The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4) by Lars Kepler

The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)

The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden's most notorious serial killer, Jurek ...

Details The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)

TitleThe Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreThriller, Mystery, Crime, Fiction

Reviews The Sandman (Joona Linna, #4)

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Unless you've been living in a bunker for the past few months, you've likely seen the hype surrounding Lars Kepler's novel The Sandman. While this is technically the fourth book in the Joona Linna series, it's easily read as a standalone, and if you are going to break out of order I can't think of a better one to do so with than this. The novel was released while I was in the middle of a major reading slump, so I was nervous to pick it up in the...
  • Shannon
    I don’t even know how to review. I just don’t. All in all The Sandman was freaking awesome! This book must have the shortest chapters EVER. If you follow my reviews, I’m known to comment that short chapters are the best chapters. I’m talking 1-2 pages in a chapter people, like, hell yes!!! I have not read anything by Lars Kepler but after reading The Sandman I will definitely look into the Joona Linna series. I would like to point out tha...
    THE SANDMAN (Joona Linna 4)Probably the scariest book I've ever read. Dark and twisted as the mind of the Sandman. I looooooved it! I was told The Hypnotist is the best book in Joona Linna series but they were wrong. This is the best one! Can't wait to read the 5th book of the series!Don't miss this! It's probably one of the best crime novels I've ever read. Scandinavians are truly the masters of psychological thrillers!
  • Michelle
    I'm starting to think my interest in serial killers and books about them aren't really my thing anymore. This book was okay. So many characters. Maybe had I read previous books in this series I'd of understood who all these people were. I'll be honest and say I stopped trying to figure out who was who because 1.) I didn't care about anyone and 2.) I just wanted to get to the end with out continually backtracking. This book started off strong and ...
  • Luís C.
    A good thriller with a panting rhythm.The chapters are very short and the writing is dynamic, perfectly rendering the icy atmosphere in which the characters evolve.The story is quite original, however the end leaves some shadows...A good reading time!
  • Luca Ambrosino
    ENGLISH (The Sandman) / ITALIANO«It's late at night, gusts of snow come from the sea. A boy is moving on a high railroad bridge, in the direction of Stockholm. He has a colourless face, like a glass darkly. his jeans are tough, with frozen blood... His name is Mikael Kohler-Frost. He's been missing for 12 years, and he was pronounced dead 7 years ago»It starts like a self-respecting thriller should start: with a bang! The first time I encounter...
  • Laura
    “Jurek will do anything he can to escape,” Joona says in a somber voice. “You cannot let that happen. You’re like a sister to me, Saga, but it would be better if you died than if he got out.” I usually cannot stand to read a book in the middle of a series without reading the prior novels first. However, I made an exception with The Sandman and I'm very happy with my choice. Although this is the fourth in Kepler's series, in the US it i...
  • Matt
    Kepler has waited until the fourth book to pen what many Joona Linna fans have long waited for; a case that flashes back into his past. Linna stumbled across Jurek Walter one night, standing over a recently opened grave and staring down at a woman. All this is summarised in THE FIRE WITNESS and its closing chapters. When one of Walter's supposed victim's is found wandering along a train track, the hopes that others can be found raises hope. With ...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.Despite never having read Lars Kepler’s previous novels, I had high hopes for The Sandman. In the end, it simply didn’t live up to my expectations. That’s not say it was all bad but the issues I had, which I hope I can articulate, were pretty weighty ones and really impacted my overall experience with the book.Perhaps one of the reasons that I was so disappointed is because thi...
  • Amy
    Allow me to introduce you to my first MUST read book of 2018. If you’re a crime fiction fan you absolutely cannot miss this book, it’s extremely fast paced and exciting, the twists and turns are executed flawlessly and the serial killer is one of the most terrifying I’ve ever read about. If you’re at all hesitant please share your concerns with me because I promise you, if you start this one I don’t think you’ll regret it for one seco...
  • Joey R.
    3.0 Stars— This is my first Lars Kepler book, but I wanted to read him after I heard he compared favorably to Jo Nesbo. I will say that Kepler knows how to write in a style that keeps the plot moving. The book is told from multiple narrative perspectives and tells the story of a very dangerous and diabolical serial killer named Jurek, who is in custody in a lockdown psychiatric facility after being sentenced for his role in a kidnapping/ tortur...
  • Sarah
    “The Sandman” works scarifyingly well as a stand-alone novel. I wasn't aware it was a series until after, but it doesn't seem to matter. Detective Inspector Joona Linna an international sensation. Joona is blond and dimpled, with Special Ops training and eyes a granite shade of blue. There’s nothing ghoulish about him except the cases toward which his conscience is always dragging him. Serial killers, broken families and heartbreaking lost ...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    Find my top 3 reasons why this book belongs on your 2018 TBR here: THIS. BOOK. Full review to come in 2018 - but the above blog post will give you a great sense of why this book is so darn outstanding!!!
  • Tracey
    I was beyond excited when I won this in a Goodreads giveaway! So, thank you Goodreads and Knopf Publishing.This book was so creepy good! I mean so fantastically disturbing, spine-chilling, hair raising good! I was white-knuckling the book the whole time. This is the 4th in the series, but at no time did I feel lost or confused. As soon as I was finished, I started looking to see where I could buy, even though I’m on a book buying band, the othe...
  • Sèra Eddai
    Is this a joke? Does the Joona Liana series really ends like this?? HOW CAN YOU END A BOOK SERIES WITH AN OPEN END???? When I finished the book I thought: "Oh i'll write a review about how sad I am that the series are over and that i'm gonna miss Joona Linna and the beautiful Saga." And then LARS KEPLER DECIDED TO GIVE ME AN OPEN FXCKING END???? I wanna cry so hard right now...........Update: yay on the extra books.
  • Stacy
    Wow! Now that book was intense! I literally could not put it down (I read all 496 pages in two days)... this one would make a great movie. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next, how were all the disappearances connected, how were people seeing this maniac out and about while he was locked up in the most secure facility in Sweden, were the authorities going to find the victims, where had the boy been kept all these years, was hi...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Fast paced and wickedly delicious. A must read for any thriller lover!The synopsis alone drew me in right away. Undercover in a psychiatric ward? Yes please! This book is just flat out fantastic. With multiple perspectives, the authors bring you right into the middle of this fiendish operation. Thirteen years and going strong, somehow Jurek still manages to terrorize his victims and their families. Uff, my beating heart and my soft spot for a tru...
  • Laura/Mystery in Minutes
    Visit to read the complete Mystery in Minutes review!A breath-holding, heart-stopping thriller, The Sandman is the fourth in the internationally acclaimed Joona Linna series, written by new-to-Mystery in Minutes husband and wife duo "Lars Kepler". With a mysterious and complex plot, iconic and compelling characters, and content that should appeal equally to men and to women, this highly immersive novel can...
  • Bettie☯
    Description: He's Sweden's most prolific serial killer.Jurek Walter is serving a life sentence. Kept in solitary confinement, he is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff.He'll lull you into a sense of calm.Mikael knows him as “the sandman”. Seven years ago, he was taken from his bed along with his sister. They are both presumed dead.He has one target left.When Mikael is discovered on a railway line, close to death, the hun...
  • Φίλιππος
    9/10...επειδή υπάρχει μια λεπτομέρεια η οποία με χάλασε αρκετά! Κατά τα άλλα, ένα βιβλίο που δεν μπορείς να το αφήσεις εύκολα από τα χέρια σου!
  • Laura Noggle
    Flew through this delicious page-turning thriller. A Scandinavian noir by Lars Kepler, who is actually the husband-and-wife team of Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril. Their method works, and the novel is well rounded, scoring all the points.Creepy, well drawn characters with interesting back stories help carry the fast-paced plot.This book literally had me holding my breath, increased my heart rate, and gave me chills. Not all books can physically...
  • Gary
    The 4th book in the Police Inspector Joona Linna series by the excellent writers known as Lars Kepler.Having read and enjoyed the previous three books in this series I had no hesitation in reading this one and I loved it.Jurek Walter is Sweden's most prolific serial killer, now serving a life sentence in solitary confinement and even now is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff. One of his victims Mikael knows him as “the sa...
  • Kyriaki
    Με μαύρους κύκλους από την αϋπνία και δαγκωμένα χείλια από την αγωνία κλείνω αυτό το βιβλίο και αναρωτιέμαι: ΓΙΑΤΙ;; γιατί αυτό το τέλος;; γιατί αυτές οι τελευταίες τέσσερις γραμμές;;Καταιγιστική δράση από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος, απίθανη πλοκή, κα...
  • João Carlos
    “O Homem da Areia” é o quarto livro escrito por Lars Kepler, pseudónimo de uma dupla de escritores suecos (marido e mulher) Alexander Ahndoril e Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril (de origem portuguesa, por parte da mãe que nasceu na Cabeça das Mós, uma pequena aldeia situada perto do Sardoal, a cerca de 10 km a norte de Abrantes).Os dois primeiros livros, “O Hipnotista” (4*) e “O Executor” (3*), eram policiais bem escritos, com uma estru...
  • Elizabeth George
    For people who like non-stop action/thriller books, I suppose this would be a good choice. For me there were a few problems and perhaps they have to do with the translation. First, I found it next to impossible to keep all the characters straight, and I had to keep going back to remind myself who everyone was. Second, I found very little development of the characters, so it was tough for me to care about them although I did find Saga intriguing. ...
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much to Knopf for providing my free copy of THE SANDMAN by Lars Kepler - all opinions are my own.This is the fourth book in the Joona Linna series. Usually if I see that a book is part of a series, I run the other way. Not because they are bad but, let’s face it, I have commitment issues. I love the idea of a series but I want to start from the beginning, which can be time consuming and there are so many amazing books out there. We...
  • Cátia Santos
    Que policial tão bom! A dupla Lars Kepler excedeu-se neste livro e construiu uma história cheia de suspense e ação ao mesmo tempo. Ótimo enredo e, para quem já segue a série, com um aprofundamento na vida pessoal de alguns protagonistas.O melhor dos quatro livros!Conselho: comecem a ler com tempo, porque uma vez que comecem, não vão querer mais larga-lo! :)
  • Natalie
    Meni osobno ova je najbolja do sada. Čitala sam ju brzinom svjetlosti :))) Odlična! a skoro sam odustala od Keplera nakon ''Paganinijevog ugovora'' jer mi se nije baš sviđao. Sad ću se vratiti trećem dijelu ''Svjedok vatre''.
  • Donna
    A serial killer was at work 13 years ago and Detective Joona Linna captured him. Jurek Walter was sentenced to a maximum security psychiatric hospital for life with no contact with anyone, including the ward workers or other patients. Two children went missing back then. Their parents thought they drowned but Joona always believed they were killed by Jurek. After thirteen years, one of the children (now an adult) has escaped and the police realiz...
  • Emily
    The Sandman kept me up reading into the night - I definitely meant to go to bed at a reasonable time last night, but I couldn't put this book down. This was my first experience with the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler - this is the third book in the series, and it's very easy to get invested quickly. I wasn't confused, and I think this book can work very well as a standalone novel. However, since I loved it, I ordered the first 3 books in the s...