Wednesday, 28 March 2018

FP Book Club #9

Hey Guys!

It has been a wee while, but it is time for then next FP Book Club. I will be honest, it took me a while to get all my thoughts about this book down...it’s a heavy one.
This months book was The Crow Girl by Eric Axl Sund, it is a Scandinavian thriller written by two authors under the one name. The story follows detective Jeanette Kihlberg and physiologist Sofia Zetterlund who end up working together to solve the mysterious deaths of three boys who are found abandoned around Stockholm. 
The story then takes a darker twist with Jeanette and Sophia discovering the existence of an abuse ring which brings a lot of things close to home for Sofia as they discover and investigate all the crimes more. That is a very brief description of the story, it is quite difficult to describe the storyline without giving too much away. What I can say is that there are so many twists and turns and just when you think you have got it something happens that totally changes it.
I did really enjoy this book, however, it is not an easy read. It is very gruesome and with the subject matter of abuse and even insect you do have to take a break from it from time to time, well I did anyway. It was really interestingly written, as it was written by two authors it does have some very different styles in it. The chapters are less definitive and they all sort of roll into one, it isn’t a bad thing, it is just the way it is written. Unlike most books when the next chapter is on a new page, these chapters all just follow on from each other and related to the place where the chapter is taking place, so a lot of them are similar titles throughout. All the way through the book there are flashbacks to different memories from different characters in the book, which can be a little confusing but it does all tie together in the end. 
As I said the topic of this book is not exactly easy to read but it is a tense, gripping thriller right to the end. I was quite surprised to learn that it was actually originally written as three separate books rather than one book with three parts. I think it works better as one book, I would have been really frustrated waiting for each individual book to come out because each section ends with so much un-answered. I will be honest, I was a little disappointed with the ending, I just think more could have been done.
All in all I would recommend this book, if you like thrillers and particular Scandinavian crime thrillers this will be right up your street.
Have you read The Crow Girl? Don’t forget to join my Goodreads book club and share your thoughts. Oh and want to join me in reading the next book club book? It will be the classic 1984 by George Orwell, happy reading! 
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