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Stalker

Joona Linna, Book 5
Written by: Lars Kepler
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
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"Lars Kepler...[has] a taste for the macabre and a surefire recipe for the lurid serial-killer thriller.... This is not a book for anyone on heart medication. Kepler is a virtuoso at delivering scenes of suspense." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

The internationally best-selling authors of The Sandman and The Hypnotist return with a terrifying new thriller: Detective Joona Linna - recently returned from compassionate leave - reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable sadistic killer.

The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware she's being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman's body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there's nothing they can do. 

Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna's worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things. 

Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he's beginning to think an innocent man may be behind bars - and a serial killer still on the loose....

©2019 Lars Kepler (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“The reveal of the stalker’s identity is a genuine gut-punch.... Kepler (the pen name for the husband-and-wife writing team of Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril) does a masterly job of elevating the serial killer thriller beyond genre clichés and tropes.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Kepler delivers a page-turning hunt for an expertly camouflaged killer that draws shocking connections between the hallowed halls of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm’s prostitution and drug scene, and Sweden’s rural churches. The author’s dark, complex procedurals are must-reads for readers drawn to Stieg Larsson, Mons Kallentoft, and Michael Connelly.” (Booklist, starred review)  

“An intricate plot and escalating tension set the stage for this tense, clever, pulse-pounding thriller. A must for fans of Stieg Larsson.” (J.D. Barker, international best-selling author of The Fourth Monkey)

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A suspense masterpiece !

Keplar doesn't disappoint his readers. Can't wait for the next installment. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Pamela Johnson
  • 2019-03-16

Love Joona!

Not quite as good as The Sandman but good none the less. Not a fan of Erik Maria Bark character. Hope this is is last appearance.

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  • nottohappy
  • 2019-02-20

Just phenomenal

I reaaaaally enjoyed this book. Such a nice build up and although you might be clever enough to figure out who’s did it, you may not. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good book.