Victoria Bergman Trilogy #1
Published by Knopf Doubleday on June 14, 2016
It begins in a Stockholm city park where the abused body of a young boy is discovered. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of an immigrant child. But with the discovery of the mutilated corpses of two more children, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.
Superintendent Kihlberg turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in the psychopathology of those who kill, and the lives of the two women become quickly intertwined – professionally and personally. As they draw closer to each other and to the truth about the killings, what surfaces is the undeniable fact that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of an insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society.
My ReviewThere is something in the writing style of those two Scandinavian authors that gave me at some point the creeps.
No doubt, Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist – the two men behind Erik Axl Sund – have a very unique and special way of describing scenes as well as figures.
There is a certain kind of psychological effect to what the single figures do and say, that isn´t always easy to take.
And the competent federal prosecutor doesn´t make her work any easier. Only when the psychologist Sofia Zetterlund steps into the scene, the facts start to build a picture. A picture that is so brutal and shocking and which shows that a pedophiliac ring with his complete forgathered view of things is more involved than anyone could wish for.
The story is brought to the reader by an independent narrator which creates a distance between the reader and the thriller, that doesn´t make it sometimes easy to follow the events.
The plot is about a very explosive topic that in our present society; no matter which country you´re in, is rather hushed then put out in the open: pedophilia.
Erik Axl Sund show the darkest sides of this morbid tendency and lets the appalled reader up close see how sick and twisted the mindset and sight of those men is, and that even the draconian consequences not change anything.
But I have to give you a warning: if you´re extremely sensitive when it comes to sexual abuse of children and their psychological outcome for the person concerned and their families, then you´re better advised to keep your fingers of this book. The author duo extenuated nothing and shows the blackest side of society in particular the one of men.
Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym of the Swedish author duo Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. Håkan is sound engineer, musician and artist. Jerker is the producer of Håkan´s electro punkband “iloveyoubaby!” and works as a librarian at a prison. Together they wrote the Victoria-Bergman-Trilogy, for which they were decorated in 2012 with the Special Award of the Swedish Crime academy.