Book Review: The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund
September 4, 2013 11 Comments
The publisher says: “A violent robbery has killed an entire family on the Costa Del Sol.
Annika Bengtzon is assigned to cover the story for the Evening Post. But when she arrives in Spain she discovers there was a third child – a teenage daughter – who is unaccounted for.
Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl. But as she delves into the mystery she becomes embroiled in a far darker side of Spanish life than she’d envisioned, as she begins to piece together a terrifying story of violence, abuse and murder.”
The Long Shadow: What I thought
I’ve read several books by Liza Marklund and this is quite a typical Marklund book, I think. So, if you enjoyed her previous books, you’ll like this one too.
I loved it that a lot of the story took place in Spain. We’ve had enough Scandinavian settings from Marklund and her fellow Nordic crime writers. It’s good to see that outside of this somewhat exotic setting for many English-speaking readers, the story still holds up.
While the story generally seemed realistic, some story lines merged together into one story, where a few too many coincidences came together. Both unnecessary and unlikely. There were a few love interests, and these were not over-romanticised but very real-world.
The story becomes quite exciting towards the end, to the point that you can’t believe Annika will be able to escape her precarious situation.
Another enjoyable thriller from Liza Marklund.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (good)
Number of pages: 576
First published: 2013 (September 12th)
I got this: from Transworld Books for review (via Netgalley, ebook)