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Stalker

By: Lars Kepler
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
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Summary

The much-anticipated fifth thriller in Lars Kepler's best-selling series featuring Joona Linna. Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.

A video clip is sent to the National Criminal Investigation Department. Someone has secretly filmed a woman through her window from the garden. The next day she is found dead after a frenzied knife attack.

The police receive a second film of another unknown woman. There is no way of identifying her before time runs out. When her husband finds her, he is so traumatised that he cleans the whole house and puts her to bed. He may have seen a vital clue but is in such an extreme state of shock that the police are unable to question him. Psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is called in to hypnotise him - but what the man tells him under hypnosis leads Erik to start lying to the police.

If the lights are on, a stalker can see you from outside. But if the lights are off, you can't see a stalker who is already inside the house.

©2016 Lars Kepler (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Lars Kepler: "Kepler's plots are always thrilling, but The Sandman is one of the most hair-raising crime novels published this year." ( The Sunday Times)
"Hurtles along...full of nuanced detail which sets it far above the average thriller.... You'll be terrified." ( Evening Standard)
"Taking Europe by storm...ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness." ( Daily Mail)
"Deeply scarifying stuff." ( Independent)
"Kepler has a direct line to a very dark place in the human soul." (Lev Grossman, Time)

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Stalker

As always I enjoyed this work from Lars Kepler. However I do have to say on this one I found it very long and tedious at times. Half of this book would still have completed the story and left us wanting more - normally the case for me. However I breathed a sigh of relief when this one was finally complete. Now for my next book. Would still recommend this book but with a warning about its length!!

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

want to put this down until you are finished.A gripping story with twists and turns throughout, it captures the location and the atmosphere and creates an enthralling dialogue that you feel part of the plot.

What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The voice encapsulates the region and the theme it is an added dimension providing a perfect compliment to the written word.

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

Definitely if you can organise it this is a great one sitting listen.

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Kepler's masterpiece

Certainly value for money here as a very long listen/read.

The story builds slowly and there are a few surprises along the way. Featuring Joona Linna again his character is developed here into a risk taker. Perhaps he feels he has nothing to lose after the death of his partner, and the trauma that preceded that .

Would recommend this to those who love the Joona Linna series, but it can also be read as a standalone.

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Brilliant in every way!

Another masterful, intricate and utterly gripping tour de force from Lars Kepler brilliantly brought to life by Saul Reichlin’s narration. Six stars!

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Gripping story!

Lars Kepler is brilliant author. Story had me immersed from the start. Thoroughly recommend. Narration by Saul Reichlin was perfect.

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The detectives are unprofessional and incompetent. The ending is very fun.

It’s a creepy initial premise but the the story is let down by all the characters making bad decisions. The ending is very entertaining but I don’t think it matches the earlier sections of the book.

I’m unclear on whether the Adam detective character was supposed to be comic relief of some sort as his every action in the plot results in screwing things up.

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Over-long and over-hyped

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I have not listened to any previous books in this series and perhaps if I had I would have got more out of it than I have so far. I am listening to the second part and I had to check to see why I selected this book in the first place. Like a great many people I looked at the reviews and some were so complimentary that I thought it must be me.The basis of the story was that three women had been video-taped in their home before being brutally-murdered. Any tension was completely lost in the over-use of red herrings which introduced two-dimensional characters who lead nowhere and are quickly discarded after a "set piece" such as the orgy or the incident in the tunnels The psychologists are completely unprofessional and implausible. The chief one, Erik, reaches for prescription pills all the time (perhaps earlier books would explain why) and his female colleague, Nelle (if that's how it's spelt) behaves like a silly schoolgirl. I found the story rambling and descriptions repetitive, particularly of the heavily pregnant, investigating police officer Margot. Not one of the characters is likeable or sympathetic, Again I may have missed something not having read the previous books,

Would you ever listen to anything by Lars Kepler again?

No, not on the basis of this book.. .

Did Saul Reichlin do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Saul Reichlin did a sterling job as always and he did his best with the material but I found his delivery stilted and I do think the use of the present tense (which I personally find irritating) did not help.

Was Stalker worth the listening time?

No. It was far too long and padded out to no good effect but I shall persevere to find out "whodunnit",.

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Good but not his best imo

very good but a little too long could be 100 pages less in my opinion

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Brilliant

Love these authors. So clever and not afraid of the sinister! Can’t wait to read the next in the series

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All round entertainment

Despite being a wee bit far fetched this is a gripping plot and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Would highly recommend to those who love classic Scandinavian thrillers.

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