Social Media Icons

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Review: The Mirror Man by Lars Kepler

The Mirror Man
by Lars Kepler

A huge thanks to Knopf Publishing, Abby of @crimebythebook and PRH Audio for these gifted copies.

Publisher: Knopf Publishing
Publish Date: January 18, 2022
400 Pages
Series: Joona Linna #8
Genres: Thriller, Crime Fiction, Nordic Noir

In the latest internationally best-selling installment of the Killer Instinct series, Detective Joona Linna is on the trail of a kidnapper who targets teenage girls and makes their worst nightmares a reality.

Seventeen-year-old Jenny is abducted in broad daylight and taken to a dilapidated, isolated house where she is chained and caged along with several other girls. Their captor is unpredictable, and as wily as he is cruel: he foils every one of their desperate attempts to escape . . . and once caught they rarely survive their punishment.

Five years later, Jenny is found dead in a public park, and the police are scrambling to find a lead among the scant evidence. But Detective Joona Linna realizes that this murder has an eerie connection to a death that was declared a suicide years before. And now when Mia, a seventeen-year-old orphan, goes missing, it becomes clear to Joona that they are dealing with a serial killer—and the murderous rampage has just begun.

As the police close in on the killer, Mia and her fellow captives are plunged into ever greater danger, and Joona finds himself in a seemingly impossible race against time to save their young lives. 

My Review:

Joona Linna is BACK! Installment 8 in the series brings us more bloodshed and horror - more action over suspense and I am here for every single bloody drop.  I was lucky enough to be able to speak with the authors (if you didn't already know, there are two authors that write this series and they're married!) earlier today on Knopf Publishing's IG Live - head over to their page and check it out if you like! 

One of the things discussed was the way Linna finds a connection with the villains in the stories - that there is that humanity we get a glimpse of that makes these killers relatable to some extent... like a balance to the flaws in Linna as well.  These are my favorite things about this series honestly.  So... welcome to THE MIRROR MAN.  He's kidnapping teenage girls and keeping them in cages.  Any punishment doled out is extreme, graphic and brutal (personally I live for these kinds of things so yay!).  Just wait til you understand the full meaning of.... haha, almost fooled you eh? No spoilers here!  

The only thing that stopped me from the full 5 stars is I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the reveal re the villain.  I absolutely cannot say more as I don't want to ruin anything but I'd like to see a character like this just NOT be a villain for once.  However, keep in mind that it's just my own personal preference and maybe a source of reading so many thrillers and is absolutely not a slight on the authors.

Fast paced and bloody brilliant, if you're a fan of nordic noir, crime fiction and amazing heroes/villains, then I absolutely recommend this series. If you're like me and like to read series books in order, fear not - these can definitely be read as standalones.  So go get your thrill on.  You know you want to.


No comments

Leave a Comment