566 pages

English language

Published Sept. 8, 2015 by Harper.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

Mikael knows him as The Sandman. Seven years ago, he was taken from his bed along with his sister. They are both presumed dead. He has one target left. When Mikael is discovered on a railway line, close to death, the hunt begins for his sister. To get to the truth, Detective Inspector Joona Linna will need to get closer than ever to the man who stripped him of a family; the man who wants Linna dead.

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2 stars

While the basic premise for the book is a good find that creates a nice variation on the serial killer theme the actual description of events is very poorly realised.

The characters have absolutely no depth, even the central actor Joona is only presented by short flashes that explain nothing, least of all any motivation for any of his actions.

The sequence of events as well as the events themselves make no sense.

One example would be where the police decides to introduce a double agent to try to get some info out of the killer, knowing that he has been kept in strict isolation for 17 years without talking to anyone. Let alone the fact that no matter the mental deterioration of the patient he would be suspicious of anyone new introduced in his company after having been alone for so long, the police expects him to open up …


  • Joona Linna (Fictitious character)
  • Fiction


  • Sweden