The Crow Girl
ISBN: 0099583682 Global Overview for this book
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It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.
Detective 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.
With 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'm not going to go into the ins & out of the plot, to do so would give away its secrets & to be honest I wouldn't how to begin to explain the intricacies of the relationships between the characters or their...how shall I put it...personality "quirks". Briefly it's a tale of child abuse, torture & murder, hard hitting & cruel it doesn't make for pleasant reading at times but it also looks at psychological effects of such debasement, of how the mind copes with the trauma & the need for fulfilment/closure through vengeance & retribution.
The plot itself is one that keeps you on your toes (if you're a reader who skims, this isn't a book for you) & it's not just due to the complicated characters. I found the storyline disjointed, particularly at first, it's back & forth in time as well as switching between characters. The dialogue too I often found muddling being difficult on occasions to ascertain which character was talking. I did wonder if it was because the book had been translated or indeed, if it was due to being co-authored. However, while the feeling of fragmentation carried on throughout I got used to it & did feel that it helped emphasise the broken & muddled thoughts of one of the characters. It's an intriguing, absorbing tale & one in which I couldn't make predictions....just when I thought I'd got something reasonably sussed a great clunky spanner would be thrown in the works....if this book had a shape it would definitely be a corkscrew!
Things are relatively resolved/explained by the end although there are one or two points I'm still a bit dubious about. Without wanting to give away anything, the concluding chapters have left me feeling that I no longer know what, within the context of the story, was fact & what was fiction.
Overall a really gripping read but I can't rid myself of the fact that ultimately it's left me feeling that I've been conned.
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