Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital.
Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice.
He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head.
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The Sandman is the fourth novel in the Joona Linna series or you can be like me and just read it as a stand alone. I didn’t feel like I missed anything by skipping the first three novels.
Wow what a novel. I loved the short chapters (around 170 of them) and found that I was constantly telling myself to just read only one more chapter. I flew through the 500 page novel quicker than I thought I would. I did find it a bit hard to keep the characters names straight. There was a lot of characters and back stories in the beginning that got me a bit confused.
The novel is really dark and messed with your mind. Jurek Walter is such a complex character that scared the heck out of me. I loved the scenes with him and Saga in the psychiatric ward. I also enjoyed Joona Linna and how dedicated he was to this case since he had a personal connection to it from when he caught Jurek Walter.
4 calculators out of a potential 5. This is a novel that you don’t want to miss if you are a mystery/thriller fan!