The Nightmare Book Review

The Nightmare Book Review

Title: The Nightmare
Author: Lars Kepler
Published: September 25, 2018, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
No. of Pages: 560
Cover Price: $16.95 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle

The Nightmare is the second book in the popular Joona Linna series by bestselling Swedish author Lars Kepler (actually a husband and wife team). The writing has been compared to that of Stieg Larsson, and the settings are similar. In this novel, a body is found, then more bodies, that don’t seem to be connected. But the protagonist, Penelope Fernandez, chairperson of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, has made some political enemies, and the murders may be connected to her. She senses that the killer is after her and, with her boyfriend, is running; the murderer is relentless and it seems that he won’t give up.

As in the other novels in the series, the suspense starts to build immediately, and doesn’t let up throughout the novel. There are parts in the novel that are unputdownable, and readers will find themselves staying up late to find out what happens in the end.

The regular characters are back, Joona, Disa, and Saga, which makes the novel seem familiar even though the other characters are new. The authors have excellent writing skills, and do a good job of developing the characters so that they are believable. The translation is good, and it reads easily like it was originally written in English.

The book is fairly long and a bit wordy, but so fascinating that readers will want to take the extra time to read it through. There are ups and downs, as well as interesting scenarios. For those who enjoy unique, but fascinating thrillers, The Nightmare is highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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