Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around a detective thriller sequel that made me excited to continue the series and a Nordic noir finale that wasn’t bad, but not as good as I hoped.
“A body could not lie. The dead could not always take their secrets to the grave.”
I first started this series about eighteen months ago, and had a great time getting to know Will Trent in the first two books. I was adviced to read the Grant County books before continuing with book number three Genesis (also called Undone), and I’m glad that I was warned because this third book has major spoilers for the Grant County series. I don’t mind having Sara Linton in the spotlight again as I quite like her character, and it’s interesting to see how the dynamics change with her added to the mix. I do prefer seeing more of Will and Faith, but Sara does fit rather well in the story. My only worry would be having to deal with Lena again, but thankfully she was only mentioned near the end of Genesis.
(I worry about book four though, because it seems like I have to deal with Lena there and I REALLY despise her character.) This story was another brutal one, but then again Karin Slaughter‘s thrillers are always on the dark and disturbing side… I also appreciated that we see development and issues on a personal level; Will shining a light on dyslexia and Faith on diabetes. There is also a focus on eating disorders as well as (sexual) abuse and torture… Plenty of heavy topics, and it’s definitely not a series to pick up if you can’t deal with some graphic moments. If you don’t mind things getting dark and twisted though, the Will Trent books definitely seem to be delivering so far. On to book four it is!
Title: The Boy In The Headlights
(Holger Munch & Mia Kruger #3)
Author: Samuel Bjork
Translator: Charlotte Barslund
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Nordic Noir
First published: September 2018
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Finished reading: April 16th 2022
(Originally written in Norwegian: ‘Gutten som elsket rådy’)
“No matter where he went, they’d find him, wouldn’t they? They were everywhere. He had sold his soul to the devil. Voluntarily.”
I finally started this Nordic noir series earlier this year, and decided to read both sequels sooner than later to avoid it hanging out on my TBR unfinished for ages. The Boy In The Headlights is the third and final book (or at least for now), and I ended up having mixed thoughts on how things ended… The story started very strong and I was immediately hooked, but I’m not sure what to make of the direction the plot took nor how things ended. Things that bothered me in book two (especially the constant repeat of Mia’s mental health struggles and suicidal thoughts) continued to bother me in this third book as well… And I really do think that the second half and especially those final developments and twists were too over the top and unbelievable for me. That said, I did enjoy meeting up with most of the team and the case itself is intriguing. It has that Nordic noir feel through the descriptions, and I turned those pages quickly enough thanks to the writing and pace. Do I wish this series would have ended on a higher note? Yes. But it is still an interesting enough story if you can look past the credibility of it all.