“Zack Herry is the golden boy who has stumbled into a career in the Stockholm police force. At night, he hangs out at the clubs, partying with the people he should really be arresting. He knows that it won’t last, but he can’t help himself, even as he starts being investigated by internal affairs. But when four Thai women from a massage parlor in Stockholm are found brutally executed and a fifth badly mutilated and dumped outside a nearby hospital, Zack must get his act together and try to figure out the motives behind the vicious murders, together with his partner, Deniz. Only one thing is for sure: more women will die unless they find the killer.”
*I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from NetGalley. This book came out on January 23, 2018. All opinions stated are my own.*
I was pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of this book.
To be honest, when I request and ARC of this book from NetGalley, I was totally because of the cover. I love the cover of this book. So when I started reading this book, I was hopeful that the content would be just as amazing as the cover was.
For the most part my expectations were met.
As most of you guys know, I don’t read a whole ton of mysteries/thrillers. Going into this book, I knew it was going to be part of those genres so I honestly didn’t have any idea of what to expect.
But, as with many of the thrillers/mysteries I have read in the past, I was swept off of my feet and engaged in the story right from the beginning.
Starting off with the characters, I loved how the character of Zack was, in a way, a unreliable narrator. I have never read from the perspective of an unreliable narrator in the past so reading from one in this book was very interesting. I never knew if he was doing the right thing until the very end. We, the readers, never really got answers to his actions until the mystery was all over. At times he annoyed me due to these factors but overall, I enjoyed his character, as well as all of the characters featured in this book.
Now diving into the plot, I think this is where the book fell apart a little for me. I thought this book had a decent plot overall but I thought that it didn’t need to be dragged out so much. I called the plot twist and figured out the killer halfway through the book so instead of the book being 480 pages, it could have easily been wrapped up in about 300 pages. Up until the point were I figured out the plot twist and the identity of the killer, I did really enjoy the plot.
Overall, this book gets a lot of mixed opinions from me. It was engaging and kept me interested but the plot twist and identity of the killer were easy to call in my personal opinion. This was also my first translated work, as it was translated to English from its original Swedish. The author’s writing style was great and I will be picking up future books by him sometime in the near future.