- Fact: I love Scandinavian crime fiction.
- Fact: I have an entire three walls of bookshelf dedicated to Scandinavian crime fiction.
- Fact: I am rarely disappointed in Scandinavian crime fiction.
The story goes something like this:
The main character, Sibylla Forsenstrom, is homeless, and when she gets desperate, scams wealthy-looking men into paying for dinner or buying her a room in a nice hotel somewhere. For her, it's a tried and true method, and she's careful. Her caution, however, does nothing for her when a man who paid for her room at a luxury hotel is found not only dead but horribly mutilated. She flees the scene, but accidentally leaves things behind. When a second murder and mutilation occur, she finds herself on the front pages of every newspaper in Sweden, where she reads that she is wanted for both murders. Not only that, but her entire history (told in a backstory) of mental illness catches up to her and she is the most wanted person in the country.She decides that the only way out of this mess is to find the real killer and clear herself of suspicion.
Sounds like a great plot, and it is, but frankly, it just didn't have that edge to it that would normally keep me in suspense enough to keep turning pages. To be very fair, the author did a decent job developing Sybilla's childhood history and her journey into mental illness (which I thought were the best parts of this book), but the murder and crime-solving angle just failed to reach out and grab me. I thought that the writing was a bit flat and that the solution to the crime was something so obvious that the police should have picked up on it right away, making the whole mystery aspect to the book rather...hmmm....what's a good word here...amateurish.