Book Review: The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund

The Long Shadow by Liza MarklundThe Long Shadow: What it is about

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)

Genre: thriller

Extra: Also see my reviews of Vanished and The Bomber

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

11 Responses to Book Review: The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund

  1. Kelly says:

    I’ve had good luck with Nordic crime writers lately…never read one by this author but I’ll have to check her out!

  2. Sounds very entertaining. Dead children always bother me, though, so I might look toward the author’s other books!

  3. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out says:

    I just picked up one of Marklund’s earlier novels the other day because she has been an author I’ve been meaning to try for a while. I’m glad you can recommend them.

  4. JoV says:

    I love stories that are set in Spain too! I heard about Marklund books in the library maybe it’s time to give her a try.🙂

  5. Mystica says:

    The author is new to me. I’d certainly like to try this out.

  6. I’ve read three from this series so far I think, and this sounds like another good one, I must get hold of it soon. Glad you enjoyed it.

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