Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer Death

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): IN THE ACCLAIMED MALIN FORS SERIES, EVERY SEASON IS PERFECT FOR MURDER. The tiny town that Detective Malin Fors calls home is plagued by a sweltering heat wave and resulting raging forest fires. It is the hottest summer anyone can recall, and it’s about to become the most violent and grim, too. A teenage girl is found naked and bleeding in a city park, without any recollection of what has happened to her. Next, another grisly discovery is made on a lakeside beach, and the whole town is on edge. A serial killer walks among them, and while the families of Link√∂ping withdraw to protect their young, Malin must uncover the secrets behind these crimes, potentially putting herself and her own family at risk in the process.

My Review:  

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Summer Death reminded me a lot of Kiss the Girls and The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo.  The story is told in the voices of the dead girls speaking to their parents and the detective.  This was creepy! As the action builds towards an attempt to capture the lead detective’s daughter.  One thing that was compelling is that I could not figure out who the murderer was.  That revelation was totally unexpected. 

Favorite Character(s):  I would have to say the detective.  I liked her strong character. She was my hero!

Setting:  I think the setting was Sweden, as the names appear Scandinavian.  It had The Girl With a Dragoon Tattoo appeal to it.  Where ever it was, it worked for the story!

Fast read/slow read:  I felt the first half was slower and picked up significantly in the second half.

Cover:  I like it!

What Others Are Saying:  “Kallentoft writes vividly and harshly.” (The Washington Times)

“One of those books that will keep you up throughout the night. . . Make room on your shelf--and calendar--for this one.” (Bookreporter)

“Readers will look forward to the next three volumes.” (Publishers Weekly)

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I would read more from Mons Kallentoft, but I could read them in row - this was intense!

Meet the Author: Mons Kallentoft is the author of the internationally acclaimed crime fiction series featuring Malin Fors. The series has been translated into twenty-six languages and has sold more than 1.5 million copies. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Purchase it:  You can purchase Summer Death online at Amazon for $25.99 (Kindle version $11.40).

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