Room No. 10 by Åke Edwardson

Ake Edwardson joins Stieg Larsson and other crime fiction writers from Sweden who are gaining in popularity at the moment.

Room No 10 is the story of what happens when Chief Inspector Erik Winter was called to Room No 10 in a decrepit Gothenburg hotel where a young woman has apparently hanged herself, he realized that he had been there before. In the first case he worked on as a young police officer, it was from the same room some twenty years previously that a woman had disappeared and was never found.

Winter suspects a connection between the two cases and for much of the novel he worries at the problem, almost compulsively revisiting details of the earlier case. Ake Edwardson has created a slow moving novel and the plot is sometimes confusing as time switches from between the earlier and later cases — particularly where the cast of characters overlaps.

Winter, himself, is the strongest character in Room No.10 and is sympathetic and thoughtful but the plot unfolds slowly and some of the other characters, particularly the female characters, are less well drawn.

There are twists and turns as Winter and his colleagues work to uncover what has taken place. The pace quickens dramatically as Room No 10 draws to a close knitting together most loose ends.

Room No 10 was originally published in Sweden in 2005 and is part of the Inspector Eric Winter series of detective fiction by Åke Edwardson.

Room No. 10 by Åke Edwardson is published by Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781451608526; eBook 9781451608557. An Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) was provided via Netgalley for the purpose of this review.

The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Rarely do you pick up a book as long as The Girl who Played with Fire and read cover to cover without once being bored.  This is a good page turner that anyone who likes a good crime thriller will enjoy.

If you haven’t already read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first novel in this Millennium trilogy by Larsoon, then I strongly recommend that you read it first because it provides necessary background for The Girl who Played with Fire.

The earlier book is a slower start but once the plot gets up and running it is hard to put down. I thought the denouement was a little disappointing in the first book but the second part of the trilogy is  much better.

Character-driven more than plot-driven, it captures your attention from the very first page and the pace never lets up. The plot is complex – in fact there are several plots running simultaneously – and we get to know a log more about Lisbeth Salander. It’s an exciting read that you won’t want to put down. I can’t wait to read the final part.

If you like The Girl who Played with Fire you might also like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also, have a look at Chain of Events by Fredrik T Olsson and check out the Nordic Noir category on this website.