Exposed – Book Review

Trainee journalist Annika Bengtzon has gained a summer placement on Sweden’s biggest tabloid newspaper.  Desperate to prove her worth, she follows up a tip from a call line about the discovery of a young woman’s body in a cemetery.  The result is more than she could ever have expected. 

Soon it is clear that there is far more at stake than her career – a government minister is involved and nothing is quite as it seems.  Worse still, the more questions that Annika asks, the more she leaves herself exposed both to the machinations of others, and the murderer. The end comes as a surprise – with an intriguing twist to the story.

Lisa Marklund is a well known Nordic writer and this book marks a well come revival of her work in the UK.  She is a good crime writer, able to create atmosphere, tension and a complex plot line.  Her characters are real people, facing real problems and you can sympathize with them. The pace is fast and you just have to keep on reading to find out what happens next.