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On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies mutilated and defiled- and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall....So begins Åsa Larsson's spellbinding thriller, winner of Sweden's Best First Crime Novel Award and an international literary sensation.Rebecka Martinsson is heading home to Kiruna, the town she'd left in disgrace years before. A Stockholm attorney, Rebecka has a good reason to return: her friend Sanna, whose brother has been horrifically murdered in the revivalist church his charisma helped create. Beautiful and fragile, Sanna needs someone like Rebecka to remove the shadow of guilt that is engulfing her, to forestall an ambitious prosecutor and a dogged policewoman. But to help her friend, and to find the real killer of a man she once adored and is now not sure she ever knew, Rebecka must relive the darkness she left behind in Kiruna, delve into a sordid conspiracy of deceit, and confront a killer whose motives are dark, wrenching, and impossible to guess...
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However, I do think that there are also problems with this translation. There are some very weird colloquialisms employed in this book by the translator, which seem glaringly out of place, and there's a thread of awkwardness that winds through the narrative. Translating a work of fiction must be terribly difficult; I question whether this is a successful job.
The story itself is not bad, and there are some quite good passages that show that Larsson has some considerable talent - but not enough to make this a *really* good read. Although I have no knowledge of Swedish, I can't help but think that this book is probably a lot better in the original; I have a feeling that it probably had more style, more finesse. The English version is not unreadable, but it does have shortcomings.
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We had similar tastes in books and would share them whenever we read something we enjoyed. This book sounds interesting so I'm going to keep it to read.