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#06: Mord for øje (Karin Slaughter)

Mord for øje
Mord for øje

Tror faktisk, jeg har læst denne før, men jeg havde glemt, hvem morderen var, og blev ganske revet med alligevel :o)

Omtale fra Mofibo.com:
Mordet på en ung, kvindelig universitetsprofessor lammer lokalsamfundet i Grant County. Det er retsmediciner Sara Linton, som finder liget på et toilet på den lokale café. Inden kvinden blev myrdet, er hun blevet brutalt voldtaget og lemlæstet. Sara Linton har aldrig set noget værre, men hendes chok bliver ikke mindre, da hun genkender kvinden som Sibyl Adams; tvillingesøster til hendes eksmands mest betroede medarbejder.

Saras eksmand er Jeffrey Tolliver, byens politimester. Eftersom Sara er byens retsmediciner, tvinges hun til at samarbejde med ham, selvom hun helst vil glemme alt om hans eksistens.

Da en anden ung kvinde kort efter forsvinder sporløst, står det klart, at der er en serieforbryder på spil. En hæsblæsende jagt indledes, en jagt på en morder, der efterlader lig så ubehageligt tæt på Sara, at det dårligt kan være et tilfælde. Og det er måske heller ikke tilfældigt, at Sara gennem lang tid har modtaget et anonymt postkort med religiøse citateter en gang om året.

#03: Kemikeren (Stephenie Meyer)

Kemikeren
Kemikeren

Kort om bogen fra bog-ide.dk:
KEMIKEREN er en medrivende spændingsroman om en eksagent, der er på flugt fra sine tidligere arbejdsgivere, da hun bliver nødsaget til at tage en sidste sag for at rense sit navn og redde sit liv. Hun arbejdede engang for den amerikanske regering, men det er der kun meget få mennesker, der ved. Hun er ekspert inden for sit område og er en af de mørkeste hemmeligheder i et agentur så hemmeligt, at det ikke engang har et navn. Og da de besluttede sig for, at hun var en belastning, kom de efter hende uden advarsel. Nu bliver hun sjældent det samme sted eller bruger det samme navn i særlig lang tid af gangen. De har slået den eneste person, hun kunne stole på ihjel, og hendes viden udgør en trussel. De vil have hende af vejen, jo før jo bedre. Da hendes tidligere kollega tilbyder hende en vej ud, indser hun, at det er hendes eneste chance for at slippe af med den målskive, hun har på ryggen. Men det betyder, at hun skal udføre et sidste job for sin tidligere arbejdsgiver. Det viser sig, at den nye information, hun tilegner sig, kun gør hendes egen situation mere farlig. Nødsaget til at stå ansigt til ansigt med truslen, forbereder hun sit livs hårdeste kamp, men pludselig falder hun for en mand, som komplicerer muligheden for, at hun vil overleve. I takt med hun ser sine muligheder gradvist forsvinde, må hun anvende sit unikke talent på måder, hun aldrig har drømt om.

#29: After You (Jojo Moyes)

 

After You
After You

Efterfølgeren til You Before Me (som jeg var i biografen for at se for ikke så længe siden – tudede som havde biografen betalt mig i stedet for det omvendte, snøft!). Meget sød, ligesom den første bog :o) I øvrigt oplæst af en super god stemme, synes jeg – dejligt!

Kort omtale af bogen fra mofibo.com (hvor jeg har hørt den):
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of After You by the Jojo Moyes, the stunning sequel to the worldwide phenomenon Me Before You. Read by Anna Acton. Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

#27: End of Watch (Stephen King)

End of Watch
End of Watch

Sidste og lidt “fantastiske” bog i serien om Bill Hodges og hans to sidekicks – og ikke mindst den uhyggelige Mr. Mercedes. Ikke helt så god som de andre IMHO, men stadig spændende og – på ægte Stephen Kingsk maner – ganske væmmelig med alle de tanker, den sætter i gang :oO

Kort om bogen fra forlagets hjemmeside:
The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

#25: Finder’s Keepers (Stephen King)

Finders Keepers
Finders Keepers

Rigtig god opfølgning på Mr. Mercedes! Kan rigtig godt lide de tre hovedpersoner, så selvom der gik noget i stil med halvdelen af bogen, inden de kom på banen for alvor, var det egentlig helt OK :o)

Kort om bogen fra forlagets hjemmeside:
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

#23: Mr. Mercedes (Stephen King)

Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes

Væmmelig (og spændende) jagt på en syg gut, der ved at køre en stor Mercedes ind i en menneskemængde, dræber og sårer flere – men det er ikke nok…

Kort om bogen fra forlagets hjemmeside:
New York Times bestseller! In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. “Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses” (The Washington Post).

The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and plows through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes’s wheels…

Brady Hartsfield wants that rush again, but this time he’s going big, with an attack that would take down thousands—unless Hodges and two new unusual allies he picks up along the way can throw a wrench in Hartsfield’s diabolical plans. Stephen King takes off on a “nerve-shredding, pulse-pounding race against time” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) with this acclaimed #1 bestselling thriller.

#16: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J. K. Rowling)

arry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Sidste, og meget dystre (og triste) bind i serien om Harry Potter. Er egentlig ret overrasket over, at det er en børnebog! Den er jo mega uhyggelig :oO

“Kort” om bogen (fra amazon.com):
Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues.

The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience.