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This is the third book in the serie Q and unfortunately to say this was for the third time in a row not the most convincing crime novel I've read. There is some improvement in comparison with the previous two, but not much.
What did I like about the book? I liked that the story was more complex in comparison to the first two books; more cases were being investigated and the main case itself was more complex. We also have some insight in the personal lives of some of the characters; I feel this is a plus in the story as it makes the story more vivid. One important point is that Carl is still stuggling with the events from an earlier case when he lost one of his colleagues and another got permanently injured. He was badly injured himself and he still seems to suffer psychologicaly. This case didn't get too much attention yet, but I expect that this will become an important issue in one of the next books as it has been building for three books in a row now. All in all, these points make the book more interesting. One of the strenghts of the series are the main characters; Carl Morck and Assad. I feel they make out an interesting duo. We get some more information unfolded about Carl, but Assad mostly remains a mystery. At a certain point some information is revealed about his past, but also here we still have to wait for big revelations until one of the next books I expect. There's also some 'strange' information regarding Rose/Yrsa that is revealed during this book. It will be interesting to see how that unfolds.
What didn't I like? Although the story was more complex, it also felt a bit stretched at moments and even far fetched at some points. The subject of the main case isn't my favourite either (religion/cults) so this didn't help my enjoyment much. Further, the ending was pretty dissapointing as well. For the second time in a row I felt that Jussi Adler-Olsen rewrote the ending of the first book (as he did in the second as well). Simply put: Carl and Assad go after the perpetrator themselves, they get captured, escape (with Carl and/or Assad injured) and in the end 'capture' the perpetrator(s). It isn't original anymore (I even expected a similar ending) and gets even tiresome. I hope he manages to become at least more creative with his future books (I've given up hope that his writing will improve much).
Conclusion A decent read, but nothing special. Altough their is some 'objective' improvement, I still scored this book lower just because it felt too much like a chore to finish it. I'll still read the next books, but my expectations (that were already low) have plunged even more. I'm glad I can finally continue something else. Rating: 5/10