Monday, 7 November 2011

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Midwinter Sacrifice - Mons Kallentoft

Release Date: 27/10/11


'An investigation consists of a mass of voices, the sort you can hear, and the sort you can't. You have to listen to the soundless voices, Malin. That's where the truth is hidden.'The snow covered all the tracks, as the killer knew it would. But it couldn't hide the victim, the man who now hung naked from a lonely tree on a frozen plain.Malin Fors is first on the scene. A thirty-one-year-old single mother, Malin is the most talented and ambitious detective on the Linkoping police force, but also the most unpredictable. She must lead the investigation while keeping her fractured life on the rails.No one knows the identity of the dead man. Or perhaps no one ever wanted to know. When all the voices of the investigation have fallen silent, Malin can rely only on herself and her own instincts. And as she follows in the frigid wake of the killer, Malin begins to discover just how far the people in this small town are willing to go to keep their secrets buried.


I’ve been a fan of Scandinavian Crime Fiction for quite some time so when a new book arrives I’ve always moved it quite high up my TBR list in order to get the thrills, the spills and the chills quite quickly as the writing is not only crisp but unique with characters that fit the bleak landscape of the Scandinavia of my imagination as they seek to find answers to the monstrous nature of mankind.

It’s wonderfully descriptive, the lead character one that the reader can associate with and share the discoveries and of course, with an overall arc that has touches of history brought into it, I hope that this title by Mon’s will do the same for his country as Craig Russell has done for Germany. Add to this a story that digs deep to the heart of the matter and personal conflict and it’s a title that I really couldn’t put down.

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