Tense as a drawn bowstring, this is a fire-cracker of a read, bristling with glimpses into the horrific dark pool of human depravity involving the enslaved children of murdered immigrants.
Swedish police detectives, and, together with a prosecutor, are baffled by the shooting of a man who is head of the Immigration Board. Even more confusing are the handprints found at the scene – those of a child in a home that has no children. Days later, the body of a young boy is found, shot dead on a beach with the weapon beside him that killed him and the murdered man.
We follow the main investigators, and the prosecutor, Jana Berzelius, whom they find to be an emotionless cold fish, on their quest for the truth. Jana attends the post mortem of the child, to discover that the child has been taking heroin and has a name carved into his neck, which begins to unlock forgotten memories of her own past. The discovery triggers a need for her to discover the truth even before the police do.
With my review copy in pre-print eBook form, there was no blurb to suggest that this was the first of a trilogy, which in turn kept Jana’s continuity a secret, which added a twist I didn’t expect and would not have got had I known. And now knowing, I look forward to the next in the series.
However, I did not find, so far, anyway, that Jana matched Harry Bingham’s Fiona Griffiths, or Stieg Larson’s Lisbeth Salander, as truly mould-shattering personalities, but this was a well worthwhile read which had me gripped to the last page.
Emelie Schepp has been awarded Crime Writer of the Year 2016 in Sweden which is very exciting as the book is released. My thanks to Alice Geary of Midas PR, London, for this copy for review.