"The Fire Witness", by Lars Kepler

The Fire Witness - Lars Kepler

Book 3, in Detective Inspector Joona Linna series

Before you read this novel be warned it is one of those rare stories that are truly difficult to put down. Once started you will be reading till the wee hours….This pulse-pounding third outing sends Joona to a home for troubled girls where one of them was brutally murdered, one girls is gone missing and one girl claims to have witnessed it all.

The story weaves puzzles into puzzles and is as dark, gritty and as brutal as you can imagine. It starts slowly at first but fast gain momentum. Brilliantly written in short and exciting chapters combined with a present tense narration the action is largely centered on trying to find the prime suspect, the missing girl. Giving us only the information we need, no long back stories the author’s proceeds in giving clues as the investigation moves along and draws us deeper and deeper. In every turn there is a reversal of fortunes and the horrendous set of circumstance is what kept me glued to every single page till I reached the conclusion.

“The Fire Witness” has a more violent side than the previous installments. What brings this page-turner to new heights is the mystery behind the issues covered, the minutia of the details, the originality in which it is delivered and not forgetting the intriguing characterization.

Although part of a series “The Fire Witness” can easily be enjoyed on its own.