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An instant New York Times best seller

A shocking murder in an affluent Helsinki suburb has ties to witchcraft and the occult in this thrilling US debut from Finnish author Max Seeck.

A best-selling author’s wife has been found dead in a gorgeous black evening gown, sitting at the head of an empty dining table. Her most chilling feature - her face is frozen in a ghastly smile. 

At first it seems as though a deranged psychopath is reenacting the gruesome murders from the Witch Hunt trilogy, best sellers written by the victim’s husband. But investigator Jessica Niemi soon realizes she’s not looking for a single killer but rather for dozens of believers in a sinister form of witchcraft who know her every move and are always one step ahead.

As the bodies start piling up, Jessica knows they won’t stop until they get what they want. And when her dark past comes to light, Jessica finds herself battling her own demons while desperately trying to catch a coven of killers before they claim their next victim.

©2020 Max Seeck (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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So very disappointing

So formula I started thing it was a farce. It was like a poor remake of an 80s slasher film.

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  • Cheryl
  • 2020-11-16

Very Enjoyable

The performance was outstanding! The storyline was incredibly complex, kept you on your toes wondering what was going to happen next and how all the players would evolve. The ending was like the rest of the book, totally unexpected. This is the best read I've had in a year.

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  • Morgan Steele
  • 2021-01-08

Middle of the Road

Overall a good story, but at times hard to follow with the pronunciation of the character's name, which is understandable as it was originally written in Finnish. It started off very exciting, like a classic crime/thriller but there was a second storyline that was a bit confusing. The connection between the storylines was made at the very end and was a bit underwhelming and rushed. I expected a little more fantasy from the description but, in my opinion, this is a solid mystery, who-done-it story. The ending was less than I expected, but overall, I still enjoyed the bones of the story. This was a middle of the road experience for me.

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  • Marjusaari Ville
  • 2021-01-07

Dance of genres

The story started as a typical crime story, then took steps towards fantasy and maybe even towards horror and finally back again to crime. Main characters were built gradually and they were convincing. However, based on the first half of the book the story promised more than it eventually delivered. As a Finn, it was exciting to listen how the originally Finnish text was translated to English. The narrator did wonderful job and her voice was pleasure to follow.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-15

Terrible

This was absolutely terrible. The narration was awful--certain pronunciations and exaggerations of words made this a really hard listen. Story line all over the place and hard to follow.

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  • Kindlelover
  • 2020-11-12

Waste of time...

I don't know if the original book was in Finnish, as perhaps the translation into English was not equivalent. But this is a horrible book, a waste of money. The story, the language in which it is told makes it a rough book to finish, which I did not. The narrator was the only good aspect of the book.

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  • Rene Barrera
  • 2020-11-10

Great build up, not so great finish

The story started off great. The opening scene reminded me of the beginning of the movie "Scream". A woman alone in a house with a killer outside. There is a "B story" throughout that I really couldn't figure out its meaning. The payoff isn't revealed until the end and even then I felt a bit underwhelmed. For me the ending sort of fizzled out. The mastermind behind it all had a huge monologue explaining everything but it just didn't drive it home for me. Maybe I was hoping for a bigger shoot-'em-up kind of ending. I will still recommend it to others and maybe they can understand the ending better than I could.

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  • Donna
  • 2020-10-28

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I bought this before I realized just HOW involved witchcraft and the Catholic Church would end up being in this horror novel. :-( My bad. I was too excited to find an English translation of what I hoped would be another Scaninavian noir mystery. I dont care for horror novels so I will not review this but slip away with an average review of 3.