Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review: The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg

On the jacket:

Hector: Lover. Killer. Crime lord.

Lars: Stalker. Policeman. Addict

Jen: Ex lover. Arms dealer. Hero?

Sophie: Nurse. Mother. Victim?

Living a quiet life in the suburbs, Sophie Brinkmann is captivated by the handsome and sophisticated Hector Guzman. She has no idea that beneath Hector's charm lies something far more dangerous. Hector is the head of an international crime syndicate. He is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants now is the total annihilation of his rivals.

Before she can fully grasp the extent of Hector's world, Sophie is trapped within it. Her house is under surveillance, her family is at risk. Hector is at war - with Russian hit men, South American drug traffickers, German gangsters - and now Sophie is too.

But who can she trust when even the people who have sworn to uphold the law are as dangerous as those dedicated to breaking it? If Sophie is to get out alive, and with her integrity intact, she will have to summon everything within her to navigate this intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession and ruthless killers.


A story about Sophie, a nurse who falls in love with a patient Hector. At this point, she is told by the police that Hector is a criminal. Hereafter begins a spine-chilling tale where Sophie gets trapped in a world she is clueless about, needs to betray the main she is in love with, unsure if he is really a criminal of innocent and her own teenage son getting dragged in all this with her. 

This book started off on a very exciting note, I felt like I am reading the script of a tele-series. A gripping thriller, yet at times, one would wonder why it is dragging. The way the story begins at the story, the author had my attention and I wanted to speed through the pages to know what happens next. 

This was my first book by a Scandinavian author. I personally love thrillers and  The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg is definitely a good, gripping read. It's the kind of book which you will either love, and flip pages quickly to know what happens next, or, you will be bored by it's length and give up. I suggest you read the book till the end.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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