In the middle of a 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 at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-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 hidden cult, where Carl and his assistants must stop a string of new murders by a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything - or anyone - get in the way.
©2016 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Audio
I love the department Q books but for me, this book was seriously let down by the choice of narrator. Don't know why Jussi has gone with a different narrator from the previous books but not a good choice. I won't be listening to any future department Q books if Graeme Malcolm is going to be the narrator. Bring back Steven Pacey.
The book is very good, I love the 3 main characters.
Too hard to listen, too monotone for me and the difference between the characters so slight I didn't know who was saying what at times Didn't have the same pleasure of listening to the story as I had with the others, and never laughed aloud like before. But as the book is good and I love the previous books I endured.
Please choose better narrator next time.
I have absolutely loved every Dept Q book, the characters were brought alive by Steven Pacey and I was genuinely so excited to see another in the series. I was a little perturbed that the narrator was different but with open mind gave it a go...
Why..... Just why did anyone listen to this guy and think Ahhh he'll follow nicely in Steven Paceys footsteps?????
Im struggling to get past chapter 7 - there's no life to the narration, an awful sing song voice with inflections at the end of words and sentences that shouldn't be there... No distinct characters, Karl and Rose just blend into the background and my favourite Assad has no enthusiasm no wit no comedy value anymore...
Ruined absolutely ruined by the narrator (who sounds better suited to children's books) GUTTED!!!
I just couldn't listen to this narrator. So I didn't listen beyond chapter 6. Such a shame as I was so excited to listen to the next Dept Q book 😕
No but dept Q will not be the same unless Steven Pacey returns
I returned this title purely due to the narrator. I found the change of narrator distracting and found the story extremely difficult to follow. I normally persevere with a book but not in this case. I wish I'd read the previous reviews before buying.
A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.
As a long-standing fan of Olsen’s excellent Department Q series I was delighted to find another one had been released on Audible. While this one is still very good quality crime fiction there have been some changes of direction which have changed the experience significantly from the earlier books. Previously Olsen did a fabulous job of mixing the back stories of his characters with a gripping crime story leading to a delicious mix of dark humour and tension-building drama. In this volume Olsen has almost pruned much of the wider character interaction out and trimmed the cast with previously significant characters like his gay lodgers almost removed from the stories. While there are still plenty of Assadisms the characters seem much steadier, less stressed and in turn, sorry to say it just a touch duller.
With this story Olsen has taken just a touch more of the Dan Brown style as the investigators get involved with a Sun God Cult. The story itself has a lot of depth, some intriguing developments and an excellent twist at the end which is tied into a very dramatic and indeed satisfying conclusion. That said, I don’t think it builds the tension in the same way as most of the previous stories. It does deliver as a crime story should, just in a more steady fashion.
Finally though, the change in narrator. It may be that with his change of character and story direction Olsen or his publishers felt a new narrator was in order. To me this just magnified what was missing. Pacey and Department Q were an excellent combination, he was able to deliver the stress, tension, chaos and humour of the earlier books with aplomb and genuinely added to the production mix. Graeme Malcolm operates at pretty much one pace and one tone. I can imagine him doing some books quite well but following on from Pacey his style jars and his delivery drags the whole experience down.
In all this is a quality piece of crime fiction with enough clever nuances, twists and turns to make it a worthwhile purchase. It also gives us a character cliffhanger to entice us into the next book of the series. However, in comparison with previous books in the series it falls down in ways that are significant and simply doesn’t fully deliver what we’ve come to expect from Department Q. For me personally this instalment has moved the series from “Must Buy” to “Worth considering”, especially if they persevere with the same narrator.
Yes, I would but would suggest they left time between listening to this and the previous book due to the different narrator which gave a completely different slant the the characters and the book
I like all the characters felt like I knew them having listened to all the Department Q books fairly recently, just found the different narrator made me see the characters very differently. Assad in particular I just couldn't gel with in this book but had loved him in previous books
Yes I would was a good narrator
Not planning on listening to others in this series unless Steven Pacey is back narrating
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and just occasionally you find the perfect combination of storyteller and narrator. Jussi Adler-Olsen and Steven Pacey was one such pairing. All the books up to The Hanging Girl have been compelling and hard to put down. Pacey's performances perfectly captured Carl Merck's world weariness and Assad's boyish enthusiasm ... and mysterious past. His accents, tone and pace have always worked so well.
So WHY has such a perfect partnership been broken up in this book? Graeme Malcolm is probably a good narrator for other stories, but he does not come close to Steven Pacey for this novel. For the first time I became indifferent about finishing the book. Assad's character became flat and ordinary. Carl Merck was inconsistent and Rose was a just rude and dull.
Please bring Pacey back!!!
Normally love Department Q. Bought it without checking the narrator. Did not recognize any of the characters I have grown to love.
The story was Ok it was changing the narrator that ruined the story.
Liked least: The narrator
Story isn't as good and I kept losing track of where I was due to the narrators voice. It doesn't keep you gripped like previous books in the Department Q series.
Wasn't Steven Pacey - who was brilliant at the voices and the general story telling.
No I couldn't. I could imagine other books by Jussi Adler-Olsen working as movie.
The characters within department Q
He got the characters a little better by the second part
Stephen Pacey really nailed the characters and their voices and gave them such a good sense of humour in previous books, which was lost on the new narrator. Story was good but the ending hurried slightly exaggerated to make it work. Nonetheless I really enjoy the book I love the team their antics and the extended friends/family their stories jolly clever writing
"What's the big deal"
I don't understand this fuss about the change in narrator. I'm a big fan of the series (i purchased every title so far) and thought that Graeme Malcolm did a good job. Admittedly I was a little hesitant as i enjoyed Steven Pacey so much, but the story was so good that I didn't miss him after the first chapter. I really don't care who the narrator is there is no way I'd miss a single installment of this fantastic series!
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