Lars Kepler returns with a piercing, bestselling sequel to The
After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist,
Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an
internationally bestselling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in
dozens of countries. As the Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet put it, “The
reader is ready to sell his own soul for the opportunity to read this book
without interruption, in one sitting.”
On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman
from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her
lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she
drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no
traces of water on her clothes or body?
The next day, a man turns up dead in his state apartment in
Stockholm, hanging from a lamp hook. All signs point to suicide, but the room
has a high ceiling, and there’s not a single piece of furniture around—nothing
to climb on.
Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, but
the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events.
At its core, the most frightening aspect of The Nightmare isn’t its
gruesome crimes—it’s the dark psychology of its characters, who show us how
blind we are to our own motives.
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