Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: The Other Son

The Other Son
Alexander Söderberg

A thrilling, fast paced story that you won't be able to put down.

When several international criminal gangs vie for each others' territory and businesses things are bound to get messy. Innocent and not so innocent people get caught up in the action. Sophie Brinkmann is not exception. She's been the nurse of Hector Guzman and later ended up in a relationship with him, until he's almost killed. By then its too late for her to escape the organization and she's forced to take on a bigger role in the "family business". She knows to much to be allowed to walk out. With two other rival organizations out to take over the Guzman's interests, she is needed more than ever by Hector's confidants who are trying desperately to keep things together. Everyone wants something from Sophie. Is she in over her head? Only time will tell whether she will find a way out.

What unfolds in The Other Son, is a fascinating tale of intrigue,betrayal and action across numerous countries in an atmosphere of treachery that sucks in everyone, good or bad, in its path. Söderberg is clearly an author to watch. Readers of the late Henning Mankell and Stieg Larrson will not want to miss this book. It's well written, well organized into fairly short chapters that take the reader into every corner of the various criminal gangs and into the police which is supposed to contain criminal elements. Sometimes its hard to tell the two apart.

While this is part of a trilogy which began with The Andalusian Friend, it can be read as a stand alone. However, now that I've read this one I definitely want to go back to the first book, which I missed. And, of course I'll be waiting for the next installment. If this one was anything to go by, I can't wait to read it.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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