My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
ABOUT THE BOOK
When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’.
In response, police investigator Holger Munch is charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Kruger – a brilliant but troubled detective – who has retreated to a solitary island with planS to kill herself.
Reviewing the file, Mia finds something new – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. This is only the beginning. To save other children from the same fate, she must find a way to cast aside her own demons and stop this murderer from becoming a serial killer.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I picked this book up as part of Richard & Judy’s WHSmith Book Club as I am quite partial to a good crime novel now and again, and this book looked as if it fitted the bill. I added it to my ‘to be read’ pile but when I saw that Abi, the sensational ‘Crime by the Book’ blogger was reading it on her instagram feed, I had to pick it up right away.
I am going to contradict myself here but it was a fast paced, slow-burner kind of book. It was slow in the sense that it took a while for you to know what was going on with the crime and the little girl being found dead. But it is fast in that you just can’t put it down. They were short chapters too which I love in a thriller as it gets you hooked and you can’t help but think ‘oh, just one more chapter…’.
Bjork builds on characters very well which helped as I wanted to know about every single one of them as they all intrigued me in some way. I loved both Munch and Kruger. I felt that they worked well together as they were so different, which meant that they bounced off each when it came to solving the crimes.
There were parts of the book where I felt sick to my stomach, like when one of the mums of the missing girls woke up late feeling drugged to find blood on the floor and her little girl is missing. It is just completely my worst nightmare as I have two young daughters myself!
There is an old case of a baby going missing brought up as part of the storyline and I was interested to find out how this was linked to the current cases of girls going missing and being found dead. If of course the cases are linked – I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you now would I.
Kruger as a character is an incredible detective, and it is a shame that she is so troubled. How she gets from A to B through her trail of thought is very interesting, phenomenal in fact. It is crime writing at its finest and if you happen to read the book, I would pin point chapter 53 as it highlights what I mean nicely.
As horrible as it sounds, I enjoyed seeing the view point of one of the little girls being taken and where she was kept. It added to the story well and gives you a better insight into what is going on in the killer’s world.
So, if you like an excellent plot, don’t mind nitty gritty crime and don’t get upset too easily, then this book is definitely for you.
My Final Word: Gripping