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The Swimmer

by Joakim Zander

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Swimmer

Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you really need to keep your wits about you to sort out who is who and what is what and then it connects … wow.  We meet Kara whose mother was killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Mahmoud whom she loves but doesn’t really know it, Reiger who needs a document translated, George who can do just that, and then suddenly we switch to Afghanistan.  Finally we have a cat-and-mouse chase across Europe.  This is terrific.

 

July 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Swimmer Synopsis

Klara Walldeen was orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents on a remote Swedish archipelago. She is now a political aide in Brussels - and she has just seen something she shouldn't: something people will kill to keep hidden. On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action, so dedicated to the cause that he abandoned his baby daughter to keep his cover. Now the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool. Then, on Christmas eve, Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out...

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The Swimmer Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Reba Khatun - 'The Swimmer is an exhilarating political thriller. I enjoyed reading this even though I don’t normally read this genre.' Read full review >
  • Helen Jones - 'This is a fast moving electrifying first novel by Joakim Zander set around the shady world of espionage and politics...I was hooked and would recommend it to anyone who loves Scandinavian literature and action thrillers.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Webb - 'I was gripped from the first page...I don’t read many thrillers... but it’s very enjoyable and I’d recommend it.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Jones - 'An exciting, tension-filled thriller that opens with the narrator poignantly hinting at his betrayal of his daughter.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Williams - 'I was hoping for an exciting but developed political thriller, this was more of an action novel...' Read full review >
  • Dana Captainino - 'A complex book which leaves you feeling more informed and just a little less secure about the state of the world than when you began.' Read full review >
  • Hilary Nuth - 'A fast-paced Scandi drama about love and politics!' Read full review >
  • Suzanne James - 'It is very much 'on trend' in its theme of shadowy government agencies, suspect war time activities and, of course, the Scandinavian setting.  I certainly think this would be a great holiday read.' Read full review >
  • Cyllene Griffiths - 'This is an intriguing spy thriller set in several fascinating European locations...well written and thoroughly enjoyable.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Inskip - 'Once all the characters were established it was enjoyable to read. It's a good thriller and I would read more by this author.' Read full review >
  • Chris Parfitt - 'The story itself was clever and well thought out but the lack of flow just ruined it for me...Sorry but I found this hard work.' Read full review >
  • Debbie Patrick - 'I found it a struggle to read. It didn’t seem to flow to me and I was disappointed in it.' Read full review >

The Swimmer Press Reviews

'Guilt and atonement and revenge ... THE SWIMMER is an impressive, fast-paced thriller'
Boras Tidning

'Elegantly constructed ... the language creeps up on you ... a remarkable debut novel.'
Goteborgs-Posten.

 

'Well-written and incredibly thrilling ... avoids the predictability of the genre'
Skanska Dagbladet

'A terrific page-turner, rich with complex conflicts and a big, chillingly credible conspiracy.'
Chris Pavone, bestselling author of The Expats

'At the end you look up and see the world differently.'
Lesley Thomson

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781859179
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781859179
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Joakim Zander
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Joakim Zander

Joakim Zander was born in 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden. He currently works as a lawyer for the European Union in Helsinki, Finland and has previously lived in Belgium, the USA, and the Middle East. The Swimmer is his debut novel.   Author photo © Sofia Runarsdotter   CLICK HERE to read our 'Ask the Author' feature on Joakim Zander.

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