Nadie lo ha visto de Mari Jungstedt


This post is bilingual; you may scroll down for the English-language version.

Traducción de Gemma Pecharromán Miguel (2009). Título original: Den du inte ser (2003). Maeva Embolsillo, 2010. 288 p. ISBN: 978-84-15140-14-6.

Cuando la temporada turística en la idílica isla de Gotland está a punto de comenzar y todo el mundo se prepara para celebrar la fiesta nacional sueca y la noche de San Juan, una mujer joven y su perro aparecen brutalmente asesinados. El perro ha sido decapitado y le falta una pata. La mujer está desnuda y tiene las bragas en la boca. A primera vista parece un crimen cometido por un novio celoso. Pocos días después aparece una segunda víctima. Un asesino en serie anda suelto aterrorizando por igual a locales y forasteros. El inspector Anders Knautas tiene que hacer frente a presiones de los medios y de los políticos locales más preocupados por el impacto en la economía de la isla. Anders Knautas contará con la colaboración de Johan Berg, un joven periodista de Estocolmo, desplazado para cubrir la noticia.

Los acontecimientos en Nadie lo ha visto están narrados por una tercera persona siguiendo el punto de vista de diferentes personajes. Una técnica ampliamente utilizada que resulta muy eficiente en este thriller con apariencia de procedimiento policial. Tiene también una historia de amor incluida en la trama que aunque  algo repetitiva en un primer momento, mejora a medida que se desarrolla la historia. El resultado final es bastante satisfactorio. Esta es la primera novela de una serie que, según me han dicho, mejora con cada nueva entrega. Los personajes son interesantes y están bien dibujados. Sin ser una gran novela he disfrutado con ella y me resultó de fácil lectura. Espero y deseo leer el resto de la serie.

Mari Jungstedt es una periodista sueca y una escritora de éxito. Su serie de novela negra, situada en la isla de Gotland y protagonizada por el inspector Anders Knutas y el periodista Johan Berg, se ha convertido en un best-seller. Y cuenta con ocho títulos publicados hasta la fecha en Suecia.

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Unseen by Mari Jungstedt

At the beginning of the tourist season in the idyllic island of Gotland, when everybody is getting ready for the Swedish national holiday and Midsummer Night, a young woman and her dog are found brutally murdered. The dog has been beheaded and is missing a paw. The woman is naked and her panties have been stuffed in her mouth. It looks like a crime committed by the victim’s jealous boyfriend. Then a second victim is found; a serial killer is on the loose terrorizing locals and tourist alike. Inspector Anders Knautas has to face additional pressure from the media and from local politicians mainly concerned for the impact on the economy of the island. In his search Anders Knautas will find the cooperation of Johan Berg, a young journalist from Stockholm who has been sent to cover the case.

The events in Unseen are narrated by a third person following the viewpoint of different characters. A widely used technique that is very efficient in this thriller with the appearance of a police procedure. There is also a love story included in the plot. Somewhat repetitive at first, it gets better as the story unfolds. The end result is quite satisfactory. This is the first novel in a series that, as I have heard, improves with each new release. The characters are interesting and well drawn. Although not a great novel I’ve enjoyed it and found it easy to read. I look forward to read the other books in the series

Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and a very successful writer. Her crime fiction series, set on the island of Gotland featuring inspector Anders Knutas and journalist Johan Berg, has become a best-seller. There are eight titles in the series so far published in Sweden.

Unseen has been reviewed by Dorte at DJ’s krimiblog, Maxine at Euro Crime, Norman at Crime Scraps, Kerrie at Mysteries is Paradise, amongst others.

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I’ll count this book as number 6 for the 2011 Nordic Challenge hosted by Zee at Welcome to Notes from the North.

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12 thoughts on “Nadie lo ha visto de Mari Jungstedt

  1. >José Ignacio – Thank you for such a fine review. I've read many books like that, too, that get better as they go along and that unfold, rather than start brilliantly. I am glad you enjoyed this one.

  2. >Nice review, Jose Ignacio, and I am glad you liked this one. I think the second book is good, and the fourth (the Killer's Art, which has a rather good historical back-story about the history of a painting) but I did not like the third. (If you get that far!)

  3. >Well, it was this one *I* didn´t like 😀 I grew a bit impatient after a hundred pages when nothing much had happened so in my opinion her later books have been better. Jungstedt is okay, and I like the setting, but these are not books I rush out to buy.

  4. >I haven't posted my review of this one yet, but I really had mixed feelings about it and am glad to see Maxine and Dorte's comments, too. In fact, I might just skip writing up the review!

  5. >I didn't really like "Unseen" much. It had a great idea ( dealing with murder in a relatively closed community ) but for me the writing ( and/or possibly translation ) was poor and the plot very transparent. I was shouting at the police in the final third of the book to wake up, as the answer was obvious. The journalist was not a great character and I found the love story rather unreal as well.I felt that the final part was taken at too fast a pace ( perhaps it was written that way) and didn't enhance the plot.I haven't even looked at other books she wrote, as although this was pleasant enough, there are far better Scandinavian writers out there to enjoy.Good blog, by the way, a lot of interesting content.

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