Sweet Dreams by Anders Roslund

Two little girls go missing on the same day in Stockholm. Their disappearances are never explained. In time, the investigations are abandoned.

A chance discovery puts Detective Ewert Grens back on the trail five years later. His own personal trauma makes him determined to find out what happened to these children who were snatched from a supermarket and a car park and never seen again.

His search leads him into the recesses of the dark web and the discovery of a paedophile ring that can only be cracked from the inside. Grens is forced to call upon his retired partner, Piet Hoffman, the best undercover operative he knows, to try to infiltrate the group.

They will have only one chance – but are they up to the darkest challenge of their lives?

I do love me some Scandi-Noir and this is a favourite series of mine. Whilst I really enjoyed the overall storyline I do have to say that it goes beyond dark and disturbing and I actually did have to stop reading it a few times. You are warned about the fact it is going to be a tough read on the first page and I do have quite a strong stomach normally but when it comes to children I do have a lower tolerance level for disturbing content. Ewert Grens is a brilliant character-not fitting into the role carved out for him comfortably but filling the pages with his determination to solve a heinous crime. It’s a brutally chilling read but perfectly executed.

Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström are the authors of 5 bestselling books in Sweden. Roslund is a professional journalist and creator of Sweden’s number one cultural TV program Kulterkanna. Börge Hellström is an ex-criminal who founded a criminal rehabilitation program in Sweden.

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