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#BookReview Watching You (Berger & Blom #1) by Arne Dahl, Neil Smith (Translator) #Thriller #SwedishNoir


Thank You very much to the publisher – Random House UK/ Vintage Publishing and Net Galley for the review copy.
ISBN13: 9781911215493
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Release date: 06 07 2017
Price*: Kindle £7.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $10.71 (USD)/ Hardback $18.86 (USD)
Pages: ~ 395
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: That children can be as cruel as grown-ups.

Description of the book: SOMEONE IS WATCHING…

At each abandoned crime scene there’s a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog, almost invisible to the naked eye. Someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, someone who knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.

When another teenaged girl disappears without a trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest victim, Sam is forced to unearth long-buried personal demons. He has no choice if he is to understand the killer’s darkly personal message before time runs out.


How this book made me feel: This the first book in Berger and Blom series, and it was my first encounter with Swedish noir.

At the beginning of this book, I had no idea what was going on and what are they trying to figure out. There were only little clues, that a 15-year-old girl is missing. As the story progressed, I started to see, that Sam Berger, is the main detective, trying to solve this case. The characters in this book are really entwined with each other and very mysterious at the same time. There is a lot of secret work going on, which is uncovered throughout the book, and it was very pleasantly unexpected for me.

The narrative is told from multiple perspectives, and the events keep traveling to the past, to share some of the secrets with a reader. Even though the beginning of this book is quite dull, once it reaches around 40 % it spikes up drastically. The whole narrative gets a different perspective and is way more interesting, so do not give up on this book, wait for those juicy twists 😉 The main issue discussed in this book is bullying, and how it can scar people for life.

The setting of this book is very dark and gloomy, giving this book this cold and shadowy feeling. The writing style is pleasant to read, however, it has these Swedish place and street names which were kind of hard to read… (So I just skipped them 😀 ) The chapters are a decent length and did not bore me. I really liked the suspense in this novel and I really loved the culmination as well. Even though there are clues of where it is headed and who the “Bad guy “ is, the reasoning behind it, was what really got my curiosity. So, to conclude, it was a very dark and intriguing read for me, filled with plot changing turns and very unique events. I do recommend to give this book a try if you have enough patience. It’s worth a wait, I think. Enjoy 🙂

Thank You for Your time 🙂

678217.jpgAbout the author: Arne Dahl is the pen name of Jan Arnald, an internationally known Swedish crime author and literary critic. His writing can also be seen in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. He published Barbarer (2001) and Maria och Artur (2006) under his own name, but under his pseudonym he has written the A-gruppen (Intercrime) series, involving the A-team, a group highly trained in dealing with criminal cases in Sweden.

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