The most terrifying thriller you'll read this year
The international thriller sensation
It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.
Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are discovered, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.
With her career on the line, Kihlberg turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they expose a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?
'A compulsive page-turner'
'Compelling... we are left gasping for breath'
'There's a fantastic twist... the pace of its revelations is relentless'
“Compelling... we are left gasping for breath”
“A compulsive page-turner... ridiculously entertaining”
“There's a fantastic twist... the pace of its revelations [is] relentless”
Observer, Thriller of the Month
“Dark, powerful, disturbing”
“The best crime novel of the year so far”
“A breakneck journey through a plot of labyrinthine complexity... Sund boldly places dissociative identity disorder…at the heart of this extremely disturbing novel.”
Joan Smith, Sunday Times
“A dark and brutal read that addresses violence perpetuated by women. Snappy writing makes this a page-turning thriller”
“Creepy is elevated to an art form in this tale of dysfunctional characters, peppered with paedophilia, guilt, pain, powerlessness, denial and betrayal... The subject matter makes for harrowing reading at times, but skilfully escalating suspense keeps you hooked all the way”
“A pulse-pounding thriller that manages to linger on character depth and puts an emphasis on supporting characters that are usually given short shrift. With its heady mix of graphic violence, noirish thrills and social commentary, the book is a must-read for Scandinavian crime fiction enthusiasts….a huge book and a landmark achievement”
“Tipped to make a killing”
“Exerts an inexorable grip”
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
“This is addictive, intelligent entertainment of the highest order... It is an astonishingly stringent, well executed and actually almost without exception breathlessly suspenseful psychological thriller bar none”
“Impressive and terrifying”
“Insanely creepy psycho-thriller that places the thin veneer of normality under the microscope.”
“The Crow Girl is a psychological thriller that will take you to the darkest corners of human insanity”
“First-class thriller for readers with nerves of steel”
Flesh Gwiazdy & Styl, Poland
“What an outstanding debut… A must-read for any fan of Scandinavian crime fiction.”
Crime Fiction Lover, Book of the Year