The Dark Heart by Joakim Palmkvist

The Dark Heart

A chilling true crime story of poisonous family secrets, love gone wrong, and a cold case that refused to stay buried… In late summer of 2012, millionaire landowner Göran Lundblad went missing from his farm in Sweden. When a search yielded nothing, and all physical evidence had seemingly disappeared, authorities had little to go on—except a disturbing phone call five weeks later from Göran’s daughter Maria. She was sure that her sister, S...

Details The Dark Heart

TitleThe Dark Heart
Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherAmazon Crossing
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery

Reviews The Dark Heart

  • Valerity (Val)
    The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely InvestigatorThis is the story of a missing Swedish millionaire, Goran Lundblad who has a couple of farms and other properties. Before he went missing, he’s been trying to convince his daughter Sara, who lived and worked with him, to get rid of a boyfriend she’d acquired that has become a bone of contention between them. Finally, Therese Tang gets involved, a mother of 3, former mo...
  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    After a quite disappointing experience with an alleged “true crime” tale several months ago, I nearly passed this one up. But my fondness for Nordic Noir in most any form—Stieg Larsson opened my eyes and I’ve never looked back since—persuaded me that this one might be entertaining. All that snow, and Swedes doing weird things, with surnames and placenames littered with diacritical marks of all types.There is another review here that rec...
  • Valerity (Val)
    The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely InvestigatorThis is the story of a missing Swedish millionaire, Goran Lundblad who has a couple of farms and other properties. Before he went missing, he’s been trying to convince his daughter Sara, who lived and worked with him, to get rid of a boyfriend she’d acquired that has become a bone of contention between them. Finally, Therese Tang gets involved, a mother of 3, former mo...
  • Calzean
    A book that should have been an essay. It was so stretched out with various boring incidental issues and an inevitable conclusion. I want my life back.
  • Dawn
    RivetingA riveting true-crime story set in Scandinavia. The real-life process detectives ... and community volunteers ... used to put the pieces together is highlighted, not the gore. Well-written. All questions answered. Loose ends tied up. All in all, a great read!
  • Chris Steeden
    No body, no murder…The body was missing. There were no videos, no recorded confessions, and there was no evidence of foul play.A wealthy Swedish man has gone missing. Has he been murdered? From the very first police investigation, where nothing is found, they do feel that something is amiss and all fingers point to his eldest daughter and her boyfriend. I am giving nothing away here. This is all set-up in the first 10 pages. The dark heart of a...
  • Darcia Helle
    I've had some less than enjoyable experiences with translated fiction, and so I hesitated before opting to read this translation of true crime. Aspects of a story and the emotion often get lost in the transition when translating from one language to another. I was pleasantly surprised to find this is an entertaining read that translates well.I knew nothing about Goran Lundblad's murder or the surrounding family drama. And a drama this is! I could...
  • Lisa Van Gemert
    This is a book that would have made a great newspaper article. Or a pamphlet. Or a 15-minute video. Anything but a full-length book. It was about 10 times too long, and the translation was awkward. It was clearly not a native English speaker doing the translation, and the book suffers for that. There are too many phrases that are supposed to be complete sentences, such as "A woman, to boot, and older than he." It isn't terrible, it's just not qui...
  • Maureen Dusseault
    My first time reading a true crime story set outside the USA. Learning about the judicial system in another country kept my interest when the story lagged occasionally. Greed and a gruesome murder are mixed together to make a very interesting story.
  • Lynda Kelly
    This was my Kindle First choice for October and I could've picked 3 this month but since true crime is my real "bag" I opted for this and I'm so pleased I did. I really enjoyed it, a fascinating look into how the Swedes investigate a murder (or not) !! I was shocked at one case being referred to as a suicide when the victim was located in his car boot !! I also found it pretty staggering that they appeared to be only capable of investigating one ...
  • Beverly
    a very dry...sort of whodunit even tho we KNOW whodunit...maybe an insight into "whydunnit" ....sorry didn't really happen. Unless you are a hardcore true crime unkie I would not recommend.
  • Naomi Carter
    Hm. Den här boken hade kunnat vara så otroligt mycket mer spännande än den faktiskt var, hade nog knappt tagit mig igenom den om jag inte till slut lyssnade på 1,5x speed på ljudboken. Den är ganska kasst skriven, på en gång rörig och överdrivet detaljerad om saker som inte har med själva mordet att göra över huvudtaget. Den hade gärna vara mer kort och koncis, även om det inte ens är tjock bok från början.
  • Rbucci
    This book read like fiction with the tv detective non fiction format. It was quite riveting. I read a lost of mysteries, and kept treating it as non fiction, then I’d remember it wasn’t, and would be horrified that two people could be so evil.
  • Reaperne
    My experience reading this monstrosity;-oh lord this editing is fucking horrendos*proceeds to edit it all*-this is so boring that I have no care in the world to continue editing it-so b o r i n g*skips chapters*-can still follow the ”plot” - stupid stupid stupid-so this was published to show how to not write a true crime? ahh got it-the end-
  • Sarah
    Mosaic of MurderThe author expertly pieces together the events and accounts to reveal a complete picture. The reader is instantly captivated and then cautiously led through the tangle of events and characters. I immediately recommend this book to my friends who have been obsessed with true crime for decades and who are not easily drawn in because I knew they would find it as grilling as I did.
  • Ronald Scheese
    Terrific True Crime NovelJust finished a terrific true crime novel "The Dark Heart" by Joakim Palmkvist. Another Kindle First discovery of mine which I found fascinating. Set in Sweeden, there was plenty of intrigue: "dark and deranged Romeo and Juliet story about star-crossed lovers in a rural setting. Lovers who murdered the girl’s father. All the money added a bit of extra spice, as those are the kinds of things that naturally stoke curiosit...
  • Marc Mielke
    Excellent bookThis was a medium length book that is very good. This murder is weird and the detection of it is brilliant.
  • Polly Lewis
    Hard to ForgetI felt pulled into this story and found it hard to put down or forget. Everyone in this case is unforgettable - especially the woman who broke the case, Therese Tang. I highly recommend this book to anyone else who is interested in true crime.
  • Gustavo Pimentel
    I really enjoyed this book. It told a interesting story with a not so interesting ending. Well, I guess that's how real life is. I felt it could've been a lot shorter tho. It was so much background story that at times made me feel like I was reading a history book.
  • Linda Romer
    The Dark Heart was an okay read for me, meaning it was good but not great. It was slow going with lots of procedural actions the Police and investigators take while investigating a crime scene. The Author is a crime reporter and this story is based on his own research with the majority of the material provided by Theresa Tang who broke the cold case two years after Goran Lundbald went missing.I give The Dark Heart 3 stars for its crime drama.I wo...
  • Joan Buell
    Read it in one day!Let me get this criticism out of the way first: the first chapter is unnecessary, and adds nothing to the book. It is highly emotional and overwrought, and I almost stopped reading right then. I find it so hard to believe that any woman would place herself in such a dangerous situation, especially one who is so savvy about criminal behavior. Had this been fiction, I would have judged it totally implausible. On to the main body ...
  • Peter Baran
    So my Read Harder True Crime book and I picked something freeish on Kindle because this is not a genre I have any significant interest in. And this was pretty much what I expected, an arse backward Columbo episode where we are presented with all the reasons why our suspects did it, and then the unlikely but not all that amazing way in which they were caught. Clearly there are flourishes meant to titlate, and it is in the interest of the writer th...
  • Schuyler Wallace
    Joakim Palmqvist’s “The Dark Heart” is, as its subtitle indicates, the true story of an unlikely investigator getting involved in greed and murder.Therese Tang, a Missing People investigator, spends two years attempting to uncover the truth surrounding a millionaire’s murder. She is not a police official with official investigative clout. Her normal role is trying to find missing people. But, in this case, she finds the presence of secret...
  • Megan Boyle
    This story was well written from beginning to end. I enjoyed reading the intricate details the author provided about the case. Sometimes the story just jump forward but there is an explanation following that guides the reader to that point. This helped me think about what I had just read and piece it together in my mind. Along with learning about this murder, it was nice to follow the person who solved the case and what she has to go through emot...
  • Toni
    Highly recommend the audio version because of the Swedish names/locations – knowing the exact pronunciation made the story more impactful for my reading experience. A detailed character portrayal of the killers and for anyone who does not live in Sweden nor has visited Sweden, details about the “lay of the land” (hence the title of the book). As a true crime reader, I always appreciate the nuances of details – isn’t that the point of so...
  • Chandru CS
    Philadelphia has always had something for us and more people “The conversation was subdued and calm,” Blomgren later recalled. “Sara seemed sad to me because her manner was reserved, and it was hard to get her to talk. She cried a little, I think, at the beginning of the conversation.” Sara provided most of the background information, but her boyfriend was helpful as well, answering as many questions as he could. But Blomgren did most of ...
  • Ren
    2.5. This was sometimes unputdownable, other times tedious. The investigation itself is interesting enough in the telling although there's little mystery about who did it. What makes this story different is the "private investigator" Therese Tang who gets involved with her branch of a national organization of volunteer searchers for missing people, and eventually ends up eliciting the break in the two-year cold case. The author keeps using that t...
  • Ronnie Cramer
    I can see why this book inspires both love and hate; it IS very interesting and at times it IS very tedious. In keeping with this disjunctive nature, I will say that I enjoyed reading it, but that I won't be recommending it to anyone.