Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Review: Closed Circles (Sandhamn Murders #2)

Viveca Sten
Started reading: January 12th 2021
Finished the book: January 27th 2021
Pages: 464
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery
Published: March 29th 2016
Source: Borrowed the book
Goodreads score: 3.94
My score:
It’s a beautiful day for a regatta—until one of Sandhamn Island’s most prestigious residents is killed aboard his sailing yacht.

Oscar Juliander was a rich lawyer and deputy chairman of the prestigious Royal Swedish Yacht Club. While at first his death seems like a tragic accident, there is evidence of foul play. Police detective Thomas Andreasson teams up with local lawyer Nora Linde to investigate. As they work to uncover clues, they face resistance from an elite world where nothing but appearance matters.

When the rich and powerful inhabitants of Sweden’s idyllic island getaway come under scrutiny, Thomas and Nora must work closely and secretively to seek justice.

My thoughts
This series was recommended by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. They both had the books and I borrowed them. After the first book, I really was curious about the rest of the series and I enjoyed this second book a lot! I definitely plan on reading the other books in this series.

  • Setting: I LOVE this setting! I can't travel right now, but reading this book feels like I'm right there in Sweden. I'm a real water person and this series takes place around the beach, around the sea and I just love that so much. That was definitely one of the things that I enjoyed a lot while reading the first book, and I was glad to see that the setting was the same in the second book.
  • Continuation: I'm always a sucker for a good series that continues with the cast and story. A lot of series are written that way, and it feels good to be sort of "rewarded" for reading the other books in the series. You feel like you know these characters and you've invested your time into reading about their lives. It's feels really rewarding to be on some sort of journey. I was glad that the story continued with the same cast, because there were definitely some characters that I really liked!
  • Mysterious but different: It's again a mystery book, but the case is SO different! The setting and characters were mostly the same, but the case was a totally different one. It was still a mystery/crime book, in the same genre, with the same cast, but the book felt very different. It was definitely encouraging to see that, it made me curious about the books to come.

  • Guessed it: I don't think I guessed "who did it" in the first book, but I did in this book. It just was, maybe, a bit too obvious? So that definitely took away a star from the rating, because it was not that big of a surprise for me.
For people who love mystery/crime books, this is definitely a lovely series to read. The characters are enjoyable, the cases are fun to read. The book is easy to get through and the setting is, in my opinion, beautiful! Around the coast somewhere in Sweden, lovely! I will definitely continue reading this series by Viveca Sten.

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