The Man Who Watched Women, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt

The Man Who Watched Women opening line: As the taxi turned in Tolléns väg just before seven thirty in the evening, Richard Granlund didn’t think his day could get much worse.

The Man Who Watched Women
The Man Who Watched Women
The Man Who Watched Women

As a heatwave blazes in Stockholm, a series of women are found brutally murdered and the Criminal Investigation Department is getting nowhere. The murders bear all the hallmarks of Edward Hinde, the serial killer jailed by psychological profiler Sebastian Bergman fifteen years earlier. Sebastian desperately needs some order in his chaotic life. The revelation that he has a daughter, Vanja, could provide this longed-for stability. But should he tell her the truth and risk destroying her life and career? Forcing his way into the investigation, Sebastian soon learns that the murders are connected to him and that no one around him is safe. Including Vanja

My verdict

Perfectly translated by Marlaine Delargy, you cannot tell that this book has two authors. It is well written and the story gripped me from start to finish. Sebastian Bergman used to be a leading criminal profiler, but now he is a mess. He lost his wife and daughter in the 2004 tsunami and he cannot tell his ex work colleague that she is actually his child. He is obsessed with following her and trying to inject himself into her life. Now women are dying because of him, and the master mind behind their deaths wants revenge. He is out to destroy Sebastian any which way he can. In order to stop him Sebastian goes back to work where his past relationship and dealing with Ursula, Vanja and Trolle need to put aside in order to capture the most dangerous of serial killers.

First published as Lärjungen in Sweden by Norstedts in 2012

ISBN 978-1-78089-456-0

Paperback: 520 pages

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

What I blogged December 27:

I am on leave until the 11th of January. I will reply to comments on my posts when I can during the holidays. I wish all of you a very blessed festive season. May 2016 hold all your dreams.

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3 thoughts on “The Man Who Watched Women, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt

  1. Hi Tandy, this sounds like a book that could keep someone up all night finishing. Happy Holidays!

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    1. I could have done that if sleep did not take over 🙂

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