Erik Axl Sund.
The Crow Girl
Paperback: 784 pages
Publisher: Harvill Secker
14 April, 2016
It starts with just one body, tortured, mummified and then discarded. Its discovery reveals a nightmare world of hidden lives. Of lost identities, secret rituals and brutal exploitation, where nobody can be trusted.
This is the darkest, most complex case the police have ever seen, and it is up to Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg to piece together this puzzling case.
This is the world of the Crow Girl.
The Crow Girl is three separate books written in 2010, 2011 and 2012 brought together to form the trilogy about Victoria Bergman. An immediate success when originally published this epic book showcases crime writing at its best. Writing duo Jerker Eriksson and Axlander Sundquist have created a very dark world with multiple layers of characters, intriguing plot lines and a very disturbing protagonist.
Despite the unsettling storyline of child abuse throughout, the details are seen mostly through the eyes of DS Kihlberg as she investigates the various links to what is a labyrinth of the many children's lives affected by various individuals over a period of many years. This filters out a lot of what could be a gruesome and unpleasant read, however there is still enough details to give the story its credibility.
The tension builds gradually as you learn more about each of the many characters and how they link in with the plot. As the story continues the intensity of the layers to each character and their individual stories are revealed. There is potential to get quite lost in the maze of The Crow Girl but there are plenty of markers throughout that will always bring you back up to speed.
Very well written locations help to create an atmospheric and gripping thriller, with gruesome murders and monstrous characters. A tense ending which concludes dramatically in what is one hell of a read, The Crow Girl certainly grabs your attention and is very hard to put down.