On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on Knock Knock, the gripping new crime novel by Anders Roslund.
Set over three explosive days, this is compulsive, heart-pounding storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
He thought she was safe. Then the past came knocking.
Seventeen years ago, Inspector Ewert Grens was called to the scene of a brutal crime. A family had been murdered, with only their five-year-old daughter left behind. The girl was moved out and placed under witness protection, but while the case went cold, Grens is still haunted by the memory. When he learns that the apartment where the crime took place is now the scene of a mysterious break-in, Grens fears that someone is intent on silencing the only witness. He must race to find her…before they do.
Knock Knock is a tense, high octane thriller by Anders Roslund. Although this is the ninth book in the series, I thought it did work well as a standalone, as it’s the first book I’ve read by the author. I thought the lead character, Ewert Grens was fascinating. I think I have missed out on some character development, having not read the earlier books in the series, but I still managed to enjoy the story. It has made me want to go back and read the earlier books as I’m now keen to find out more about Ewert and his past. I can definitely see this book translating well to the big screen.
This is an action packed book, and Anders Roslund gets the tension going right from the opening pages. Ewert is shocked and dismayed when he discovers important documents have disappeared from police headquarters relating to a devastating case. A family were murdered seventeen years earlier, and a five-year-old girl was the only survivor. Now with documents relating to her case missing, Ewert fears that someone is after her, and he is determined to protect her. But whoever took the documents, are they linked to the same people who murdered her family nearly twenty years ago?
There are some chilling scenes in this book; particularly the chapters told from the child’s point of view as she comes to terms with what has happened to her family. You can see how concerned Ewert is for her, and this heightens the tension as he races to find her first before the wrong people do. It is very clear what their intentions are, and this is what makes the book so gripping. I had no idea what was going to happen and if Ewert would succeed in tracking her down. I wanted to find out more about what had happened to the young girl since that fateful day seventeen years earlier. Anders Roslund wraps everything up in a very tense finale, and it is a real race against time for Ewert.
I thought the writing was very addictive, and I flew through this book. If you enjoy crime novels with lots of action and intense scenes, then you need to add this book to your list. It’s a great novel which you can lose an afternoon to. I’m looking forward now to catching up on the books in the series I’ve missed.
Publisher: Harvill Seeker
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Print length: 448 pages
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