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The Darkest Day

Narrated by: Martin Wenner
Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
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The Darkest Day is the first audiobook in the five-part Inspector Barbarotti series from renowned Swedish crime author Håkan Nesser.

It's December in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate father Karl-Erik and eldest daughter Ebba's joint landmark birthdays. But beneath the guise of happy festivities, tensions are running high, and it's not long before the night takes a dark and unexpected turn....

Before the weekend is over, two members of the Hermansson family are missing, and it's up to Inspector Barbarotti - a detective who spends as much of his time debating the existence of God as he does solving cases - to determine exactly what has happened. And he soon discovers he'll have to unravel a whole tangle of sinister family secrets in the process....

©2017 Håkan Nesser (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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A good read, Narrator very good. Will look for mor

A good read, will look for more by the same author. very good narration as well

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Detective novel?

More a story of the self destruction of a dysfunctional family and their mental health than a ‘detective’ novel. Very little mystery and the police inspector is largely a peripheral character with very little bearing on the happenings or eventual outcome...

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  • 13-02-20

Slow to start! Became a compelling listen

The annoying thing about this book was the emphasis on peoples names in the early part of the book. Drove me to consider returning it. However the story and reading improved as time went on. I put it down to the writer loving the resonnance of people's names! So perservered. The end was unexpected — Christina was a beaten wife, her subservience to her controlling husband and her repression of her actions was well written.

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masterful

slow burner but riveting by the end.
quite funny in parts,
I would definitely recommend.

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Gripping

A very well crafted story - a thriller, detective story and exploration of very real characters and motivations. Brilliant

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stick with it - it's good!

Unusual format of structuring a story, but an interesting one. Bit of a slow start, but if you stick with it a whole interesting story unfolds. Fabulous narrated! highly recommend