This novel is the third of what the author conceived as four books based on the seasons of the year. Summer and Winter comprised the first two in the series, and now we have Spring. The novels feature Malin Fors, an insecure but talented detective, who struggles with her past, mixed-up relationships with her ex-, her lovers, parents, and especially her 16-year-old daughter. On one level, the novels are basically a police procedural. But the books are a lot heavier than that, filled with deep insights into Malin’s personality and psyche, her alcoholism and drive.
An explosion in the main square in front of a bank injures scores of persons, killing six-year-old twins and fatally injuring their mother. Who was responsible? The police begin investigating, without a single clue. Was it Muslim terrorists? Or protests against bankers and the financial system which led to an economic downturn? Or some other wild scheme? Than Malin intuitively comes up with another angle and she and her partner, Zeke, go off on their own. Meanwhile Malin continues to confront her own personal demons: her deep desire for a drink, her failed relationship with her parents, her need for a love of her own, and especially, her rapport with her daughter.
The same criticism made by this reviewed on the previous novels applies to Spring: It is too long and heavily written, although it is well-written. The author can certainly write (and write and write). Despite this observation, the book is recommended, and we look forward to Autumn....Continua