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
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Mystery

Reviews The Dark Heart

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Judith Golderer
    Didn’t finish - didn’t care for author’s writing style at all.
  • 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 ...
  • Knight
    I'm not used to reviewing true crime books. You can't comment on the plot, per se. For me the key points were how did the writer assemble the pieces: was it clear, interesting? Yes, it was. Rather a lot of repetition, but that was necessary in telling the story from different points of view. Another point, was the situation interesting? To that a definite yes. I haven't read much about Sweden and found it all fascinating. The life of people on th...
  • Pamela Scott
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...I was gripped from the moment I started to read The Dark Heart. I enjoyed this much more than other true crime books I’ve read. At times I almost thought I was reading fiction, a Nordic noir novel packed with suspense because of the way The Dark Heart is structured and the truth is gradually revealed one tiny particle at a time. At first Göran’s disappearance is treated like a standard missing personâ€...
  • 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...
  • Ceecee
    I thought initially this was a really promising account of the search for the killers of wealthy Goran Lundblat but I think it was possible to tell this story over a few pages in a Sunday Supplement. There was a lot of detail that I felt didn’t add much to the story telling. For example, I realise that what made the story unusual was the dogged determination of Therese Tang from Missing People rather than the police but there was so much detail...
  • Lisa Van
    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...
  • Lisa
    This was... interesting? I received an early copy as a part of Amazon's First Reads program. High points: interesting to see how the Swedish legal/police system works, and Swedish society in general.I was impatient with the author frequently, and wish he would have cut back on the sinister foreshadowing ("She had no idea how entangled she would become in the events of the next eighteen months", paraphrased). It's a non-fiction account of a murder...
  • C.J. Laurence
    Could easily be half the length. I love true crime, hence my interest in this book. I'm tapping out at 38%. Usually, I can devour a book in hours, but this has taken me 4 days to get just over a third of the way through.It is filled with so much unnecessary information, it's utterly boring. I don't want to know Therese Tang's life history, nor do I want six pages detailing Sweden's 'Murder Bible' - all I want us cold, hard facts, delivered cleanl...
  • Char
    This was my Amazon First Reads pick for the month of October. A Swedish true crime story about the murder of Goran Lundblad, a wealthy farmer and land owner, and the daughter who is a suspect. The book was well written and the investigation was interesting. I learned quite a few things about Swedish laws when it comes to murder. For instance, a sentence of life for murder is only handed down if the victim suffered. The only complaint I have is th...
  • Wanda Hawley
    Hard to FollowI.had a lot of difficulty following the facts and sorting everybody out. Almost need to take notes and outline the chapters to keep up with whats happening. It could be this is just not the style/format I like to read. In all fairness this is certainly not the worst book I've read and you need to try it yourself and not write it off on my word. I skipped a lot of it because it was something I just didn't have the patience to continu...
  • Nina
    Non-fiction. Interesting Swedish crime story, where a volunteer from the Missing Persons organization cracked the case two years after a man's disappearance. Despite the cold-blooded, pre-meditated murder, the perpetrators only got 18 years in prison, because that's the longest determined sentence that can be given in Sweden. You only get life if the victim suffered, and since the man was killed quickly with a gun blast 5 feet from his head and d...
  • Brendon Burris
    Boy can you get bogged down on details. There were some parts I couldn't help but rush through because it was just repeating the same info over and over. That's how i felt anyway. I wanted to nice in when I got the point that was being established.oy can you get bogged down on details. There were some parts I couldn't help but rush through because it was just repeating the same info over and over. That's how i felt anyway. I wanted move on quickl...
  • Christine Humphlett
    Fascinating crime poorly delivered I will admit to having reservations in the first few pages. I've never enjoyed reading a book that starts by giving a character list. First off, the characters are out of context, so I won't remember them when they come up in the story. And, second, if an author doesn't have enough confidence in their writing to adequately introduce characters as they come up in the novel, then neither do I.As for the rest of th...
  • Judith Meyer
    Crime story dramaI read this book in two sittings because I could not put it down. I would have given it five stars but for my difficulty in relating to the different locations. This is my problem. A map would have been helpful. The list of characters at the beginning of the book was very helpful. The translator made this very readable. I especially liked the comparison between what is allowed legally in Sweden as compared to the USA. If you like...
  • 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...
  • Koen
    Interesting, gripping and well enough written true crime story.It's actually one of those Nordic Noir stories but non-fiction isn't it?The story itself was interesting enough to keep me glued to the book. The somewhat bizarre way the crime was solved was worthy of a book. What it lacked though for me were the characters to really connect with. I surely enjoyed reading it but it didn't shake me like some true crime does.
  • George L.
    Swedish Crime Story Provides Action and Suspense I am more and more impressed with the Swedish Crime genre. Palmkvist draws on many sources to put together a top notch who-done-it story. About halfway through the plot you know who the killers are. The question is how do the police prove it. They rely on a very courageous young woman who uses her skills to find the missing body. I highly recommend it as good read.
  • Kimberly
    Thoroughly enjoyable read!!Great coverage of a complicated and intriguing tale that weaves through history of family dynamics and tells the story of how intimate family relationships, culture, environment and upbringing truly shape our mind and world view! While communities are influenced, changed and seriously affected in so many aspects because of the decision of two people. Terrific.
  • Jaime MC
    A Captivating BookI liked this book a lot. I have never read this type of book before so it was a new experience for me. I can't accurately compare it to others in this genre. What I liked about it was how the story grabbed me right away and held my attention all the way through. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to indulge in dark murder dramas or crime documentaries.
  • Charlotte Cumming
    Good story...While I enjoyed this book, it was a bit cumbersome. I can't quite put my finger on what it was but it seemed the plotting, or maybe the writing, was not as smooth and streamlined as I am used to. I was engrossed by the content, and don't get me wrong, it was a strong story, but still I didn't connect with the characters or the writing. 3 1/2 stars
  • joanne g. moore
    Dark heartThis book was hard to read. The author went into too much explanation. I didn’t need to read 20x the directions to small towns and recounting the same information. Normally I have a hard time putting down a good book. This book just made me want to finish so I didn’t have to read it anymore. Wouldn’t suggest it to anyone.
  • P.J.Masonsbcglobal.Net
    Supense, Greed, MurderThe story has plenty of suspense, because it's not only a story of a well executed murder and coverup by family members, but also a story of how the crime was solved, despite many delays and deadlines, a woman driven toput herself in dangers way, in order to bring justice for the victim, his family and the local community.