Unseen A Mystery Author:Mari Jungstedt Swedish crime at its best---dark, atmospheric, and chilling — The island of Gotland is in the middle of a busy tourist season and getting ready for Midsummer, the 4th of July of Swedish holidays, when a young woman and her dog are found brutally murdered. The dog has been beheaded and is missing a paw; the woman is naked, covered in gruesome axe ... more »wounds, and her panties have been stuffed in her mouth.
What looks like a crime committed by the victim's jealous husband keeps the local police force on their toes. Then a second victim is found. A serial killer terrorizes tourists and locals alike, and Inspector Anders Knutas has to face additional pressure from the media and local politicians who are worried about bad PR for the island.
In his quest for the murderer, he is aided by Johan Berg, an intrepid young journalist from Stockholm who has been sent to cover the incidents and who gets involved with Emma, one of the first victim’s close friends. Three women die before Knutas and Berg, each approaching the case in their own way, finally close in on the killer, who has always, until now, been the one unseen by everybody.
Jungstedt has written an atmospheric and exciting first mystery in clear, unadorned prose, in the tradition of Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser, and Karin Fossum.« less
Helena's family owns a house on the island of Gotland, near Sweden. She invites her lover and some other friends to a party there. After some drinking, her lover, Per, becomes jealous and they have a row. It becomes physical.
The next morning, Helena rises early and goes for her customary walk along the beach accompanied by her dog. The island is swathed in pea-soup fog, making that which is visible appear surreal. Later that morning, her body is found naked, chopped by an axe and her panties, the only piece of clothing found, are stuffed in her mouth. Also, the dog is located missing a paw and almost beheaded. Suspicion naturally falls on her lover, Per, and he is arrested.
With Per in jail, another woman is murdered and like Helena, is found naked except for the panties stuffed in her mouth, but the weapon used was not an axe here. Pressure is put on Detective Superintendent Knutas to solve the murders before any more women are killed. On the scene appears Johan Berg, an intrepid journalist who seems to be able to find out details in the murders not released to the media or public.
Looking into Helena's past they come across a scandal when she was 17. But are the two women related or associated in any way or are they simply random victims? It takes another murder before some of the pieces begin to fall into place.
I enjoyed the story and suspense as done by Mari Jungstedt, the writer. This is the first book I have read by her but I certainly look forward to her others!