In the town of Forshälla, Detective Lindmark is again grappling with a delicate investigation: Petra, a nine-year-old girl, has disappeared. Investigations and investigative hypotheses immediately start: Petra could have escaped, she could have been kidnapped by a neighbor with a criminal record. Some witnesses say they heard screams coming from Petra's house the night before the disappearance and the suspicions fall on the parents, known to be alcoholics. A dark gray Toyota, parked for days in front of the house of Petra, has mysteriously disappeared along with the girl. The pedophile track is also evaluated, for which the investigations focus on Nils Dunander, Petra hockey coach. But his body is found lifeless a few days later and with a cut ear, while Petra is found, safe and sound, but gives the police a non-convincing version of the facts. When Lindmark comes home in the evening, he finds a note in his mail: "I know who you are, the punishment is Petra". A note too similar to the one received the previous year, immediately after arresting his colleague, Gunnar Holm... A distressing doubt creeps into the detective's mind: is there a connection between the two cases?
About the book
First of all there’s no English version of this book.
The plot has attracted me to this book and given that in a series I read books following the numbering, I had to read the first one, which I didn’t like much. In this book there is still mystery about where it is set. The countries mentioned are Finnish but they often speak Swedish and about Swedish people… I can understand that it is a border area and the book was written in Swedish, but looking at the places mentioned in the book it seems that we are in Sweden. If you search Forshälla on Google maps it isn’t even close to the Finnish-Swedish border. I think I will never solve this mystery…
I don’t like how the interrogation is written, just like in the first book because it is transcribed as if it were a script and I neve like this kind of writing.
It all begins with a call to the police. A sixteen-year-old boy, Roger Eriksson, has gone missing in the town of Västerås. A search is organized and a group of young scouts makes an awful discovery in a marsh: Roger is dead.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Bergman, psychologist, criminal profiler and one of Sweden's top experts on serial killers, is in Västerås to settle his mother's estate following her death. Sebastian has withdrawn from police work after the death of his wife and daughter in the 2004 tsunami.
When the Crime Investigation Department asks Sebastian for his help in Roger's case, his arrogant manner at first alienates the rest of the team. Pushing forward, though, they begin to make disturbing discoveries about the private school Roger attended....
Here it is another Einaudi book and here it is another book full of spelling mistakes. For the Italian version, what annoys me the most are the “yes” (sì) with the accent on the other way (I don’t even have the key on the keyboard to make that accent, how the hell do they print it?). Unfortunately, it interrupts the reading too much
As for the style, in my version the narrator’s point of views jump from one to another a little too much. For example, in one chapter Frederick starts talking about his feelings (even if in the third person) all of a sudden the team leader is talking (telling his feelings about another topic whatsoever). And this is not well defined, there is no space between the two narrators so you find yourself thinking “what the hell are they saying?”.
In a small Finnish town of Förshalla is found a dead body of a girl without eyes. An experienced criminalist Harald Lindmark begins an investigation, but a new body is found...
About the Book
First of all this book isn’t translated in English, yet. The original title is in Swedish (Ge mig dina ögon) which means Give Me Your Eyes.
What I don’t get about this book is where is Förshalla? If you Google it, it’s in Sweden on the map, not in Finland but the book is based in Finland… I know the author is a Finnish man with Swedish origins, he lived in Finland and now teaches in Sweden but why can’t I find this town on the Finnish map?
All my book reviews are and will be 100% honest. I don’t get paid to write them and I don’t get “gifts” to write a good review so what I write, is what I think. If I love a book, I’m going to say that, if I don’t like a book, I will write why I don’t. My critics aren’t an attack to the author, they are just how I feel about a subject or a style.