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Lars Kepler returns with a piercing, bestselling sequel to The Hypnotist

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.


The Nightmare
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4.2 / 5
January 23rd, 2014
Excellent reading. Lars Kepler makes you live the nightmare. Hope to see more of Joona Linna.
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Easy to read but...
October 25th, 2013
I read this book quite quickly, as the story goes fast and hardly allows the reader to take a breathe. But it seems to me this book is like a pizza from the supermarket : a standard product designed to match the common expectations. The author likes describing the body movements while holding weapons, the wounds caused to the victims, the blood spurts... And I remember Agatha Christie (as well as Maurice Leblanc) who catches the readers by only the quality and the consistency of the story. They have both proved a good novel doesn't need to be stuffed with blood, weapons and accurate descriptions of gestures in quick action. What misses here is somewhat could be called subtlety...
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September 16th, 2013
Amazing story! Very hard to put down, you will be reading until the wee hours of the morning...Make sure to start reading on Friday or during the weekend.
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