The Hand That Trembles

  • by Kjell Eriksson
  • Narrated by Julie Maisey
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The sensational new thriller from the international best-selling author of The Princess of Burundi.
Uppsala, Sweden. Sven-Arne Persson suddenly walks out of a business meeting and disappears, leaving behind his wife - no trace is found of him. Inspector Ann Lindell is investigating the discovery of a dismembered foot washed up on the beach. Ann's boss, Berglund, is delving into a cold case - a man beaten to death - an unsolved mystery that he finds impossible to forget. What connects the three?
It will be a challenge for Ann Lindell to unravel the knots and discover what ties bind the cases together. Kjell Eriksson is the winner of two Crime Novel awards in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's top selling authors. Translated by Let the Right One In's Ebba Segerberg.

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24 mins in and it is nothing like the description

Twenty-four minutes of my life that I will never get back... that's how I feel after listening to this... it is nothing like the description... just a turgid description of someone collecting firewood. The worst book I've ever listened to.
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- MarieLouise

Not for the fast action seekers

Kjell Eriksson is never mentioned in the top division of Nordic crime writers. Some say he is too literary for the genre, others blame translations. It is certainly true that his books concentrate on characterisation and procedure rather than fast action. I see that as a plus when too many of the other Nordics seem to be writing with one eye on the potential of a film option, which requires them to include ludicrous murder methods and villains that would be laughable in the Halloween movies. You doubt me? Think about Jo Nesbo's 'Snowman' where someone is going to hang when the snowman they are standing atop, indoors, melts. Dr Phibes would be embarrassed.



Instead of that type of nonsense Eriksson links multiple threads and eras with a sensitive touch. A lot is told through the thoughts of characters. This one starts in the past and then moves between three distinct time periods. It is worth staying with it even if you find the beginning a bit slow. I also find it interesting when the war time affiliations of the Nordic countries are touched upon. The aforementioned Jo Nesbo novels for instance were much more interesting when he put the effort into that kind of research (Redbreast) rather than being 'fiendish'.



The one reservation I have with Eriksson, or any other male author writing as a female character, is when they voice the sexual thoughts and desires of the woman. I always feel that it is the author's fantasy we are being fed.



On a related issue, narrator Julie Maisey does a solid if unspectacular job considering that the majority of the characters she has to voice are male.







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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios