Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Killer's Island Book Review

I have a really good murder/mystery book to share with you called Killer's Island written by Anna Jansson.
The White Sea-Lady myth is said to be as old as the ancient Swedish island Gotland has been inhabited. It tells the story of a young bride who drowned on her wedding night and returns as a ghost to lure men into the watery depths. This legend resurfaces when a nurse is found murdered in a wedding dress. Detective Inspector Maria Wern investigates, but it becomes clear that the police are also under observation by a seemingly pervasive killer.
This is actually a very well thought out book that had me fooled into thinking I knew who the killer was pretty early on but at the end, it turned out to be someone totally different. Of course, certain facts were withheld until almost then, so if I had known those, I might have drawn a different conclusion. But, that's half of the fun, trying to figure out who the killer is while reading these type of books.

This is another Maria Wren stories, who is a detective in Sweden. This is the second story I have read about her and I have to admit the writer does paint a great story. Maris is attacked one night while walking home from being with some friends when she sees a young boy being beaten. She tries to help but ends up getting pretty beaten up herself. The boy doesn't make it and she is feeling pretty bad about it.

Then the other murders start happening and at first they don't think they are related until Maria starts putting 2 and 2 together and then a pattern emerges. There are quite a lot of characters in the story and they are all being told at the same time. I used to not like that type of story telling but now that I have gotten used to it, I much prefer it because you are listening to others in the story, including the killer, talk and tell bits about themselves and how they got to where they are in the story.

If you love reading a good mystery, then this is definitely one book that you should check out. I have read quite a lot of mysteries in my time and this ranks right up there with some of the best in the business.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:
Anna Jansson grew up immersed in storytelling on the island of Gotland. Everything she writes, from suspenseful crime novels to mythical children's books and academic non-fiction, is infused with intensity. Since her debut in 2000, her novels have sold in two million copies in more than ten countries. Several titles have been turned into movies.

Jansson first worked as nurse for many years and, when she began to write fictional crime stories, her inspiration came from the people she met at the hospital. In a genre full of sudden, wicked death, Jansson managed to interweave issues related to current and critical ethical problems related to life and death, turning her stories into relatable and thought provoking works of art.

Jansson's stories roll with the natural ebb and flow of a person's life--she is a master of tempo changes, from descriptive passages to thrilling action sequences and the development of relationships between characters, building momentum as each book plot intensifies. Jansson is uniquely skilled at defining each character in her books, evidenced by the sagaciously drawn Maria Wern, a complex and flawed woman that readers have come to know and love.

Besides writing crime novels, Anna Jansson holds lectures on ethical issues related to medical care and has published a number of academic books on health care topics. She also enjoys and has experienced much success writing books for children. In tandem with her incredibly successful career as a writer, Jansson continued for a long time to work part-time as a nurse at Örebro Hospital's lung clinic. She has six children and lives in Örebro, Sweden.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.