The Sandman by Lars Kepler Review

Posted on September 10, 2014

0


The Sandman by Lars Kepler Picture courtesy of www.hcindythinking.co.uk

The Sandman by Lars Kepler
Picture courtesy of http://www.hcindythinking.co.uk


Having only read the first in the series with the second sitting on my bookshelf, I jumped straight to this uncorrected proof copy sent out by Waterstone’s for review purposes.

The story starts with a young man turning up malnourished and bedraggled, looking like the walking dead. It turns out that he has been missing for thirteen years along with his sister and their captor has been in a secure wing of a psychiatric hospital for the same time.

The question is, how did the man escape when it was long presumed he had died along with his sister and where had he been all that time? Also, how had he managed to survive as a child up until that point?

And then it turns out that his sister is possibly still alive and the race is on to find her.

What follows is a tour-de-force ride through the mind and soul of what humanity is capable of and the reasons behind their crimes.

Lars Kepler are a husband and wife writing duo who do not hold back in pace, style and shocks. Their writing style is cold, clinical and to the point with very short chapters that you turn fast, burning pages as you do so.

Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril aka Lars Kepler

Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril aka Lars Kepler
Picture courtesy of http://www.forlagsliv.no


All the characters are a little damaged psychologically and it’s this darkness that carries them through the story with intense interest.

Joona Linna is one of the best lead characters in recent literary crime history and it’s his relentless and methodical style that carries you through until the last blood-soaked and tense page.

Read this book and prepare to be swept along in a hurricane. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Advertisements
Posted in: Books