TITLE: The Nightmare
AUTHOR: Lars Kepler
SERIES: Joona Linna
GENRES: Mystery, Thriller
FORMAT: Finnish Hardcover
PAGES: 622
PUBLISHED: March 2011

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“Kepler provides a master class in noir.”—The Boston Globe

A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago—strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment—but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, he discovers that they are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. From the internationally bestselling author of The Hypnotist comes The Nightmare, another spellbinding tale of Nordic crime.

What I Think

The Nightmare was much better than The Hypnotist. Yet it still doesn’t make it’s way to five stars. But I have high expectations for Joona Linna!

The story started off great! We get straight to the crime in hand without unnecessary dallying. It kept me on the edge of my seat pretty much all the way until the halfway of the book. The murderer is there all the time, yet still you have no idea who it is. You can only keep guessing and continue reading.
But about at the halfway mark it starts to drag on too much. Events get repetitive and I started to put down the book, had the urge to skim reap to a point where something new might finally happen. It felt just unnecessary long, this book could have been almost half shorter than it is.

Just like in the Hypnotist, there is multiple new characters we get introduced to. And do you know what got me way too excited near the end?! Finnish characters!!. It’s ridiculous how excited I truly was. I was like a little kid during Christmas when Santa finally arrives, hah. But it was so amazing to see some Finnish reinforcements in a book. So yeah, the couple Finns there were, really pumped up my hype for The Nightmare.
What I also really liked was the female detective working this case with Joona Linna. Such a strong woman. Though at the start I really thought she would let everyone keep on stomping over her. But she really worked some nerve and finally stood up for herself and got her first case finished!

All in all The Nightmare was better than The Hypnotist. But it still lacks the excitement, thrill and hooking story building I want. If some events haven’t dragged on that long, this might have made it to five stars.
I also really loved to finally read a book where I actually now the places! I mean they were briefly in Helsinki, there were Finns in here and I even recognized some of the Swedish places too.



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