The Annika Bengtzon Series #9
In the ninth book of this Scandinavian series, reporter Annika Bengtzon gets a tip about a body found behind the local school and she arrives with the police. A woman has been stabbed to death, the fourth such murder in Stockholm.
The police don’t think the murders are related, but Annika does and starts investigating. Her investigation gets sidelined when her on again, off again husband Thomas gets kidnapped. He’s volunteered as part of an EU delegation in Nairobi, mostly because of the hot young British delegate, and they all go missing, their driver shot and killed.
Thomas’s boss is with Annika to handle the exorbitant ransom demands, and they get more involved than they probably should. The point of view switches between Annika, her investigation into the serial killings and the effects of the kidnapping on her and the children, with Thomas and the other kidnap victims, the deplorable conditions in which they are kept, and their constant fear of execution.
Highly suspenseful and sure to appeal to Scandinavian thriller fans of Steig Larssen, Jussi Adler-Olsen and Camilla Läckberg.
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BORDERLINE by Liza Marklund. Atria/Emily Bestler Books (April 14, 2015). ISBN 978-1476778297. 384p.