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

  • Joey R.
    3.0 Stars — I decided to read a true crime book for my next read, and “The Dark Heart” caught my eye because it has been heavily promoted on Kindle Unlimited. “The Dark Heart” was written by a Swedish crime reporter and details the investigation into a missing person / murder of a very wealthy Swedish businessman. One drawback of books that are translated from its original language to English is that the writing usually comes off stilte...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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-
  • OjoAusana
    Very interestingVery interesting true crime book! Leaned some things about the sweedish Justice system as well. Would definitely recommend! This case just goes to show how hard it is to get away aith murder.
  • Marc Mielke
    Excellent bookThis was a medium length book that is very good. This murder is weird and the detection of it is brilliant.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shiny5711
    Although a bit back & forthy it was a typical true crime book. The crime happened in Sweden so it was interesting to learn about some of the differences in Swedish law compared to law in the U.S.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.