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This one has all Lackberg's strangely compelling, page-turning feel to it (this translates well into audiobook - one does want to keep listening). Her writing is not always very literary and can seem clumsy at times, but it seems sincere, as though she really has something to say, and therefore holds the attention. The reading is very good.
There is a modern murder (grim), a historical disappearance (also fairly grim), and a modern family drama (unremittingly tragic). There are some other sub-plots as well, and none of those is a barrel of laughs. Lackberg keeps the attention well focussed on all these as the story rolls along, and I did much enjoy the company of the detectives bumbling through the case as they unfold the modern mysteries.
Two big problems for me (1) the modern mystery is just too obvious, I had it very early on, and after a long listen the denouement did not add much (unlike her other books) (2) it was all way too depressing, and pretty much every one of the interwoven stories started and ended glum.
In some of Lackberg's other books there is a more even balance between light and dark, and they are better for it.
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What would have made Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck (7) – The Lost Boy better?
I wonder if the translation to English lost much of the impact. I found the constant use of common similes and metaphors childish and infuriating.
The story itself was gripping - but I struggled to continue listening as the writing constantly annoyed me.
I also did not like the narration - the tone varied between condescending and pathetic - not enough variation for other compex characters again - most annoying
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The relationship between the "now" and "then" - which had me trying to work out the connection.
Re reference to parts already told. Did the writer think I couldn't remember?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Bowerman?
What character would you cut from Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck (7) – The Lost Boy?
The Super - time he went!