The Crow Girl

The Crow Girl

Book - 2016
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"Two women--a police detective and a psychotherapist--are faced with the question: how much suffering can one human being inflict upon another before he ceases to be human and becomes a monster?" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385349871
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sun
Characteristics: 767 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil 1964-


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Dec 19, 2018

This book was hard to put down but I am not sure all threads in this story connect. And there are some things that don't ring true to me. Sometimes the ages of the characters seem out of synch. And I think a character is one age when they enter the story but a few pages later, they are much older than I suspected. Maybe there are so many people in the story that I forget they were introduced in the beginning because they seem to pop up later in the story and I wonder where they came from. And I was confused who were the real people and who were the disassociated personalities of the crow girl. The book is over 700 pages so it is not easy to go back and try to straighten out the story. For me the book was very action oriented and kept my attention, despite what I felt like were all the discordant aspects to the story. I did wonder how they were going to keep the reader involved when it seemed they were wrapping up the case and there were still over 200 pages left, but it worked for me.

Jul 08, 2017

I own this debut novel by Erik Axl Sund (duo authors) and even though book was nearly 800 pages, I could barely put it down. Quite a roller coaster of a debut and am looking forward more of their translated into English books featuring Detective Supervisor Jeanette Kihlberg and her staff.

Nov 16, 2016

The first book in the Victoria Bergman serie

Sep 30, 2016

This book is written in an excessive, self indulgent manner and suffers from editing. It could have about 304 pages cut from its text. It is repetitive and wanders about too much.
There are sections devoted to a Gilah character, that seems to have little to do with the the overall story. The writers might have led up to this Nazi / Holocaust aspect of the story, instead of introducing it 2/3 of the way into the story.
By page 700, the story starts to run out of steam, the writing gets lazy and is finally tied up in a quite stupid way. Totally disappointing. This no Stieg Larsson writing, and probably won't even make it into being a TV show anywhere, even (in Europe).
Descriptions stop short of kiddy-porn.
Excessive mysogyny.
Too many characters.
Too many places.
Untidy closures.
The protagonist gets burned all around - she deserves better.

Sep 23, 2016

I found it difficult to get into but once I sorted out who was who ( well, kind of....) I was hooked. Warning: only get this book out if you have say a broken leg and can't do anything much, otherwise you will find yourself reading while you should be doing something else. I'm also gutted that there is not 2 more to follow.

ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2016

In this disturbing U.S. debut by the Swedish writing duo known as Erik Axl Sund, the mutilated bodies of tortured young boys are being dumped in public places around Stockholm. Already worn down by the realities of police work, Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg catches the case, which loses resources when the children are identified as undocumented immigrants. A harrowing and deeply dark look into sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress, this chilling novel is the 1st in a trilogy that has proven popular in Europe.

Jul 01, 2016

Whoa...really intense! An incredible ride!

Can't put it down and hesitant to pick it up!

I don't think I've ever read 400+ pages so quickly ... only 300+ to go. And wished there were more...

Place names are challenging. Short Chapters keep you on track with the many characters...and encourage you to read..."just one more."

NOT for the faint of heart!

Disappointed to find out that the English volume compiled all 3 the Victoria Bergman series. I was so excited to momentarily think I could get my hands on 2 more sequels.

Love to hear what others think/thought.


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Aug 13, 2018

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