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A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago---strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment---but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece togeth A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago---strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment---but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, he discovers that they are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events.


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A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago---strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment---but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece togeth A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago---strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment---but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, he discovers that they are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events.

30 review for The Nightmare

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 77% | Good Notes: As before, the dust jacket hook is incidental and fleeting, purely a gateway and device to a less compelling main plot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lalaluya

    This is a message regarding Stef's review, which sadly is the first review and has five likes. Firstly, Penelope (the girl in the first 21, not 30, pages) is not the protagonist, that point of view was merely to give an insight on the character, character depth if you will. If Stef had continued reading she would've realised that Joona Linna was the actual protagonist. Secondly it is quite disparaging how she gives it one star because of merely twenty one pages in comparison to the whole book, a This is a message regarding Stef's review, which sadly is the first review and has five likes. Firstly, Penelope (the girl in the first 21, not 30, pages) is not the protagonist, that point of view was merely to give an insight on the character, character depth if you will. If Stef had continued reading she would've realised that Joona Linna was the actual protagonist. Secondly it is quite disparaging how she gives it one star because of merely twenty one pages in comparison to the whole book, a nice and even 500. Lastly, if she had bothered to read the info flap or the info blurb on the back, she would've realised that Joona Linna--once again-- is the main character, not Penelope. For those who are in a mid crossing, wondering if they should read this book or not, yes it is true that Joona Linna doesn't appear until page 28 (along with Penelope, there are other people's pov's too), but it is like that for a reason. A novel before publication has been read over at least 50 times, there are reasons for pov's being stuck at the front or what not. In this case the novel doesn't begin in Linna's pov because it is supposed to give an idea, some background knowledge on some of the important characters of the novel, an introduction, as a beginning should be. The novel quickly picks up and continues along at a fast pace from then on out. There will be parts where you wonder to yourself, "Is this really of any relevance to the plot what so ever?" Then you read on and, as every better-than-good novel should be, the mystery unravels and you understand as to why things were the way they were. Point is: read the blurbs, give the story a chance, have faith and continue, etc.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    I think I did myself a disservice by reading The Sandman before starting this series from the beginning. Clearly this is no one's fault but my own, and truly is just personal preference, but I will say that it wasn't anything to do with the quality of writing or the translation that had me give a middle of the road rating. I had the privilege of picking up the updated translation, and I'm told it is a massive improvement from the original english translation done, although I haven't read both to I think I did myself a disservice by reading The Sandman before starting this series from the beginning. Clearly this is no one's fault but my own, and truly is just personal preference, but I will say that it wasn't anything to do with the quality of writing or the translation that had me give a middle of the road rating. I had the privilege of picking up the updated translation, and I'm told it is a massive improvement from the original english translation done, although I haven't read both to give you any specific examples of this. I think for me, Sandman was SO incredible that it was hard to back-peddle into the early stages of the series where the building of characters and growth of writing takes place. I enjoyed this one though, and definitely am looking forward to continuing the series, although I may try to jump back in with book 5 as that's where my interest seems to be for the moment, and eventually come back to book 3 after I catch up. *I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This 500 page book could have been at least 200 pages shorter. The main story about people involved in arms deals, was surrounded by several unnecessary side stories. I enjoyed the previous Lars Keplar book, The Hypnotist. This one was difficult to get into and a disappointment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yigal Zur

    started reading and immediately i recognized that i read it few years back before writing reviews. so in short very good thriller, great plot. swedish writers love the conflicts between big conglomerates and the individual, between corrupt and moral.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Luís

    A Swedish pacifist activist goes out on a boat trip with her fiance and her younger sister, but she is coldly murdered by a hitman who then pursues the couple for several hours ... At the same time, the police find a hanged business person and classify the death as suicide ... What if the two tragedies were linked? A very bloody thriller with twists and turns, the literary construction of which is sometimes embarrassing (repetition of elements from the previous chapter, succession of short chapt A Swedish pacifist activist goes out on a boat trip with her fiance and her younger sister, but she is coldly murdered by a hitman who then pursues the couple for several hours ... At the same time, the police find a hanged business person and classify the death as suicide ... What if the two tragedies were linked? A very bloody thriller with twists and turns, the literary construction of which is sometimes embarrassing (repetition of elements from the previous chapter, succession of short chapters ...). The main characters are all more or less tortured, and some puzzles remain about the hero, Joona, who regularly visits the cemetery, and spectator of a mysterious wedding crown. Lovers of classical music will be amazed by the constant references to operas and musical instruments. An interesting novel, if only for a discovery of the Swedish police.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Rough and Tumble: "The Nightmare" by Lars Kepler, Laura A. Wideburg (Trans.) In sharp contrast to the lyrical poetry that I have been reading I am half way through a Swedish Noir called “The Nightmare” by Lars Kepler and rather a nightmare it is, too. Really it’s a run of the mill, James Bond (would you believe that I have never watched a Bond film) / police/ bit of everything rough and tumble but oh how I hate the short chapters and co If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Rough and Tumble: "The Nightmare" by Lars Kepler, Laura A. Wideburg (Trans.) In sharp contrast to the lyrical poetry that I have been reading I am half way through a Swedish Noir called “The Nightmare” by Lars Kepler and rather a nightmare it is, too. Really it’s a run of the mill, James Bond (would you believe that I have never watched a Bond film) / police/ bit of everything rough and tumble but oh how I hate the short chapters and constant change of character focus; that’s my minor nightmare.

  8. 4 out of 5

    BAM Endlessly Booked

    On hold I’m not finding this very interesting

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Kepler returns with another sadistic thriller, placing Detective Inspector Joona Linna in a place of greater prominence. What do a woman found drowned on the dock of a pleasure ship left adrift and a man left hanging in his barren apartment have in common? Leave it to Linna to find the link and vow to bring the killer(s) to justice. Working with the rest of the National Criminal Investigation Division, Linna links his investigation with Saga Bauer from the Säpo's Security division (presumably pa Kepler returns with another sadistic thriller, placing Detective Inspector Joona Linna in a place of greater prominence. What do a woman found drowned on the dock of a pleasure ship left adrift and a man left hanging in his barren apartment have in common? Leave it to Linna to find the link and vow to bring the killer(s) to justice. Working with the rest of the National Criminal Investigation Division, Linna links his investigation with Saga Bauer from the Säpo's Security division (presumably part of the Swedish police hierarchy) as they try to track down the killer and determine who else might be in danger. Through much investigation and some trying analysis, Linna and Bauer piece together that a photograph might be behind both deaths. Someone is working to ensure the backstory behind it does not become public, using a hit-man to exact revenge, taking police officers down in numerous bloodbaths. What secrets does this photograph hold and how are those depicted therein facing the possibility of their worst nightmare coming true? Kepler pulls the reader into this story, complete with political and social undertones, sure to keep the pages turning well into the night. After Kepler's debut novel, I was not sure what role Joona Linna would play in the series. He played but a strong secondary role in THE HYPNOTIST, but has moved to the forefront, with a more dominant role in this story. While Kepler does keep Linna as a central character, the story develops a second character's backstory in a thorough and compelling manner, as was the case in the series' opening book. Kepler also introduces some wonderful background story for Linna that fleshes out his character, specifically his migraine issue and continually strained relationship with his girlfriend, Disa. Will these recur in subsequent novels and how might Kepler spin them effectively into the larger story? Attentive and eager readers will have to tune in and hope that the thrills and continued backstory return. Kudos, Lars Kepler for another thriller that drips with suspense, drama, and a portion of criminal intrigue.

  10. 4 out of 5

    kenzimone

    I made it approximately thirty pages into this one, and I just... can't. I can't read any more. The whole thing reads like a mediocre self-insert fanfiction, and the protagonist is the most hateful one I've ever come across; the first chapter describes a televised debate between a peace activist and a weapons manufacturer, with the manufacturer pwning the activist quite severely, and I was really amused until horrendous realization began to dawn and I understood exactly which one of the two was t I made it approximately thirty pages into this one, and I just... can't. I can't read any more. The whole thing reads like a mediocre self-insert fanfiction, and the protagonist is the most hateful one I've ever come across; the first chapter describes a televised debate between a peace activist and a weapons manufacturer, with the manufacturer pwning the activist quite severely, and I was really amused until horrendous realization began to dawn and I understood exactly which one of the two was the main character. ...Let's just say I was rooting for the 'wrong' team. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, seeing as I'm the kind of person who cheers on the Dark Side in just about everything (why are villains so much more layered?), but this MC is so self righteous and one dimensional that she makes me want to kill myself. There should be a giant warning label on the cover - 'Warning: Mary Sue peace activist protagonist' or something - because if I'd known that I would never have bothered picking the book up.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was my first read of Lars Kepler the husband & wife team set in Sweden i enjoyed it at the beginning but toward the end was a little drawn out had unnecessary dialogue which could have been settled in half the book, but that is just my opinion. I enjoyed the character of Joona Linna thought he was strong & did his job well i have the Hypnotist on my kindle just hope that one is not as dragged out at this one was.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    The Nightmare, a dark Swedish murder mystery, is the second installment with Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The author, Lars Kepler, is actually the married couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. Joona Linna is tasked with investigating two puzzling incidents: one of a drowned woman found in her dry clothing alone on a boat and also the apparent suicide of a man found hanging in his apartment. It soon becomes apparent that the two are linked. With the help of Swedish Security The Nightmare, a dark Swedish murder mystery, is the second installment with Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The author, Lars Kepler, is actually the married couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. Joona Linna is tasked with investigating two puzzling incidents: one of a drowned woman found in her dry clothing alone on a boat and also the apparent suicide of a man found hanging in his apartment. It soon becomes apparent that the two are linked. With the help of Swedish Security Police Detective Saga Bauer, the pair set about solving the mysteries as it becomes clear that a psychopath involved in arms sales is the key. As the investigation reveals, others are also in danger of being killed by this cruel man. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller. I look forward to reading more in the series. Thank you to Knopf Doubleday Publishing, NetGalley and Lars Kepler for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    No where near as good as The Hypnotist. Disappointing. :(

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb Jones

    Joona Linna is one intense and dogged police detective, determined to see an investigation through to its conclusion. Linna's case closure rate is perfect, but as with many other law enforcement professionals that dedicated to the job, his professional accomplishments come at some cost to his personal life. A well-crafted story, perhaps overly long in the telling, but worth the read to its conclusion. Joona Linna is one intense and dogged police detective, determined to see an investigation through to its conclusion. Linna's case closure rate is perfect, but as with many other law enforcement professionals that dedicated to the job, his professional accomplishments come at some cost to his personal life. A well-crafted story, perhaps overly long in the telling, but worth the read to its conclusion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is the second book in a developing series based around hard hitting cop Joona Linna. Basically it is one long thrilling experience from the first page. Reminiscent of a James Bond movie this is a novel on a really large scale with not a page wasted as this writing duo take you on a journey of threat, brutal chases and hand to hand conflict. It has action throughout balanced by involved characterisation. It is a mystery you will enjoy reading and a story that will captivate you based around This is the second book in a developing series based around hard hitting cop Joona Linna. Basically it is one long thrilling experience from the first page. Reminiscent of a James Bond movie this is a novel on a really large scale with not a page wasted as this writing duo take you on a journey of threat, brutal chases and hand to hand conflict. It has action throughout balanced by involved characterisation. It is a mystery you will enjoy reading and a story that will captivate you based around shady business practices and ultimate power. Brilliant set pieces, chases, stake-outs, manhunts and a dramatic climax at sea interwoven by tight dialogue and interspersed with people you care about. I like the story construction although basically linear and in chronological order it is enhanced with back story and memories, that never loses focus. The plot isn't straight forward and spoon fed to the reader but engages you completely and in no time at all you are half way through the book. The real joy about finishing this novel is that book 3 is available and Joona Linna is such a complex character that I long to read and learn more and the journey has only just begun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Todd Simpson

    Wow, what a fantastic story. After reading the first book in this series ‘The Hypnotist’ and being blown away by how good it was, I was keen to read this second book. I wasn’t disappointed, as both Authors have done an amazing job in writing non-stop and unpredictable story. I love Joona Linna as the main character, he stands out from the other detectives with his unique ability in seeing thing that the others can’t. His fighting skills and self-defence are another stand out in each book. Joona Wow, what a fantastic story. After reading the first book in this series ‘The Hypnotist’ and being blown away by how good it was, I was keen to read this second book. I wasn’t disappointed, as both Authors have done an amazing job in writing non-stop and unpredictable story. I love Joona Linna as the main character, he stands out from the other detectives with his unique ability in seeing thing that the others can’t. His fighting skills and self-defence are another stand out in each book. Joona Linna from the National Crime Unit isn’t used to being attacked and coming off second best. However, that’s exactly what happens when he starts to look into a recent murder and comes into contact with the man responsible. The way in which Joona was attacked certainly indicated to him that he was dealing with a professional, and he was lucky to come out of it in one piece. Not that Joona is meant to be investigating this murder and the disappearance of Penelope Fernandez and her boyfriend Bjorn Almskog. Even though his boss wants him at the academy, Joona gets the feeling that this murder is a lot bigger than everyone else believes it is, and he’s not about to walk away from it. Then of course there is the other matter of promising Penelope’s mother that he would find her daughter. From start to finish this is an exceptional story, with an interesting and entertaining plot. Easily worth the 5/5 Star Rating.

  17. 5 out of 5

    K.

    I've seen this book sitting on the shelf at work over the course of the past year, and every time I've seen it, I've thought "..........why does a high school library have a book that looks that creepy?" So when I noticed it AGAIN this past week, I figured I should probably read it and decide whether or not it's something that we need in the collection. I had pretty high hopes going into this one. I'm in the mood for thrillers, and Scandinavian crime novels usually deliver. But there was just so I've seen this book sitting on the shelf at work over the course of the past year, and every time I've seen it, I've thought "..........why does a high school library have a book that looks that creepy?" So when I noticed it AGAIN this past week, I figured I should probably read it and decide whether or not it's something that we need in the collection. I had pretty high hopes going into this one. I'm in the mood for thrillers, and Scandinavian crime novels usually deliver. But there was just something about the writing style here that felt...incredibly stilted? The chapters are often quite short. The dialogue is abrupt. There are too many perspectives and by the end of the book, I STILL had no idea who half the characters were. The main character is almost always referred to by his first name and his surname, and that just seemed weird to me?? Like, sure, call him Joona Linna when he's introducing himself. But to then have the character he's talking to say "So, Joona Linna, what do you think happened here? Joona Linna, we need to call an ambulance. Joona Linna, do you think your Finnish background will help you solve the case?" was just...bizarre. That said, any of the sections that dealt with people on the run from the hitman were...surprisingly action packed and compelling. It was just the police investigation side of things that was a let down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    MUCH better than the first book! The plot was linear and cohesive; you felt like you were in the same story from the beginning to end. The addition of Saga Bauer is a great character, and there were some open-ended things (like did Peter not re-load the gun on purpose?)that left you hanging and wondering about the balance of things at the end of the book. The chapters are short and tight and this is a good thriller. The downside for me is still that Joona Linna isn't that interesting a character. MUCH better than the first book! The plot was linear and cohesive; you felt like you were in the same story from the beginning to end. The addition of Saga Bauer is a great character, and there were some open-ended things (like did Peter not re-load the gun on purpose?)that left you hanging and wondering about the balance of things at the end of the book. The chapters are short and tight and this is a good thriller. The downside for me is still that Joona Linna isn't that interesting a character. We are introduced to some kind of medical problem he has (headaches?), though the authors are vague. And the relationship between him and Disa, which wasn't very compelling anyway, has somehow disintegrated between the first novel and the second, but we're not really told why. While I'm curious about what she has to tell them, it's too long an arc to hold my interest and I really can't see what Disa and Joona would have been doing together to begin with. Based on this, I will tune in for the 3rd installment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ti.Me

    2nd in the Joona Linna series, The Nightmare is pretty intense. I had to take several breaks to lighten up with podcasts and sports, etc... I'm feeling so into Joona and company that my next read is number 3 in the same series. A solid 4 stars. 2nd in the Joona Linna series, The Nightmare is pretty intense. I had to take several breaks to lighten up with podcasts and sports, etc... I'm feeling so into Joona and company that my next read is number 3 in the same series. A solid 4 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This is the 2nd book in the Joona Linna series by the husband and wife writers that publish under the name Lars Kepler. I have read most of the books in this series and found them to be of a consistently high standard. This one is up there with the others and is an excellent addition to the series, a good plot and well paced with excellent characters. A young woman is found drifting around the coast, her lungs are full of water but there are no other signs of water in her abandoned boat or even This is the 2nd book in the Joona Linna series by the husband and wife writers that publish under the name Lars Kepler. I have read most of the books in this series and found them to be of a consistently high standard. This one is up there with the others and is an excellent addition to the series, a good plot and well paced with excellent characters. A young woman is found drifting around the coast, her lungs are full of water but there are no other signs of water in her abandoned boat or even on her clothing. The following day another death is detected when a man is found hanging from a lamp hook in the ceiling of his Stockholm apartment. These two deaths appear to be either accidental or suicides but something focuses the attention of Inspector Linna who has different ideas and feels that the death appears to be an execution. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liz | The Crime Girl

    4.5 stars! Lars Kepler, you have done it again! I swear, this couple can do no wrong in my eyes. This book was SO damn good. This was the usual whodunit police procedural by Lars Kepler focusing on our favourite DI at this point, Jonna Linna! The best thing about Kepler books is you’re always guaranteed to be thrown straight into the action — on a summer’s night the body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with wa 4.5 stars! Lars Kepler, you have done it again! I swear, this couple can do no wrong in my eyes. This book was SO damn good. This was the usual whodunit police procedural by Lars Kepler focusing on our favourite DI at this point, Jonna Linna! The best thing about Kepler books is you’re always guaranteed to be thrown straight into the action — on a summer’s night the body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with water, but her clothes are completely dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment — but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? This was a very well layered book, there’s a lot going on and lots of characters you’re introduced too that keeps the story really interesting and allows the investigation to move along nice and fast. And add in the short chapters; you’re able to fly through those 500 pages! Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the writing style, and the topics that appeared — such as illegal arms trading and one of the characters that’s within a higher power dealing with mental health problems. I absolutely LOVED that this book had a strong political element to it; its something that I see very little in books because it clearly doesn’t appeal to too many, but I really really enjoyed it. There wasn’t too much I didn’t enjoy about this book, but the reasons why I didn’t rate this one higher was because it was probably slightly too long, and there was definitely areas that were highly unrealistic at times, but other than that it was fab! Overall, I would highly recommend this one to you guys! This is such a good slow burning police procedural, that reads really fast-paced. This is number two in the Jonna Linna series but you can definitely read them as stand alones if you don’t wanna read the whole series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Em*bedded-in-books*

    Was bored to death . 🤐😪😴

  23. 4 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    The Nightmare by Lars Kepler is yet another exciting installment in the Joona Linna series. It's only book two, but I thought it was even better than book one and it sounds like that will be a trend as the series goes on. I already have a soft spot for Linna, and I enjoy his dry humor and wit. We are also introduced to Swedish Security Police detective Saga Bauer in this book and I loved her character, so I hope we get to see more of her in the future! This was another super gritty, disturbing, The Nightmare by Lars Kepler is yet another exciting installment in the Joona Linna series. It's only book two, but I thought it was even better than book one and it sounds like that will be a trend as the series goes on. I already have a soft spot for Linna, and I enjoy his dry humor and wit. We are also introduced to Swedish Security Police detective Saga Bauer in this book and I loved her character, so I hope we get to see more of her in the future! This was another super gritty, disturbing, and graphic read but it was full of action and I enjoyed all of the different viewpoints even though some of them ended up being a little receptive. That being said, I can tell why this was done and I really liked finding out exactly what happened in each scene. I mixed in a little bit of the audio, but I mostly read this one and had a hard time putting it down. It felt like something new was always happening, and there are definitely quite a few pulse-pounding moments. I am really new to the Scandinavian crime genre, but I am loving this series and the way Kepler writes. Even though I read my physical copy for the most part, I still highly recommend the audio for The Nightmare since it is the same narrator as The Hypnotist - Saul Reichlin. He is such a fantastic narrator, and I could listen to him all day. I love his excitement for what he's voicing and so far haven't had any complaints! If you haven't read the Joona Linna series yet and you like Nordic noir you definitely should! They sometimes go off on tangents and include a lot of a certain character’s backstory, but that's one of the things I personally love about them and I really feel like I'm getting to know these characters that way. Just make sure you can handle graphic descriptions and gore! I'm excited to be reading these in a group read and I can't wait to get started on the next one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maja Ingrid

    I'm actually quite enjoying these books! I'm actually quite enjoying these books!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf

    4 STARS. I’m officially one step closer to completing Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna series and I am so happy to say that this book did not disappoint 🙌🏼 While this is the only Kepler book (so far) that I’ve rated less than 5 stars, it was still a great fast-paced police procedural that proved this series to be the best one I’ve ever read 🕵🏼‍♀️🖤⁣ ⁣ My favorite aspect of this book was, of course, Kepler’s writing style. I’m always instantly hooked on their books because of how compelling the writing is 4 STARS. I’m officially one step closer to completing Lars Kepler’s Joona Linna series and I am so happy to say that this book did not disappoint 🙌🏼 While this is the only Kepler book (so far) that I’ve rated less than 5 stars, it was still a great fast-paced police procedural that proved this series to be the best one I’ve ever read 🕵🏼‍♀️🖤⁣ ⁣ My favorite aspect of this book was, of course, Kepler’s writing style. I’m always instantly hooked on their books because of how compelling the writing is and this book was no different 👌🏼 I also loved how fast-paced and binge-worthy this book was. Police procedurals can sometimes feel pretty drawn out, but in my opinion, Kepler’s never feel too long or detailed. I always appreciate how complex and well-written Kepler’s books are, which is why I love them so much 🤓⁣ ⁣ The only reason why I didn’t love this book as much as the others in the series is because there was a STRONG political element all throughout the book, which is usually not my thing. Because of this, I didn’t find the plot as intriguing compared to Kepler’s other books and I wasn’t fully immersed in the story the entire time. This is just personal preference, though, so the political aspect of this book won’t be a con for everyone 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ TRIGGERS: Suicide, Rape⁣ ⁣ Overall, I would definitely recommend this one to you guys! It was a fantastic police procedural and another great installment in Kepler’s Joona Linna series 🖤🔎⁣

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    The Nightmare by Lars Kepler is the 2nd in the Detective Joona Linna series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Background (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books): Homicide Detective Joona Linna works for the National Criminal Investigation Department in Sweden. His father was a policeman who was killed on the j The Nightmare by Lars Kepler is the 2nd in the Detective Joona Linna series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Background (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books): Homicide Detective Joona Linna works for the National Criminal Investigation Department in Sweden. His father was a policeman who was killed on the job when Joona was 12, so he was raised by his mother. After his military service as a paratrooper, he was recruited into Special Operations, and qualified for special training in the Netherlands in mixed close combat, innovative weaponry, and urban guerrilla warfare. He is respected by his peers, and somewhat envied, but considered stubborn, and somewhat aloof. His need to be “right” is a strange quirk. His crime solve rate is high, probably because of his empathy. He can understand, but not condone, the criminal mind, and anticipates the perpetrators moves. He is driven, driven to keep going until the crime is solved. He suffers from a rare form of migraine, but refuses to take the drug when he is working a case, since it makes him drowsy. My Synopsis: When a young woman is found on a yacht floating in the harbor, it seems strange that the cause of death is drowning, because her clothes are dry. With the dead woman’s sister and her sister’s boyfriend missing, Joona insists on being part of this case. It quickly becomes obvious that the wrong woman was murdered. That means Penelope and her boyfriend Bjorn are still out there, being hunted. Penelope is chairperson of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society. Who would want a peace lover killed? Meanwhile, Carl Palmcrona, who makes the final decisions regarding arms exports for Sweden, is found hanging from his bedroom ceiling. It is a suicide, but how could he have hung the noose, as there was nothing for him to stand on. Another puzzle. When the two are finally linked, the net will be wide. Saga Bauer is a detective with the Security Police who specializes in counterterrorism. She will work closely with Joona to solve these crimes. My Opinions: I read this book many, many years ago, but when offered the ebook through NetGalley, I am hooked all over again. I had forgotten how good these books are. Joona Linna is in a class all by himself. I love the way his mind works. I know Saga Bauer has her own series, but I had not read them, so I loved the fact that the authors brought her into this one…of course, now I have another series I’ll have to look into. I’m okay with that. The book is fairly long, but the pace is fast. A lot of action, and a lot of suspense. It is written using different points of view, so that you know what is going on with each main character, without any confusion as to timelines. (You just want Joona or Saga to get there on time). I love the characters that Kepler creates…not just Joona and Saga. I loved the integrity of Alex, the naivety of Beverly, the insanity of Raphael, and the love of a mother for her daughters. We are also learning a bit more about Joona’s background, and his rather strained relationship with his girlfriend Disa. It was a good book, and I’m looking forward re-reading the next! For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  27. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    More on Chill and read I have started a bit strangely with this series, but I have come to love Detective Inspector Joona Linna and his way of thinking! The first book I read, was “The Sandman” which is actually the fourth installment in the series. I did love it, so I went back to read the rest! The first installment was “The Hypnotist” which makes the introduction of the Detective Inspector and is quite a read! Now, I’ve just finished the second installment, “The Nightmare” and I want to talk t More on Chill and read I have started a bit strangely with this series, but I have come to love Detective Inspector Joona Linna and his way of thinking! The first book I read, was “The Sandman” which is actually the fourth installment in the series. I did love it, so I went back to read the rest! The first installment was “The Hypnotist” which makes the introduction of the Detective Inspector and is quite a read! Now, I’ve just finished the second installment, “The Nightmare” and I want to talk to you about this one! A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago. As a twist of fate, her clothes are dry, without any trace of sea water, while her collarbone has a strange mark. The very next day, a man is found dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his apartment. The man’s name is Carl Palmcrona and he is Director general of the Inspectorate for Strategic Products (ISP). He is the one that makes decisions about Swedish arms exports. Is there even a connection between the two incidents? Detective Inspector Joona Linna is trying to solve the two mysteries and understand what pieces them together and what brings them apart. The one looks like a clear murder case, while the other one is a plain suicide. But something is really wrong with both of them. Why was the young woman dressed after murdered? Why would such a powerful and wealthy man commit suicide? This story focuses on the arms business, the Swedish one in this case, and all the dangerous games that people involved can play. Being in an important position, making decisions that would affect hundreds, thousands of lives across the planet isn’t easy. Greediness though can make a good persuading game and you might not even understand the length of your involvement until it;s too late. Furthermore, more often than else, the people involved in such activities are ruthless criminals, caring only about profit and nothing else. Which leads us to what we have here. An interesting thriller! The plot is amazing. It involves so many different aspects and different people, no one would ever think could be part of the same story. Music is tightly connected to the story, giving a different turn to the name of the famous Italian violinist, Niccolò Paganini. Criminal contracts that cannot be broken, that will not cease to exist even if one of the signing parties is dead, now bare the musician’s name and are signed under the spell of his music. I really enjoyed Joona Linna in this story. His smart mind has come to life and has shown what can be hidden and what can be revealed and that we should look really hard to find all the missing pieces. He is an amazing character and one of my favorite detectives! Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Book 2, in the Detective Inspector Joona Linna series This is another nail-biting mystery with chase after chase and tense situation that keeps coming at every pages or so. This second complex installment looks into two bizarre deaths, one being of Carl Palmcrona, the general director of the National inspectorate of Strategic Products overseeing military exports found hanged at his home and the other of Penelope Fernandez found dead on a drifting boat. And voilà, Linna detective extraordinaire is Book 2, in the Detective Inspector Joona Linna series This is another nail-biting mystery with chase after chase and tense situation that keeps coming at every pages or so. This second complex installment looks into two bizarre deaths, one being of Carl Palmcrona, the general director of the National inspectorate of Strategic Products overseeing military exports found hanged at his home and the other of Penelope Fernandez found dead on a drifting boat. And voilà, Linna detective extraordinaire is on the scene and after one look he knows what happened. He delves into the cases and crosses paths with a professional killer and a sadistic businessman involved in a scheme with horrific international consequences. During the 500 pages we have countess red-herring and exceptionally nasty criminal behavior. The mystery weaves an intricate web of motives and manipulation as its action escalates into pulse-pounding rescue missions and reveals a trail of corruption linking the wealthiest and most connected families in Europe to vicious war crimes in Sudan. I liked this clever piece of fiction even with some of the foul language and sexual references and its weird and long cast characters. I am looking forward to the sequel “The Fire Witness”.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    This was much better than the first in the series. Faster paced and some very exciting and tense moments. Still a bit longer than necessary but I wonder if the translation is adding to the length.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)

    This is an excellent crime/thriller, written by a truly talented duo of Swedish authors, Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril who are considered to be one of the brightest representatives of the 'Nordic Noir' genre. ''The Nightmare'' is the second installment in the magnificent Joona Linna book series, with the protagonist being a Finnish super-detective working in Stockholm police, and his background story, which unfolds slowly in the first three books in the series, is stigmatized This is an excellent crime/thriller, written by a truly talented duo of Swedish authors, Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril who are considered to be one of the brightest representatives of the 'Nordic Noir' genre. ''The Nightmare'' is the second installment in the magnificent Joona Linna book series, with the protagonist being a Finnish super-detective working in Stockholm police, and his background story, which unfolds slowly in the first three books in the series, is stigmatized by the unavoidable and necessary exodus of his wife and daughter from his life for the reasons we read about at the end of the third book in the series, titled ''The Fire Witness''. In my opinion, ''The Nightmare'' is a better book than the previous -first in the series- ''Hypnotist'' as it seems that the writers are more mature both in their plot planning and rhythm of development as well as their character descriptions. The story begins when the Stockholm's police discover two bodies in two -seemingly- unrelated cases which, as is typical of Scandi-Crime novels, begin to merge as the plot starts to unravel. The reader has the opportunity to indulge in great suspenseful scenes filled with plenty of action, and he never feels tired or uninterested. In this book, we are also introduced to Saga Bauer, an extremely competent and effective police officer, sort of a feminine equivalent to Linna, for whom we also learn more in the next novels of this series. Each and every novel of the Joona Linna series has a cinematic feeling and effect on the reader and it should be noted that the ''Hypnotist'' (#1) led to an on-screen adaptation directed by Lasse Hallström with Tobias Zilliacus as ''dourly driven investigator Joona Linna'' (Hollywoodreporter.com). In my opinion, the Ahndoril duetto (husband and wife) definitely belong to the elite of contemporary European crime fiction (Scandinavian or not) and the Jonna Linna series is one of the most exciting and seducing I've ever read (note that I am an avid crime fiction reader) and I will always eagerly awaiting Lars Kepler's new books.

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