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Killer's Island
     

Killer's Island

3.8 15
by Anna Jansson, Enar Henning Koch (Translator)
 

The White Sea-Lady myth is said to be as old as the ancient Swedish island Gotland has been inhabited. It tells the story of a young bride who drowned on her wedding night and returns as a ghost to lure men into the watery depths. This legend resurfaces when a nurse is found murdered in a wedding dress. Detective Inspector Maria Wern investigates, but it becomes

Overview

The White Sea-Lady myth is said to be as old as the ancient Swedish island Gotland has been inhabited. It tells the story of a young bride who drowned on her wedding night and returns as a ghost to lure men into the watery depths. This legend resurfaces when a nurse is found murdered in a wedding dress. Detective Inspector Maria Wern investigates, but it becomes clear that the police are also under observation by a seemingly pervasive killer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/11/2013
Jansson knows that to truly engage a reader in a whodunit, the victim must be someone whom the reader has come to know. Her second Maria Wern thriller to be translated into English (after 2013’s Strange Bird) rewards readers’ patience with the chilling murder of a character they’re likely to have grown attached to. And well before that, she offers up a disturbing opening scene, as Wern, a police detective on the Swedish island of Gotland, intervenes when she witnesses a boy being savagely beaten by three men—only to be assaulted herself. As she struggles to return to duty, her colleagues tackle a horrific murder in which the killer dressed the decapitated victim as a bride and placed the head in the corpse’s lap. More deaths follow before the wrenching psychological motive for the crimes is revealed, along with the culprit’s identity. Sophisticated depictions of human frailty, both among the police and civilians, make this a memorable read. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"In the portrayal of the conflict between work and love, duty and pleasure, guilt and hope, Jansson exceeds the conditions of life without abandoning the people who succumb beneath them.”—Göteborgsposten, Swedish newspaper

"Probably the best book I’ve read by Anna Jansson, thrilling indeed."—Norra Västerbotten, Swedish newspaper

"As always, Anna Jansson delivers good crime novels, some in the series are better than the others and Killer’s Island is doubtless among the best."—Carola Lindström, Barnboksbloggen

"[Killer's Island] subsumes to the same genre as its forerunners: Disgusting violence, constant growing suspense, the focus on phenomena in the society and physcological explanations"—Dalarnas Tidning, Swedish newspaper

"I've been watching the Maria Wern TV series, produced by Swedish television and broadcasted in the US by MhZnetworks, and have been waiting anxiously for some of Anna Jansson's books (on which the series is based) to appear in English translation."—International Noir Fiction, blog

Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
On the Swedish island of Gotland, DI Maria Wern and her colleagues are confronted with a serial killer. With the first victim, a nurse dressed as a bride, Jansson cleverly weaves into her story line the ancient Norse myth of the White Sea-Lady, who lures men to their deaths. A widowed single mother raising two children and jumping back into the dating scene, Maria also must endure a tense waiting period to find out if she has been exposed to HIV. The inclusion of Harry, the island hypochondriac, adds another interesting character to an engaging mystery story. VERDICT Jansson's second book to be translated into English (after Strange Bird) is sure to be a hit with avid fans of Scandinavian crime fiction. Book clubs will find that this story provides many current and relevant topics to discuss.—Janet A. Ohles, Western Connecticut State Univ. Lib., Danbury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789187173998
Publisher:
Stockholm Text
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Series:
Maria Wern Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Jansson has established herself as one of Sweden's elite crime writers. Before becoming an author, she worked as a nurse and continues to do so part-time at Örebro Hospital's lung clinic. She holds frequent lectures on ethical issues related to medical care and has had several essays included in academic books related to health care. Jansson has three children and lives in Vintrosa outside of Örebro, Sweden.

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Killer's Island 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Claes More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best thrillers I have read. An intense uneasy feeling on this rural island. Really suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. Once you realize the "who" is in this "Who Done It" the rest just seems to fall into a predictable pattern though. Still undecided if I would read again because approx. 2/3 of the way into it becomes a bit predictable. If there is gratuitous violence, they moved it to another book. Nice illusion to the gore & violence which I like. So tired of reading books that are simply pages of descriptions on the gore & unnecessary violence.
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I found the plot slow, too many characters with similar names, confusing to keep up with who had what problem with who. I finished the book only because I can't stand to leave I've started to read unfinished, wish I'd left this one unfinished.
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Possomholler More than 1 year ago
This book is so weird that I could not read it. I started it but the more I read the worse it got. It was too strange with a lot of strange people in it that were hung up on being crazy and driving everyone else that way. A real bad book!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To much cussing
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Yes you may join name?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one ever buy this book im telling you right now