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The Dark Heart

A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator
Narrated by: Ulf Bjorklund
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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A chilling true crime story of poisonous family secrets, love gone wrong, and a cold case that refused to stay buried....

In late summer of 2012, millionaire landowner Göran Lundblad went missing from his farm in Sweden. When a search yielded nothing, and all physical evidence had seemingly disappeared, authorities had little to go on - except a disturbing phone call five weeks later from Göran’s daughter Maria. She was sure that her sister, Sara, was somehow involved. At the heart of the alleged crime: Sara’s greed, her father’s land holdings, and his bitter feud with Sara’s idler boyfriend. 

With no body, there was no crime - and the case went as cold and dark as the forests of southern Sweden. But not for Therese Tang. For two years, this case was her obsession.

A hard-working ex-model, mother of three, and Missing People investigator, Therese was willing to put her own safety at risk in order to uncover the truth. What she found was a nest of depraved secrets, lies, and betrayal. All she had to do now, in her relentless and dangerous pursuit of justice, was prove that it led to murder.

©2017 Joakim Palmkvist. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. English translation © 2018 by Agnes Broomé.

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  • Muggle Mom
  • 2019-01-22

Swedish Millionaire Murder

Highly recommend the audio version because of the Swedish names/locations – knowing the exact pronunciation made the story more impactful for my reading experience.

A detailed character portrayal of the killers and for anyone who does not live in Sweden nor has visited Sweden, details about the “lay of the land” (hence the title of the book).

As a true crime reader, I always appreciate the nuances of details – isn’t that the point of solving crimes/murders – knowing all & getting the detail correct?!

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  • Amazon Customer Patricia Vickers
  • 2018-12-01

The Dark Heart

It started out a slow read for me. But it was very detailed. Liked this book alot.

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  • Kyle
  • 2019-03-17

Struggled not to fall asleep

Would not recommend.
Had me agervated within the first five minutes.
Narration is confusing.
Difficult to understand

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  • Frank
  • 2018-11-29

Boring

There was too much detail in this book. You don’t have to explain the history of every town you mention or every law you bring up. It was too much. I couldn’t even finish it and I never don’t finish a book.

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  • DW
  • 2018-12-10

When will it get interesting?

I used to commit to finishing any book that I had selected to read. Thatveas sometimes torturous. life us too short, and there are so many good books to read. I listened to the first 45 minutes of this book and was thoroughly bored. There was no 'hook' for me, although this us my favorite genre to read. Save your money and time.

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  • SuziQ
  • 2019-07-15

Slow start but good content

This was a very interesting book, but the audio version did not entice me. It would have been better if I had actually read the book version.

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  • happyjo
  • 2019-07-09

The Dark heart

This was an interesting story. I think that the delivery could have been better. I listened to the audio book.

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  • alba corrado
  • 2019-06-13

Boring.

I just couldn't follow the narrative, perhaps because the names were hard to differentiate. Plot did not seem interesting enough to hold my attention.

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  • Steven L Fowler
  • 2019-06-03

Whew! That was boring!

A story so tedious and characters so dull that I lost all interest in the central plot, which seemed to revolve around demonstrating who was the bigger idiot - the foolhardy heroine or the moronic villain. The Reader is hammered over and over again with tedious details - such as the Krona to Dollar exchange rate - even Americans don't need it explained 50 times to get the idea. It is clear that the author has a bright future ahead - writing for a weather station or perhaps the dialogue for elevators...

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  • Rippy Streams
  • 2019-05-31

First try

It was a good story, but thankful it was free of charge, the book ,anyway. I was grateful to have the book read by a Swede; although, there was a certain franticness to the narrator's tempo in portions of the book that caused me to stop the book and walk away for days because it agitated or annoyed me, the narrotor not the book..