Synopsis: All he wants is for them to say sorry.
The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2…
Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager’s friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim – but even so, who could have hated her enough to kill?
Then another teenager goes missing, and more clips are sent. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things at least: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done yet.
I’ve read all in this series so far but I was particularly intrigued this time with the murders centering around Snapchat. I don’t have Snapchat. I don’t want it. I was put off ever downloading it by a colleague who showed me how they can check up on what their friends and re doing and where they are just by looking up their app avatars. That terrifies me. In this book, the murders are ‘announced’ via Snapchat when the killer sends photos of the crime to everyone on the victims contact list. Yeah I am never downloading this app….
The characters themselves build on the previous books and I’m starting to really enjoy them now. Not sure if it’s something lost in translation or intentional but sometimes they seem a little cold. I still like them though.
The twist of the whodunnit at the end confused me a bit and even after reading it all the way through I still only think I’ve under stood part of it. Hard to explain without spoilers. It is intriguing and reminded me of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Nothing is as straightforward as it seems. Slight confusion aside I did like the thinking behind it.
The bullying angle is horrific. Nothing really stands out as a memory of being bullied. I was more the kid on the middle that’s neither bullied or popular; just plodding through school til it was over however I have a few family members who were bullied. Most recently a younger one who suffered the most horrific online abuse I’ve personally witnessed and some of the bullies online actions have been true for this young person I know. So easy these days to sit behind a keyboard and forget these are human beings that are being attacked. Bullying past and present is the subject behind the killings. As with a few things, the scarier because it’s based on reality. So I applaud the relevance of the storyline.
Overall really good read and I look forward to the next.