The Crow Girl

by Eril Axl Sund | Mystery & Thrillers | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0099583682 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPlum-crazywing of Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 2/2/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 02, 2018

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?

Journal Entry 2 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 17, 2019
I 'd heard this was the first in a trilogy but have now found that this particular format is the three individual novels combined into one - which goes some way to explaining the size of the tome! The 760+ pages were a little daunting but that said, had I read it as three separate novels there would have undoubtedly been some time passed before I got to the second volume &, with all of the complexities & vagaries in the plot, there is no way I'd've remembered what the hell was going on!

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.

Journal Entry 3 by wingPlum-crazywing at Port William Community Shop in Port William, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, November 18, 2019

Released 2 mos ago (11/18/2019 UTC) at Port William Community Shop in Port William, Scotland United Kingdom

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