It was fine to throw yourself out there and take a chance when you were a teenager, but with the years it felt as if her heart had grown less and less elastic. The efforts required were greater and the damage to one’s self-confidence bigger each time.
I read this one while in Denver for a conference. The weather was wintry and offered the perfect backdrop for this suspense novel. Unfortunately, while the weather in Denver was memorable, this novel was not.
From what I can remember at this point (it has been some weeks since I finished it), it was a decent read. It was suspenseful, but in a slow, ponderous way. I did not feel gripped with fear or anxiety or any other strong emotion.
From some of the blurbs I had read about it, I thought it would be similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I really liked, but I didn’t find the comparison convincing.
Erika, the main character, was a bit strange. She was wishy-washy, and she never really came to life for me. I just did not buy some of the things she said or did.
In addition to disliking the main character, there were just too many elements in this novel that felt unresolved with the characters and certain characters’ actions.
Spoiler alert: What the F was up with Erika’s sister’s storyline? Her husband is abusive. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it! So WHY was nobody doing anything about it!? I mean, Erika, for the love of everything you are dating a COP. Tell him about it and do something to help your sister. And then, there was that scene where said abusive husband attacks Erika. It happened, it was incredibly uncomfortable, and then it was never mentioned again. She didn’t tell her sister, she didn’t tell her boyfriend, she didn’t take any steps to protect herself against her brother-in-law. I mean, maybe this is a cultural misunderstanding on my part, but I just did not care for this particular instance OR the male/female relationships throughout.</spoiler>
Okay, rant over. Now, I did like this okay, minus my issues with unresolved actions and characters, but I don’t think I’ll read anything else by Läckberg. I think our world-views are just too different for me to enjoy anything she writes. I would rather spend my time reading things that I really like. Cuz…
This was my pick for Read Harder Challenge #19 — a book of genre fiction in translation.