By: Erik Axl Sund
Genre: Thriller- Horror
ABOUT THE AUTHOR- BECAUSE IT IS FASCINATING!
Erik Axl Sund is the
pen name of Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson (b. 1974) and Håkan
Axlander Sundquist (b. 1965). Håkan is a sound engineer, musician and
artist. Jerker has been the producer of Håkan's electro punk band
iloveyoubaby! and currently works as a librarian in a prison. Erik Axl
Sund is the author of three novels so far: Crow Girl (2010), Hunger Fire
(2011) and Pythia's Instructions (2012). Together, they form the
trilogy about Victoria Bergman. These dark and addictive novels became
an immediate success, both critical and commercial. The Victoria Bergman
trilogy is the latest literary phenomenon in Swedish crime fiction and a
milestone in contemporary crime fiction in general.
The most terrifying thriller you'll read this year
It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.
Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is
responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies
are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.
her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund.
Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago
– but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?
"I can't even remember how I came across this book I just remember that one look at the cover and I was drawn.
can I say about The Crow Girl? That I read a 768 page hardback novel in
two days finishing at 5 am, so reluctant I was to put it down. That it
drew me in completely though it was a tale of darkness it could almost
break the heart. Young boys are being found in a state of mummification
and the case is given to Detective Superintendent Jeannette Kihlberg to
work on. She meets psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund and together they
try to solve the mystery.
You quickly become aware that the book
is predominantly female led as the characters come to the fore. The tale
is dark with child abuse and mental illness at it's core. Violent and
disturbing it is never gratuitous as it grapples with the themes running
through it. There's no doubt that the book is upsetting and much has
been said by other reviewers; but upsetting things happen in the world
and this story ultimately becomes about how darkness can be overcome if a
determination and sense of strength is there to beat the odds. It's a
compelling story of redemption where roads either lead into the darkest
pits or lead to glimmers of light at the end of a very long dark tunnel.
In a sea of crime fiction, I will never ever forget The Crow Girl".Janet Goodreads.com