The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjork

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Winter 1999. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He slams on the brakes. But is not an animal.

Format:   ARC                                                             Publisher:  Doubleday

Published in hardback and ebook 21 March 2019.

Nordic Noir as chilling as the landscape.

Firstly my grateful thanks to the publisher for the ARC copy. 

With the discovery of a ballet dancer in full costume Munch & Kruger take on the case, how did she die? they find a needle mark on her body. Further bodies are soon discovered with the same mysterious mark. Does this mean there is a serial killer on the loose?. The victims appear to have no obvious connection.

I have to say this was my first introduction to the author and series and I found the characters to be beautifully written, Holger Munch is a wonderfully drawn and highly likeable, whilst Mia Kruger is more complex with a darker side (which maybe had I read the previous books I may have understood more), however, as a pair they have an obvious chemistry and sense of teamwork and dependence on each other.

The book is not fast paced, however that seems in keeping with the location and is spot on for the story, the author has crafted and constructed a story with plenty of depth and atmosphere, with twists guaranteed to keep the reader hooked,  and the ending was one that I didn’t see coming. 

Location also plays a vital role in setting the scene for the story

There is also a side story running through the book involving a detective being involved with a drugs ring, this was a nice aside to the main investigation.

Whilst this is the third in the Munch & Kruger series it can be read as a standalone, although I feel as though I would have benefitted more with the character development had I read the previous two books (something I will be doing), it doesn’t detract or take anything away from what is a magnificent read.

There is plenty of excitement and tension from first to last, a compelling and addictive, a wonderful slice of Nordic Noir and perfect for any crime fan.

I am always looking to find and try new authors and pleased to say that I have found an author whose future (and past) books I will eagerly look forward to.

I look forward to adding the hardback Edition to my collection. 

5*

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