The Fire Witness

by Lars Kepler

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LoveReading View on The Fire Witness

The unsettling, gripping and fast-paced style established in the The Hypnotist and The Nightmare continue in the third book in the Joona Linna series, The Fire Witness.

Detective Inspector Joona Linna, under internal review by the National Police for an alleged infraction, is on leave to solve some troubling personal business when he is called in to "observe" the investigation of a gruesome and strange murder at Birgittagarden, a youth home for wayward teenage girls.

Psychologically tense and with great appeal to fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.

 

A 'Piece of Passion' from the editor...
‘Two savage murders at a girls’ remand home north of Stockholm, a girl from the home on the run in a stolen car, with a little boy strapped into the back seat and, several hundred miles away, a clairvoyant who claims to know what happened...it is a case only Detective Inspector Joona Linna is able to solve. The Fire Witness is the third outing for Lars Kepler’s taciturn detective, first encountered in The Hypnotist and then in The Nightmare. It is one of the most gripping thrillers I have ever read: well written, intelligently plotted and with a truly heart-stopping climax. I defy anyone not to gasp in surprise when the meaning of the title, The Fire Witness, is revealed. Scandinavian crime at it’s very, very best.’ Patrick Janson-Smith

 

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The Fire Witness Synopsis

The No 1 Swedish bestseller by the author of The Hypnotist and The Nightmare Flora has seen it all, but nobody believes her. A young girl is dead, someone killed her. She was only fourteen years old and was found in her room at the institution for young women in distress, north of Stockholm. The walls are splashed with blood, the sheets are soaked. None of the other girls know what happened, but one of them has fled into the night. What Flora does not know is that it is the redoubtable Joona Linna who will be investigating the worst and most puzzling crime of his career. Flora knows only she saw the girl and has seen the crime weapon that nobody can find. She knows what happened, but the police do not believe her. For one simple reason: at the time of the murder, Flora was hundreds of miles away. Yet Flora is certain that she is right. She has seen. Because she is a medium.

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The Fire Witness Reader Reviews

  • Rachael Anderson - 'A gripping thriller which does not disappoint. Action packed, with lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'A fast paced thriller that keeps going until the very last page. Excellent read, I couldn't put it down.' Read full review >
  • Magda North - 'A stand out read. The Fire Witness brings together great writing, phenomenal plotting and very credible characters.' Read full review >
  • Emma Barton - 'The Fire Witness grabs your attention from the first page and the fast paced story holds it to the very end.' Read full review >
  • Alan Brown - 'This is a book which scares as well as horrifies...This is the third book in the series...the book is self-sufficient and can be read as a stand alone noir fiction story.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Williams - 'Not a terrible novel but not one I'll come back to.' Read full review >
  • Ray Orgill - 'It is a truly horrendous set of circumstances which keeps the reader glued to the page...not to be read in solitude.' Read full review >
  • Melanie Rose - 'A good read full of unexpected twists.' Read full review >
  • Kerry Bridges - 'This is apparently the third outing for Joona and although I have not read the previous two novels, I would now like to do so as I really enjoyed this one.' Read full review >
  • Helen Lowry - 'There is plenty to keep your interest...A good read and highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'Perseverance pays - a slow start but it just gets better and better.' Read full review >
  • Jenn O'Neill - 'I found this book thrilling from the outset...I enjoyed the journey that the book took and the twists and turns through the eyes of the different characters.' Read full review >
  • Bev Farningham - 'First of all you have to get your head around all the Swedish names!' Read full review >

The Fire Witness Press Reviews

'A brilliant thriller'
Norrkopings Tidningar

'It's like falling down a stream, you get caught up and can hardly breathe'
Dagens Nyheter

'It all goes at maximum speed and it's impossible to hit the brakes before reaching the end'
Skanska Dagbladet Praise for Lars Kepler:

'Taking Europe by storm'
Daily Mail

'Kepler has a direct line to a very dark place in the human soul'
Lev Grossman, Time

'Commanding, deeply scarifying stuff'
Independent

'More energetic than Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson, Kepler matches Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement'
Weekend Australian Praise for The Nightmare:

'One of the most exciting Swedish crime novels of recent years ... It doesn't get better than this'
Goteborgsposten

'A high-octane, taut thriller'
Marie Claire

'Intricate detective work and heart-ticking suspense'
Boston Globe Praise for The Hypnotist:

'One of the best - if not the best - Scandinavian crime thrillers I've read'
RED

'A creepy and compulsive crime thriller'
Mo Hayder

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ISBN: 9780007467747
Publication date: 18/07/2013
Publisher: Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007467747
Publication date: 18th July 2013
Author: Lars Kepler
Publisher: Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Lars Kepler

A No. 1 bestselling international sensation, Lars Kepler has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies of the Joona Linna series in Sweden alone. Their first thriller, The Hypnotist, has just been released as a film, directed by Lasse Hallström. The Fire Witness is the third thriller in the Joona Linna series following on from The Nightmare in 2012. Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for writing duo, Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril. They live with their family in Sweden.

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