I am a big fan of Jonas Jonasson since his very first book 100-year-old-man had published. I happened to be having a depression attack when I read it, but it managed to make me smile and flip through the whole book even though I wasn't able to concentrate most of the time. So as the Girl Saving Kind of Sweden, which I literally couldn't put it down for a second (yea I brought it with me to the toilet). There is not doubt that therefore I have high hopes for this book too.
But sorry, it doesn't work well this time.
Jonasson's usual dry and witty humour is still here. His use of dark-humour is still what drives me continue reading. Somehow it lacks the engaging plot and fascinating characters when compared to the previous two. For me, it's not page-turning at all.
I had a hard time reading through part 1 - the idea of a killing business is fine, so perhaps the problem lies in the characters, especially the priest. Not that I'm a Christian or anything. The priest is simply not attractive enough as a protagonist. Not to mention the receptionist whose existence is barely noticed.
Things seemed to get a bit better in part 2 where they're starting up a church (judging by my page-turning speed), but it gradually lost its momentum from second half of it and continued to drop in part 3, and was only improved at the very end about the former pastor turning into Santa. That's TOO LATE. Most of readers don't have the patience to wait for this turn and would stop reading at the beginning.
Sorry, I simply cannot give it a 3-star pass. I expect more from you, dear Jonasson....Continua