Bad Blood by Arne Dahl


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A review copy was provided by Gill Hess in return for an honest review

I should start by saying that I haven't read the first book nor have I seen the TV series. It usually really irks me when I discover that the book I'm reading is part of a series but it didn't really effect my enjoyment of this one.

The blurb on the back sounded really interesting and I couldn't wait to get into it. I was expecting a roller-coaster like thriller but that wasn't what I got. The first half of the book moves quite slowly. I found it very hard and it became a bit of a drudge. It was almost a DNF for me.

However I'm glad I stuck with it. Bad blood spends its first half letting out little threads. We are not given a lot of information about the killer and there are only a few paragraphs told from his point of view. Things really started to heat up once I passed the halfway mark. Those little threads that seemed meaningless earlier in the story were starting to weave together. 

The character development in the novel was top class. I could feel their need to catch this killer with every chapter that passed.

This was a really intelligent crime thriller. It is a little explicit and gory in parts but it's nothing the regular crime reader couldn't handle. Readers new to the genre might find it a little too much.

 I'd recommend it to any crime fan looking for a story with a little more depth. I can't wait to read the next instalment! 


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