A shocking murder…
It’s a case, unlike anything Detective Mina Dabiri has seen before. A woman trapped inside a magician’s box, with swords pierced through. But this time, it’s not a magic trick. It’s murder.
A case which twists and turns…
Knowing she has a terrifying killer on her hands, Mina enlists the help of celebrity mentalist, Vincent Walder. Only he can give her an insight into the secret world of magic and illusions.
A ticking clock to stop a serial killer…
Mina and Vincent soon discover that the murder victim has the Roman numeral III engraved on her leg. The killer is counting down. There are going to be three more murders. And time is running out to stop them.
Well, I’m not sure where I’ve been, under a rock maybe? I had never heard of Camilla Lackberg until I received a copy of Cult from Pan Macmillan. After some investigating, I found I had missed out on some seriously good crime fiction from Sweden’s School of Writing.
So on entering Trapped, I was utterly transfixed with this novel!. I adored the two protagonists, in this new series ( hurrah!) – Mina Dalbri the Police Detective, who is brilliant at her job but fatally flawed with a severe and debilitating aversion to germs! ( I SO identified with this!!) And Vincent Walder, a celebrity mentalist, who has a special talent and knowledge of all things magic and illusion based.
Mina enlists Vincent’s help in tracking a killer who is intent on killing beginning with a very gag-inducing description of a woman trapped inside a magician’s box and pierced with swords. There will be more killings, but Mina and her team need Vincent to help find this crazed serial killer before more bodies turn up.
Trapped is a fantastically written novel, the plot of gripping and the in-depth character studies of both Mina and Vincent are just engrossing and sublime, and by introducing them both to us in Trapped so well, the readers will feel like they know them inside and out before the end of the novel. There is a fairly large cast of characters, but they all fit in so well with the plot outline and they work magnificently together with Mina and Vincent.
Trapped is a large book ( great if you don’t want it to end!) with 500+ pages, but I did not once feel any of the prose was a filler, I loved Trapped so much and am totally invested in both Mina and Vincents’s characters.
The storyline is true crime fiction, but there’s empathy, friendship, love and compassion entwined in this spectacular story!
A huge 5-star read for me, as always Swedish, Nordic and Icelandic Noir are great genres filled with some uber-talented authors like these 2! Cult is on my shelf ready to be read in June hopefully! And there is a Book 3 already!!
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