Book review: The Crow Girl

MAKE sure you are not home alone when you tackle this Scandinavian thriller, which records detective Jeanette Kihlberg’s attempts to track a deranged killer.

Erik Axl Sund

Harvill Secker, €21.70; ebook, €10.20

Creepy is elevated to an art form in this tale of dysfunctional characters, peppered with paedophilia, guilt, pain, powerlessness, denial and betrayal.

The subject makes for harrowing reading at times, but skilfully escalating suspense keeps you hooked all the way through its 760 pages.

Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym for authors Jerker Eriksson and Hakan Axlander Sundquist and their Swedish original, a bestseller in their native land, has been translated into economic prose by Neil Smith, who also translates for Jo Nesbo.

This novel proves that what frightens us most are not outward acts of violence, but the quiet horrors of the human psyche.


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