The Hanging Girl, by Jussi Adler-Olsen

4 Sep
FIVE out of FIVE stars

FIVE out of FIVE stars

I received an advance copy of The Hanging Girl through the Penguin Random House First-To-Read program. I had never read any of the previous books in the series so I did not know if this would hinder my enjoyment of it, but no worries, I LOVED THIS. It was so much fun! From the beginning I loved all the characters, both good guys and bad guys. There were family and past issues with the main characters that I did not understand, but they didn’t affect the story and those issues really just made me want to go back and read the previous books. The final twists and turns were never ending, keeping me constantly guessing and on my toes; as soon as I thought the case had been solved another twist came in and then another and then ANOTHER. For such a complicated story I was surprised there were no glaring holes in the storyline or dropped points that I noticed. The basic premise is that Carl, Assad, and Rose have taken over a case that another detective had spent his whole life obsessing over until his death. I initially found the idea quite silly that Carl’s team could come in and uncover all these new clues in ten days that the cop who dedicated his life to could not… but that is explained quite satisfactorily at the end. And the end presents a new problem with the team that I’m sure we can look forward to reading about in the next book.

All in all, I loved this book to pieces, found it quite exciting, and am definitely going to find the previous books to read – along with all future Department Q/Carl Mørck books!

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