The Nightmare

  • by Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The chilling phenomenon begins again. On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body. Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes up the case. Forensics state that it was a simple drowning, that she must have been pulled aboard the boat which explains the lack of brackish water. But Joona knows better and suspects something much more sinister. The next day a man is found dead in his state apartment in Stockholm. The man is hanging in a noose from the lamp-hook in the ceiling. How did it happen? The room has a high ceiling with no furniture, absolutely nothing to climb on. Nevertheless Linna is convinced that it is suicide. Of course he is right. The man has committed suicide, but this fact doesn't close the case. It is only a prelude to a dizzyingly intense and dangerous course of events. There are certain agreements which cannot be broken off, not even if you are dead.


What the Critics Say

“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)
“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)
“One of the most exciting Swedish crime novels of recent years…It doesn’t get much better than this.” (Göteborgsposten)


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Customer Reviews

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Non-stop Thrills- Written with a Film in Mind?

If you're looking for a book that's not long on character studies but is really rich in sheer thrills and action, then this could be the one for you. I was totally gripped by this novel from 'take-off to landing' and like all good thrillers, I just couldn't leave it alone! I could well imagine that the author(s) had the cinema in mind when they put this one together and it would make the transfer well I think. Central character Detective Joona Linna (a very sober Harry Hole type) is fascinating and potentially he could be compelling. Would just love to know more about him.....sometimes though you just can't have it all in one go, in one book. Sean Barrett is just SUPERB as always!
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- c

Thanks Heavens for Sean Barrett

What made the experience of listening to The Nightmare the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the first book in the series, but the wonderful narration of Sean Barrett elevates the book to another level, it is a good well written book with plenty of twists and turns

Who was your favorite character and why?

Apart from the main character there is not a great of character development, but there are some interesting characters that I hope will be developed in other books in the series.

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Great as always. He has made a good book even better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

If you like Harry Hole you will like this one

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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-09-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited