Wednesday, 4 April 2012

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: The Dark Angel - Mari Jungstedt

Release Date: 29/03/12


Inspector Anders Knutas is back in the sixth installment of Mari Jungstedt's dark and compelling series of crime novels, set on the island of Gotland. This crime adventure builds on the already strong series, which combines chilling atmosphere, razor sharp plot twists and a brilliant cast of subtly crafted characters. In "The Dark Angel", Jungstedt's writing is as thrilling and poignant as ever, ensuring that Knutas will continue to have the reader gripped from start to finish. After the glamorous party planner Viktor Algard is found murdered at one of his own glitzy events, Inspector Knutas has several leads to follow. But his investigation uncovers a terrifying trail of abuse which forces Knutas to confront his own demons, and has devastating consequences for TV journalist Johan Berg and his new wife, Emma.


Scandinavian Crime is a guilty pleasure of mine. I love the harsh landscape and bleak weather and the sheer determination of the people. Add to this an author who brings it to the audience with almost cinematic imaging but backs the characters up with emotional traits that allow them to grow and it’s a setting that is not only gripping but compulsive reading.

Mari, for me is one of the best of the Scandinavians and when you bring vivid prose, solid dialogue and of course a pace that is hard set but with added police procedural with strong personal views of the crime scene from the various witnesses it makes it a novel that will bring a new aspect to the reader. All in a great story and one that I’ve enjoyed from start to finish.

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