Swedish Title: Det blod som spillts
Originally Published: 2004
English Translation: USA 2007
It’s midsummer in Sweden—when the light lingers through dawn and a long, isolating winter finally comes to an end. In this magical time, a brutal killer has chosen to strike. A female priest—who made enemies and acolytes in equal number—has been found hanging in her church. And a big-city lawyer quite acquainted with death enters the scene as police and parishioners try to pick up the pieces….
Not long ago, attorney Rebecka Martinsson had to kill three men in order to stop an eerily similar murder spree—one that also involved a priest. Now she is back in Kiruna, the region of her birth, while a determined policewoman gnaws on the case and people who loved or loathed the victim mourn or revel in her demise. The further Rebecka is drawn into the mystery—a mystery that will soon take another victim—the more the dead woman’s world clutches her: a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and, above all, of sacrifice.
First, I want to tell you that if you want to read the review for the first book in Rebecka Martinsson Series, you can do it here.
If you already read the first book, you know that Rebecka is the main character in this series, she’s a tax lawyer in Stockholm. (Well, in this book, I feel that Anna- Maria is the main character). After the dramatic events that happens in the first book, she decided to visit Kiruna. She stays to an hotel for a couple of days and then she moves to her grandmother’s house.
By the time she arrives, Kiruna is dealing with a crime. Another priest has been murdered. It feels that Larsson loves to kill the priests, haha. The investigation is done by a local policewoman Anna-Maria, who will bond with Rebecka by the end of the book.
I loved how different these two characters are and how they will work together. Almost each character of this book deals with depression or loneliness, unhappiness, except for Anna- Maria who, I feel, is the only one who manage to keep her head up and eyes open. Rebecka Martisson will be the most depressive character of this book, which is understandable after all she’s been thru. She went to Kiruna to find peace after she was forced to kill three people, but will she be able to find it or not??
I loved the settings and I feel that Larsson did a great job at describing the environment.
What I also enjoyed was the fact that I never guessed who is the killer or the events from the end of the book. It’s like a mind blowing and I loved it.
Larsson is a better writer with each book and I am happy that I found her.
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