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Stalker

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Not many thrillers have hooked me this past year, but after picking thiis one up on a whim, i was greatly intrigued by the flow and pace of it. The stakes are high and a murderer is on the loose! the mystery aspect kept me reading late into the night!
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Although this is Book 5 in the Joona Linna Series it was my first. It started off with a bit of a slow start (maybe because I didn't know the character) but when it got going you didn't want to put the book down. Trying to guess the outcome had me completely wrong and again had to stay up into the early hours to finish.
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I requested this book in my early days on NetGalley, not realising it was part of a series. I think had I read the previous books I would of enjoyed this one more as it was clear that I had missed a lot in terms of character relationships and events. Whilst an effort was made to explain previous events I still felt like part of the puzzle was missing. Note to self, check if a book is part of a series before you request it!

What I loved about this book was the main storyline. The scenes when the victims knew they were being stalked and were trying to save themselves made my heart race and head me on the edge of my seat. I felt like I was holding my breath during Jackie’s scene! This part of the story was chilling, intense and thrilling. I also enjoyed learning more about hypnotism and it’s uses in criminal cases.

Whilst I did enjoy this book I did have trouble connecting to the characters, mainly because there were so many of them! I felt there were a lot of side stories and more characters than necessary. I don’t know if this was a ploy to try and throw us readers off the scent of the murderer? Unfortunately for me I had guessed who the murderer was before their final reveal. This was disappointing because it’s that final revelation that makes the read more exciting.

I did however love the backstory to the murderer and thought the final scenes were haunting and action packed. As I said previously Jackie’s scenes were some of my favourites and I think she was a character that I could connect with most, especially as she was a piano tutor.
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I had downloaded this title but did not realise there was a time limit to read this book. I did not send it to my kindle account so could not access this once the eBook expired. I would have liked to have started/continued reading it but could not because it was expired.
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Another really exciting book by Lars Kepler. This one had me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages to see what happens next. There are lots of twists and turns and nail biting moments!
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I'm a sucker for Swedish crime thrillers and didn't realise I hadn't reviewed this at the time!  My wife actually bought me a copy of this, hence the late review.  I remember reading the Hypnotist and feeling I was missing something - not realising Stalker is the 5th book in the series, that makes sense.  Stalker is another example of why Swedish crime fiction is so engrossing - thrilling characters, desolate places and nordic noir.  Recommended - but remember to read at least The Hypnotist first!
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I will definitely be reading this again. I’ll be looking forward to more books to come from this author.
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I was completely floored and fooled by this.

I haven’t read any of this series. I didn’t realise this was book 5 in the Joona Linna series when I got it.
I’m always doing stuff like that! I really need to pay attention more.

I felt like I should have at least read the book before this, I recommend that as you won’t be fumbling about so much at the beginning. Nevertheless I loved it.

First book by this author I am ashamed to say ( hides my head in shame) I can certainly see why his books are popular though.

Excellent read. And no, I was kept guessing all the way through.
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This is the first book I read by Lars Kepler. It was the fifth book in the Joona Linna series, I didn't realise it was book 5 in a series or I wouldn't have started reading ( I hate reading so far into a series without starting at the beginning) it can be read as a stand alone though I do feel having read the previous I would have a better feel for the main character Joona Linna. I found him to be a bit boring and didn't really take to him.

The story was good though at some points there were random events that didn't seem to have anything to do with the main story and that threw me off a little. It did take me a while to get into, I am not sure if that is because it was book 5 or Swedish noir which is something I haven't read a lot of.  Also there were parts that was clear was written by an author just the tone etc, as it is a husband and wife team I can see why, but I would have expected more fluidity between the writers.

Over all it was a good story and once I got into it I found it quite creepy.
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This book was OK but took a few attempts to get through.  This may be due to it being the fifth in a series that I've not read, or maybe just because it seems very lengthy.
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I had a small suspicion that Stalker was part of a series but didn’t realise it was the 5th book! Nevertheless, it didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Stalker is filled with suspense. Just when you think you’ve worked it out, you realise you are wrong. Will definitely read the other 4 books in the series.
Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the ARC.
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I enjoyed reading The Sandman  last year, so I was eager to see what Joona Linna would get up to next. He does not appear straightaway, but his colleague, Margot Silverman heads up a team that are easy to get behind. Her determination to find a chilling killer is incredible, especially whilst heavily pregnant, and I wanted to know the identity of the killer from the beginning.
At the beginning of Stalker, the novel has two distinct strands: the official investigation into the stalker, and Erik's work with Rocky. I found both strands fascinating, but was particularly intrigued by Erik and his methods. It took me a while to work out where the story was going, but eventually Kepler weaves everything together expertly and I was mightily impressed.
Stalker is not for the faint hearted: there are lots of bloody murders and the actions of the killer are seriously creepy. Kepler builds the atmosphere wonderfully from beginning to end, and as the attempts  to catch the killer gather pace, I was well and truly gripped by the sense of danger. The reveal of the killer was totally unexpected for me, and I am still trying to get my head around what the killer did.
I intend to catch up with the rest of this series as soon as possible.
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This is book five in a series but like I have done it can be read as a standalone. 

This is a brilliant read. Although a big read I found myself reading ‘just one more chapter’. When I had to put it down I found myself looking forward to going back to read it. It was such a great read. 

Stalker is one of those reads that I couldn’t predict what was gonna happen next. 

If your looking for an action packed thriller then I highly recommend you read this gem. I’m looking forward to reading more from this duo in the future.
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Someone is filming women in their homes and then killing them... Are the victims connected or random? Is this killer a serial killer or just killed two victims? The hypnotist will tell you the truth!

The Lars Kepler writing is so realistic that you can feel the fear and pain of the victims. You know, when you are watching a terror movie and close your eyes because you don't want to see how the "killer" hits the victim? 

I liked this book, it was interesting how the hypnotist tries to discover the hidden memories of the victims, I always found the hypnotism quite fascinating, discovering memories you don't know exist...!

I am not putting a high score in this book because I was quite lost with the characters, there were too many principal characters and sometimes it felt that their story didn't belong to the book. I highly recommend you to read all the series before starting this book, or you will be quite lost!

However it makes me think to look into reading the Joona Linda series which this was the 5th book of.
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I really enjoyed this title and will definitely read more books by this author in the future. A really gripping read
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One of the good things about downloading books from netgalley is how it's opened my eyes to lots of new (to me) authors.  I then end up going out and either buying the back catalogues or taking advantage of the local library for some mass borrowing. This is no exception to that. My first of Keplers' and I will definitely be going back for the rest.

It was such an enjoyable thriller and kept me guessing right up until the big reveal. Then it was a race against time to rescue the final victims. It's a real page turner and I found it difficult to put down. 
Even though it's the fifth installment I didn't feel like I'd missed anything by not having read the others however I w=definitely need to go back to them as I want to know the full story as to how Joona ended up faking his own death and living on a farm, no longer a policeman. 
I was reading this book whilst on a coach heading to Wales and the lady next to me asked what the book was (on kindle so not obvious). When I told her, she mentioned how she hadn't read the book but apparently BBC4 have been showing a TV series about this detective! And she'd really enjoyed it. Now I have that to add to my watch list too and she is going to go get the books because I was enjoying the written version so much. I love how stories bring us together. 

So yeah, I loved it, the lady loved the TV show and I'm looking forward to reading the rest.
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This is another gritty book from Lars Kepler with Joona in it,thoroughly enjoyable read,that had me hooked from the start.Cannot wait to read some more with this brilliant character.
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an enjoyable book , kept me reading, story and characters were well done.
it reminded me of many true life stories that have been in the press recently
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Stalker is the fifth book in the Joona Lina series by Lars Kepler. I was given an advanced copy in exchange for a review, having not read the previous four books. While it is probably an advantage to have read the previous books to know Joona Lina and his story, Stalker works perfectly fine as a stand-alone novel and actually made me want to read the full series. 

Brilliantly written and developed, Stalker follows the police investigation into the brutal murder of a woman who is seemingly the victim of a stalker. When a short video clip is sent to the police with no information, no way to trace the sender and no way of knowing who the woman in the video is, the police disregard it as nothing. When a short time later, the body of a woman is discovered and the police discover who the victim is, they realise they are looking for a stalker who has been watching the woman. When a second video clip is sent to the police days later, the race is on to find the woman in the video and the murderer before it's too late. 

The police bring in various specialists to assist them in the investigation but Joona Lina is the one person who they know would help them solve the crime. As the investigation develops and more characters are brought in to assist, the book really starts to gather pace and intrigue. 

Stalker is the first Scandi-thriller I've read and it was far from disappointing. The characters are all well-developed and realistic, the plot moves well at good pace and develops with increasing intensity. The short chapters make Stalker an addictive read; one that I didn't want to put down even in the early hours! There were moments that I found myself feeling creeped out and I ended up closing my own curtains/blinds at home or turning the lights on! That eerie feeling of being watched and not knowing whats out there in the dark is brilliantly brought out in the reader as we watch the victims go about their lives unknowingly under surveillance. 

Stalker has everything: crime, personal drama, drugs, sex, murder, revenge, hypnosis, I could go on. An action packed, very enjoyable read that will not disappoint, I'd definitely recommend! The remainder of the Joona Lina series is now firmly on my "Want to Read" list! 

Thank you to Lars Kepler, NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoy these books - definitely in the Stieg Larsson mould.
Very clever plots which keep me reading.
An excellent series of books.
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