Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head.
After the second book, I feel in love with this series. It’s my first Swedish set crime series and I’ve been loving it. So I fully expected to love this 4th book in the series, however I did not. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Why? It was just too slow in the beginning. Not just a chapter or two, but at least 100-150pages. From there it started picking up and I really enjoy it from there. But the beginning just let it down, resulting in 1.5 stars for me. However, after I got over that disappointment, I started really enjoying the book. I loved the twist, didn’t see that coming. I found Jurek an interesting character, however, given his age I wonder the likelihood of the events her was responsible without knowing his health history and current health. I also really liked Saga’s character, and enjoyed getting to know her more in the story. Once the slowness picked up, the flow of info, character development, and story made for an awesome read and once again I very much look forward to book 5 in this ‘killer’ series!
I rated The Sandman: 3.75/5 stars