Review: The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund


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Transworld Digital, 2013. Kindle edition. 633 KB. Originally published in Sweden in 2008 as En plats i solen. Translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith, 2013. Epub ISBN:  9781409043461. ASIN: B00CU8QBE4. 448 pages

Shortly after Annika Bengtzon has rejected the offer to become the leading editor at The Evening Post, an entire family is found dead after having been gassed in connection with a break-in at his home in Las Estrellas de Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Former NHL player Sebastian Söderström, his wife, his two kids, his mother-in-law and even his dog, were all killed the previous night. Annika, who now reports to Patrik as his immediate superior, flies to Malaga to confirm the victims’ identity and, while there, write a series of articles on drugs and money-laundering. But when she arrives to Spain, Annika discovers that a third person is unaccounted for, a teenage daughter. And Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl.

The Long Shadow is the eighth instalment in Liza Marklund’s crime series featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon. It is a direct sequel to Lifetime (my review is HERE), which is, in turn, a direct sequel to Last Will (my review is HERE). Together they make up a trilogy with recurring characters, themes and plots linked to each other (from Wikipedia). It’s highly recommend to read these three books in chronological order, to avoid spoilers. 

I’d be lying if I said I’ve always enjoyed the Annika Bengtzon’s book series, my review of Red Wolf is HERE, but as of Last Will, and Lifetime, I have begun to appreciate this series much more and, in this sense, The Long Shadow is no exception despite all its flaws. To begin with Annika Bengtzon is a character that seems real, of flesh and blood, and this, to a large extent, is one of the main attractions of this series. I have particularly enjoyed all the chapters whose action takes place in Spain. Only I have found that, for my taste, the final outcome of the story is somewhat forced, but I have certainly enjoyed the ride. And I’m certainly looking forward to the next instalment.

My rating: 4/5.

The Long Shadow has been reviewed at FictionFan’s Book Reviews,

Liza Marklund Website in English

A Place in the Sun (The Long Shadow) at Salomonsson Agency  

The Random House Group

Listen to The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund by Random House Audiobooks

La larga sombra (aka Un lugar en el sol) de Liza Marklund

Poco después de que Annika Bengtzon ha rechazado la oferta de convertirse en el principal editor de The Evening Post, una familia entera aparece muerta tras haber sido gaseada en relación con un robo con escalamiento en su casa de Las Estrellas de Marbella en la Costa del Sol. El ex jugador profesional de hockey sobre hielo Sebastian Söderström, su esposa, sus dos hijos, su suegra y hasta su perro, fueron asesinados la noche anterior. Annika que tiene que reportar ahora a Patrik como su superior inmediato, vuela a Málaga para confirmar la identidad de las víctimas y, miestras está allí, escribir una serie de artículos sobre drogas y blanqueo de capitales. Pero cuando llega a España, Annika descubre que hay una tercera persona en paradero desconocido, una hija adolescente. Y Annika convierte en su misión el encontrar a la niña desaparecida.

La larga sombra (Un lugar en el sol) es la octava entrega de la serie de Liza Marklund protagonizada por la periodista especializada en temas delictivos Annika Bengtzon. Se trata de una continuación de Lifetime (mi reseña está AQUÍ), que es, a su vez, la continuación de Last Will (mi reseña está AQUÍ). Juntas forman una trilogía con personajes recurrentes, temas y argumentos vinculados entre sí (de Wikipedia). Es muy aconsejable leer estos tres libros por orden cronológico, para evitar spoilers.

Estaría mintiendo si dijera que siempre he disfrutado de la serie de libros de Annika Bengtzon, mi reseña de Red Wolf está AQUÍ, pero a partir de Last Will y Lifetime he empezado a apreciar mucho más esta serie y, en este sentido, La larga sombra no es una excepción a pesar de todos sus defectos. Para empezar Annika Bengtzon es un personaje que parece real, de carne y hueso, y esto, en gran medida, es uno de los principales atractivos de esta serie. He disfrutado especialmente todos los capítulos cuya acción se desarrolla en España. Sólo he encontrado que, para mi gusto, el desenlace final de la historia resulta un poco forzado, pero sin duda he disfrutado del viaje. Y, ciertamente, estoy deseando que se publique la próxima entrega.

Mi valoración: 4/5.

7 thoughts on “Review: The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund

  1. José Ignacio – Glad to hear you enjoyed this instalment. I must admit I’m biased about this series. I like it very much, so I’m probably more likely to forgive things that I might not in other series. That said though, it’s nice that this one is up to Marklund’s high standards.

  2. Thanks for the link🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed this – probably more than I did. But that’s because you were sensible enough to read them in the right order!

    • You are welcome FictionFan. I was just lucky to have read them in the right order since I’m don’t usually do it. Have still to read her first books in the series.

  3. Thanks Jose! I seem to have read these out of order- so often the case with the disparity of UK publishing schedules for crime fiction in translation- but the strength of this series overall makes up for this. I have this one in my TBR pile along with Lifetime so must get to them soon!

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