The Dark Heart by Joakim Palmkvist


The Dark Heart
Title : The Dark Heart
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 293

A chilling true crime story of poisonous family secrets, love gone wrong, and a cold case that refused to stay buried

In late summer of 2012, millionaire landowner G ran Lundblad went missing from his farm in Sweden When a search yielded nothing, and all physical evidence had seemingly disappeared, authorities had little to go on except a disturbing phone call five weeks later from G ran s daughter Maria She was sure that her sister, Sara, was somehow involved At the heart of the alleged crime Sara s greed, her father s land holdings, and his bitter feud with Sara s idler boyfriend

With no body, there was no crime and the case went as cold and dark as the forests of southern Sweden But not for Therese Tang For two years, this case was her obsession.

A hard working ex model, mother of three, and Missing People investigator, Therese was willing to put her own safety at risk in order to uncover the truth What she found was a nest of depraved secrets, lies, and betrayal All she had to do now, in her relentless and dangerous pursuit of justice, was prove that it led to murder.


The Dark Heart Reviews


  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M

    After a quite disappointing experience with an alleged true crime tale several months ago, I nearly passed this one up But my fondness for Nordic Noir in most any form Stieg Larsson opened my eyes and I ve never looked back since persuaded me that this one might be entertaining All that snow, and Swedes doing weird things, with surnames and placenames littered with diacritical marks of all types.There is another review here that recounts virtually every aspect of the plot, to include backsto After a quite disappointing experience with an alleged true crime tale several months ago, I nearly passed this one up But my fondness for Nordic Noir in most any form Stieg Larsson opened my eyes and I ve never looked back since persuaded me that this one might be entertaining All that snow, and Swedes doing weird things, with surnames and placenames littered with diacritical marks of all types.There is another review here that recounts virtually every aspect of the plot, to include backstory, so read that one I don t do plot pr cis.I thought this unraveling of a perplexing missing persons case that devolved into something else entirely was a rather effective blend of a straight up police procedural along the lines of Just the facts, ma am with a looser, fictionalized account Some readers may not like the careful, precise recounting of investigators interviewing Person A on X date, with a brief synopsis of the interview Exciting No But necessary, because this is not a TV drama where all crimes are solved in 60 minutes, less commercial breaks By the same reasoning, some readers might not like the this is one way to look at the situation approach, or the decided personalization of the lead inspectors because, after all, how do we know this or that We don t But as readers, we can surmise with the best of them.The plot that I m not going to recount moves along in fits and starts, hitting roadblocks, going dormant, then ratcheting up and catching us by surprise For folks who like their books to propel them forward, much like being strapped in on the world s scariest rollercoaster and then delivered exhilarated but exhausted on the other side, will lose patience For the persistent, engaged reader who knows going in that this is a real tale set in reality with people not members of SAG, the book delivers the often painstaking, sometimes eye popping, and ultimately frightening steps involved to solve a crime, especially murder, and even importantly, a murder with layers from the past to the present, a collection of characters who truly represent what greed, abuse, twisted love, and other ills too familiar these days can do to people so average looking and behaving that they rarely attract attention, until they do.Another potential pitfall for books written in a foreign language is the translation it can ruin the best book, and render a middling book unreadable I thought this translation was good enough that I didn t stop in the middle of a paragraph, wondering what it was in the original Swedish.I ve said this before about some of the true crime stories I ve read the best ones combine the daily plod of fact finding and fact checking and chasing leads with the excitement of the breakthroughs along the way The Dark Heart does this better than average, I think, with the addition of a couple of very different and interesting inspectors who didn t always follow the rules.However, if you prefer a heavy dose of purple prose and exclamation points and fictional elements, Scott Trurow will accommodate you

  • Dawn

    RivetingA riveting true crime story set in Scandinavia The real life process detectives and community volunteers used to put the pieces together is highlighted, not the gore Well written All questions answered Loose ends tied up All in all, a great read

  • Lynda Kelly

    This was my Kindle First choice for October and I could ve picked 3 this month but since true crime is my real bag I opted for this and I m so pleased I did I really enjoyed it, a fascinating look into how the Swedes investigate a murder or not I was shocked at one case being referred to as a suicide when the victim was located in his car boot I also found it pretty staggering that they appeared to be only capable of investigating one murder case at a time and all others got left by t This was my Kindle First choice for October and I could ve picked 3 this month but since true crime is my real bag I opted for this and I m so pleased I did I really enjoyed it, a fascinating look into how the Swedes investigate a murder or not I was shocked at one case being referred to as a suicide when the victim was located in his car boot I also found it pretty staggering that they appeared to be only capable of investigating one murder case at a time and all others got left by the wayside in the interim They also have some interesting laws regarding how they gain information from witnesses, which I agreed with, actually Too often we hear of cases where so much is inadmissible when it shouldn t be However, my jaw also hit the floor at the sentencing and the REASON it wasn t as stringent as I thought it should be I did smile at the mention of Gothenburg locals Hassan Al Mandlawi and Al Amin Sultan, since they sound as local to Gothenburg as I am Therese is a fascinating lady and thankfully a tenacious one as well I was quite shocked that she seemed concerned about finding Goran than his family appeared to be I liked this phrase. It is only a hole, for now It needs a body to make it a grave I spotted confidants written when it should ve been confidantes but that was the only mistake throughout, which is highly commendable, especially from the translator Agnes Broome I d highly recommend this It s so interesting to learn how other countries investigate and prosecute killers

  • Wanda Hawley

    Hard to FollowI.had a lot of difficulty following the facts and sorting everybody out Almost need to take notes and outline the chapters to keep up with whats happening It could be this is just not the style format I like to read In all fairness this is certainly not the worst book I ve read and you need to try it yourself and not write it off on my word I skipped a lot of it because it was something I just didn t have the patience to continue You know it s one of those you keep reading thi Hard to FollowI.had a lot of difficulty following the facts and sorting everybody out Almost need to take notes and outline the chapters to keep up with whats happening It could be this is just not the style format I like to read In all fairness this is certainly not the worst book I ve read and you need to try it yourself and not write it off on my word I skipped a lot of it because it was something I just didn t have the patience to continue You know it s one of those you keep reading thinking you will get caught up in it any time now For me..no such luck with this one

  • joanne g. moore

    Dark heartThis book was hard to read The author went into too much explanation I didn t need to read 20x the directions to small towns and recounting the same information Normally I have a hard time putting down a good book This book just made me want to finish so I didn t have to read it any Wouldn t suggest it to anyone.

  • Melissa

    An interesting story but scattered There was too much background information on characters that did not seem particularly relevant to the case and I ended up skipping chapters of backstory Certainly an interesting case though.

  • Beverly

    a very drysort of whodunit even tho we KNOW whodunitmaybe an insight into whydunnit.sorry didn t really happen Unless you are a hardcore true crime unkie I would not recommend.

  • christy whiddon

    True crimeWell told story of conspiracy, cover Up and Citizen action helping solve a crime Really enjoyed it, although sorry for the family