Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Geiger by Gustaf Skördeman
ABOUT THE BOOK
The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’.
For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means.
Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple.
Then she squeezes the trigger and disappears – leaving behind her wallet and keys.
The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making . . .
What a belting opening! Dotting Agneta lovingly waved her grandchildren goodbye as they left, after she and her husband of more than 50 years had looked after them while their parents had taken a holiday. It only took a phone call and one word to Agneta, who now lived on a cocktail of medication to keep going, to set her on the mission she had waited for all her life. Agneta was not who her family thought she was, Agneta wasn’t Agneta at all. All these years, Agneta had waited for that phone call, and now in her old age, it had come. She calmly put the phone down, took a gun from a hidden place and shot her 85-year-old husband dead.
From the first pages of the story, I was fascinated with Agneta, who was someone that people wouldn’t give a second glance to. I physically cringed to think about what she would have been capable of forty years earlier, she was deadly now, but it was like her mind had a determination that wouldn’t be let down, because of her ageing body. She had people to hunt down to complete her mission and purpose in life. I became engrossed in the storyline as the investigation and Agneta’s mission in the present day and her past progressed through the book. I loved the confusion that she was leaving behind and how inventive she became.
A lot of the story from the early days is seen through the eyes of Agneta’s children, and the cleaner’s daughter. I enjoyed this part of the story very much as they didn’t as children, sometimes understand what was happening around them, until they looked back, and the grey areas make more sense. There are so many layers that begin to link together. It has been a story that made me just read one more chapter and another, always giving more of the past and the aims for the future.
Brilliant reading. I wish to thank The publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gustaf Skördeman was born in 1965 in Sweden and is a screenwriter, director and producer. Geiger, his thriller debut, is published in 24 countries, and film rights have been optioned by Monumental Pictures.