In the latest legal thriller from author of Quicksand, Doctor Stig Ahlin was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a teenage girl. When Sophia Weber discovers critical flaws in the murder investigation, she decides to help Ahlin, arousing public disgust among those who are certain of Ahlin's guilt.
Award-winning Swedish author Giolito excels at portraying those accused of horrible crimes ... the plot frames what is the best part of the writing, an intricate examination of the psyches of criminals and those who work with them, accompanied by pointed questions about who is served by the justice system. While this is a fine novel on its own merits, it is perhaps a bit less compelling than its predecessor [Quicksand]. Still, both novels are great reads, and libraries should have them on hand for when Netflix airs its production of Quicksand on April 15, 2019.
...[an] intriguing legal thriller ... An ongoing series would be welcome given the author’s legal savvy, well-drawn characters, and insightful look at the subtle variations of guilt. No courtroom fireworks but smart, well-written legal and procedural drama.
...[a] searing legal thriller ... [Giolito] builds tension by alternating between Sophia’s search for evidence to free Ahlin and flashbacks to the original police investigation ... meticulously crafted ... Fans of Nordic noir won’t want to miss this one.