Having previously read The Hypnotist I was looking forward to reading The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler. The book did not disappoint, it was a gripping thriller and a fast read with plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing.
Birgittagarden is a state approved home for especially troubled girls, it normally contains around eight girls from twelve to seventeen. They are closely supervised and in therapy. One night the police are called to investigate a gruesome murder, one of the girls has been found in her bed, her head bashed in and her hands covering her eyes. The therapists wife has been looking after the girls and she is also found beaten to death with a hammer in the outside shed.
One of the girls in the home, Vicky Bennett is missing and her bed is covered with blood. A hunt for her ensues and as she tries to escape she steals a car which contains a four year old boy. The race is on to find her and the child before it is too late.
The police investigate, assisted by Joona Lima. He is currently under investigation by the National Police’s Internal Review Board so is officially acting as an observer. He has strong opinions of his own and it not scared to go his own way when he believes the official investigation has missed something.
Meanwhile in Stockholm, Flora Hansen is working as a medium. She has started to see visions of the murder and contacts the police claiming to have seen a ghost. Will she be believed? It is up to Joona to untangle the mystery and solve the murders.
The book will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens. Every chapter brings a new twist to the story and the ending, for me, was totally unexpected. The book has a slightly Gothic twist with the setting for the murders being in an approved home, as well as the medium being part of the story line. This is a definite must read for the summer.
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