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Hunting Game

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For readers who are ardent opponents of hunting, I would suggest they give this book a miss. Since my grandfather was a hunter, I found this look into the moose hunting traditions of Sweden very interesting and a good backdrop to the story. I also loved Tursten's descriptions of the forest-- otherworldly, sometimes menacing, but always beautiful. She actually made me feel as though I were walking through those trees alongside Embla.

I was sad to see the author end her Irene Huss series, but at the same time, I looked forward to seeing something new. Fellow Irene Huss fans, never fear. I think you're going to like Embla. Huss was a prizewinning kickboxer; Nyström is a prizewinning boxer. Yes, both women certainly know how to take care of themselves. I was a bit anxious to see how tormented Nyström was by her nightmares-- sometimes I tire of psychologically damaged main characters and enjoy reading about someone who could be considered normal. Thankfully, Nyström isn't all that far off from normal. 

Hunting Game tells us a bit about Embla's backstory and the cause of her nightmares, and I think that's going to add some interesting angles to future books in the series. I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't made to work very hard to deduce the identity of the killer, but that was just the mood I was in. This book is more of a whydunit than a whodunit, and the why certainly keeps the pages turning.

I may have been forced to say good-bye to Irene Huss, but I am looking forward to more encounters with Embla Nyström, and I think you will, too.
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Compelling character; I'm excited to read more in this series. Compares favorably to other scandinavian authors of this genre I've read.
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Enjoyable new thriller with interesting Swedish setting. I gave enjoyed Tursten's books. Our shop is in Northern Wisconsin with a big Scandinavian backdrop. This will fit well.
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Very well written, this book by Helene Tursten is the first to feature Embla, police person on a hunting holiday.  The annual moose hunt and the preparations for the hunt are laid out in pleasing detail, as we are introduced to the small cast of characters assembling. Small things go wrong, then larger one and soon a mystery turns into a thriller. I would like to read more by Tursten and enjoyed the "realness" of Embla and her relationship to secrets. Also  intriguing sidestory about what happens when witnesses fail to speak about a crime. Can't say anymore about the books without giving away plot!
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Well written but dry in some areas. The bad guy was obvious early on making the story less interesting. Based out of Sweden. The ending was disappointing
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This is a story of a hunt in Sweden gone wrong. The lead character, a female detective, is very human and does not handle on her life or human nature. The plot line is not well developed and the bad guy is very obvious early on. Overall, the story is readable but can get dry in parts.
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Helene Tursten does not disappoint in her latest Scandinavian mystery.  She writes sparsely and linearly in true Scandinavian style.  This book has a well developed heroin and a satisfactory, though predictable, ending.  fun to read.
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DI Embia Nystrom has used her nervous energy and constant nightmares to keep her at the top of her game, while fighting crime and in the boxing ring. Now, on an annual family moose hunt, her group of friends and family is joined by Peter, an outsider who brings their number to an unlucky thirteen. Right away, things begin to get strange, with one hunter missing and another dead. Is one of the hunting party to blame, or is there an outside foe, stalking them as the hunters become the hunted.
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