Author: Gustaf Skördeman
Date of publication: 29th April 2021
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Format reviewed: NetGalley ARC
Number of pages: 432
The landline rings as she is waving off her grandchildren.
Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’.
For decades, she has known that this moment would come. She knows what it means.
Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband of 50 years before pressing the barrel to his temple. She squeezes the trigger . . .
Geiger is one of those books I fell for because of the blurb. Alright, the cover is eye-catching, and the title intriguing, but the synopsis sold it to me, which is rare as I am very hard to please and very quick to judge when it comes to a book pitch!
“The landline rings” Ha. Do you have a landline? I don’t. I think there’s a cord I can plug to my Internet box for that but I never tried. Whenever I have to call customer services for a problem with my Internet, I have to look for the landline/Internet phone number… Back to the story! Geiger really starts as a regular story. Grandparents have been taking care of their children. Now their parents are back from holiday and ready to bring their offspring back home. A ring in the house disrupts the familiar scene. I liked that the plot hit the ground running. No time for questions as Agneta, sweet grandmother and devoted wife, goes upstairs to grab a gun and shoots her beloved husband. How’s that for a shock? Even if I knew what was coming, I was startled and befuddled. Why? How? WHY?
From there, Geiger took a turn I was not expecting. Well, to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting into! Politics, old files, memories, spies, international issues… Geiger has multiple layers forming a complex plot. Most parts kept me interested. I needed answers. You don’t start eating a surprise pastry just to stop midway, do you?
I never truly warmed to the characters. Sara, family friend and police officer not officially on the case, felt extremely cold and arrogant. Other protagonists also failed to give me enough to connect to them, but I enjoyed the web of double-crossings and the many questions raised around them.
There is quite a good amount of history in the novel to put things into context, which somehow slowed the pace a little, giving the investigations a different edge than what you encounter in other novels from the genre.
The typical tone of nordic noir can be felt throughout the book, which should please avid readers of novels from the cold countries!
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Thank you to Tracy and the publisher for inviting me to be part of this tour and for providing me with an e-copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.