Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Genre: Thriller, Department Q Series #6
Personal Rating: 3/5 (just okay)
Yearly Count: 41
In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later, he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant Rose more furious than usual. Carl has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious seventeen-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a strange sun worshipping cult, where Carl, Assad, Rose, and newcomer Gordon attempt to stop a string of new murders and a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything—or anyone—get in the way.
I thoroughly enjoy the characters Carl, Assad and Rose and felt happy being back in their presence. Unfortunately, this case ended up being my least favorite in the Department Q series (#5 being the next), and I'm concerned that I may have had enough of the camel jokes/references. Also, there were so many side storylines that I just didn't enjoy the book as a whole like I have in the past. This was certainly not a bad read by any means, but again . . . I was disappointed.
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My thanks go to Penguin Group and NetGalley for providing me with the eGalley.