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  • A good spy thriller

    Geiger starts with a thrilling sequence of events in which grandmother Agneta kills her husband of many years, Stellan, and we are left wondering why. The story follows both Agneta following the murder and also Sara, a police woman who was a childhood friend of Agneta and Stellan's daughters. It was really interesting to see how the story developed as Sara pieced together information about Stellan's killing whilst Agneta was on the run. I found that there were constant twists and turns and the book wasn't at all predictable, with regular new information sprinkled to surprise the reader. I did find that some of the explanations of political elements of the story were difficult to follow and so I possibly missed elements of the story but this didn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the book. Overall, this was a great spy thriller with lots to keep the reader guessing.

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  • Great Book

    I was not disappointed when I opened this book and started reading it. It was definitely one of those books that I found difficult to put down as I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was a slow-burn thriller with lots of twists and turns throughout which made it such an unpredictable but interesting read. The book itself does contain a lot of heavy, sensitive content topics that may not be suitable for everyone and I think there needs to be a bit more of a warning of this. I think it is very difficult to tell that it has been translated into English, it has the same great style and easy reading as any other English written book. I think people who enjoy these types of books or this genre of books would really enjoy reading this one. It is interesting and intense and really did pull me in. It really did live up to the first impression and I am glad I got the chance to read this book.

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  • Twisty

    This is a book full of characters, twists and turns. We start with grandmother Agneta receiving a phone call which results in her shooting her husband, tv star Stellen, dead and disappearing on an unknown mission. Elsewhere the phone call has been traced and sets off a search for a long sought after terrorist. When Stellen’s body is found the police officer dealing with his murder realises he is know to her fellow police friend Sara, who is jaded by her role in vice, and uses her for background to the family. Sara finds herself getting drawn into the case and following a different theory to the murder investigators. This is quite a flawless story although I did find it odd that Agneta was never considered as a suspect if only to rule her out, aside from that the story flows well, some of the politics went a little over my head but it was easy enough to follow the narrative and keep track of the characters. There were some good twists and the ending is quite a cliffhanger.

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  • great book

    I loved this book as the plot was fast paced at the start and throughout with a large amount of twists and turns. As this book was written originally in a different language I was expecting spelling or grammar errors. however none of these existed, which was amazing. I usually do not read spy books as I prefer to read mystery or thriller genre book however this book was a delight to read. I definitely would recommend this book to friends and family members as well as anyone else that is interested in history, politics, crime and spy novels. I also loved the cover of the book with the fingerprint as this drew my attention straight away, however I would say that the title did not really intrigue me as much. I am glad I was given the opportunity to read this book and hopefully the author will release more books as I would be very intrigued to read them. I loved this book as the plot was fast paced at the start and throughout with a large amount of twists and turns. As this book was written originally in a different language I was expecting spelling or grammar errors. however none of these existed, which was amazing. I usually do not read spy books as I prefer to read mystery or thriller genre book however this book was a delight to read. I definitely would recommend this book to friends and family members as well as anyone else that is interested in history, politics, crime and spy novels. I also loved the cover of the book with the fingerprint as this drew my attention straight away, however I would say that the title did not really intrigue me as much. I am glad I was given the opportunity to read this book and hopefully the author will release more books as I would be very intrigued to read them.

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  • An intriguing and enjoyable debut novel.

    Why would hearing just one word on the telephone cause Agneta, a loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother, to immediately go into the living room and shoot her 85 year-old husband in the head, to quickly retrieve a package she’d hidden many years earlier before packing it, a miscellany of other items and some food, into a rucksack and then to flee the house on an old bicycle which had once belonged to one of her daughters? And why is police detective Sara Nowak so determined to involve herself in the subsequent investigation into the murder of the old man and the disappearance of his elderly wife? From the start of this gripping and multi-layered novel, the reader is quickly drawn into a dark and disturbing world, one which explores the relatively recent history of European politics, of communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, international terrorism, corruption, both political and personal, sexual abuse and, central to all these themes, the often devastating human cost. From the myriad small details which were included as the story unfolded, it soon became clear that the author has not only researched this period well, but is skilled at making very effective use of his knowledge to create convincing and evocative scenarios throughout his storytelling. As he's a screenwriter, director and producer, maybe it should perhaps come as no surprise that his writing has such a ‘visual’ quality. Although I regard myself as fairly knowledgeable about this period of European politics, this novel encouraged me to do some more research of my own – and any book which does that always adds a layer of satisfaction to my reading experience! I particularly enjoyed the many convincing twists and turns which required me to frequently re-evaluate who could or couldn’t be trusted. The skilful, controlled way in which the author only slowly revealed the hidden secrets which showed how past and present intersected not only created an impressive build-up of tension, but also kept me fully engaged with the unfolding plot. The only aspect of his storytelling which I found disturbing was the level of detail he included in his descriptions of the sexual abuse of under-age girls. Whilst I recognise that it was a linking theme in the story, I think most readers are capable of imagining the deeply disturbing and traumatic nature of this abhorrent crime without any need to have it depicted quite so graphically.

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