The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator

The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator

Joakim Palmkvist / Aug 19, 2019

The Dark Heart A True Story of Greed Murder and an Unlikely Investigator 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 millionaire landowner G ran Lundblad went missing from his

  • Title: The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator
  • Author: Joakim Palmkvist
  • ISBN: 1503904806
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 G ran 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 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 G ran 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 G ran s daughter Maria She was sure that her sister, Sara, was somehow involved At the heart of the alleged crime Sara s greed, her father s land holdings, and his bitter feud with Sara s idler boyfriend.With no body, there was no crime and the case went as cold and dark as the forests of southern Sweden But not for Therese Tang For two years, this case was her obsession.A hard working ex model, mother of three, and Missing People investigator, Therese was willing to put her own safety at risk in order to uncover the truth What she found was a nest of depraved secrets, lies, and betrayal All she had to do now, in her relentless and dangerous pursuit of justice, was prove that it led to murder Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Published November 1st 2018 by Crossing More Details ISBN 1503904806 ISBN13 9781503904804 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Dark Heart, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Kindle First October 2018 6 books 4 voters Best Non Fiction of 2018 335 books 150 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 12, 2018 Valerity Val rated it liked it review of another edition 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 model and security guard, who is an investigator for a m 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 model and security guard, who is an investigator for a missing persons group She won t take no for an answer and risks her neck I thought the narration was quite decent, the man was great at pronouncing all of the tricky place and people names that I often wondered how they looked in text The story, while a little predictable, is still a good one, although there is a bit of padding It s an enjoyable true crime book on audio, well performed I would choose to read the book from the cover description.I read the ebook after listening to the Audible, just to check out all of those names I couldn t quite understand during the Audible reading It s kind of like the second time watching a movie, where you pick up on things you didn t quite get the first time through I probably should have done this in reverse, but I hadn t really planned to do both until I reached the end of the Audible and was so curious about so many spellings of the foreign names My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Joakim Palmkvist, and the publisher for my fair review.Ebook Narrator Ulf Bjorklund Translator Agnes BroomeCrossing 314pages Pub Nov 1st, 2018Audible Audiobook Narrator Ulf Bjorklund Translator Agnes BroomeBrilliance Audio 9hrs 13mins Pub Nov 1st, 2018RATING 3.5 5 StarsMy BookZone blog flag 28 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 The Just About Cocky Ms M rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves atmospheric in a good way, for adults with a brain 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 recounts virtually every aspect of the plot, to include backsto 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 recounts virtually every aspect of the plot, to include backstory, so read that one I don t do plot pr cis.I thought this unraveling of a perplexing missing persons case that devolved into something else entirely was a rather effective blend of a straight up police procedural along the lines of Just the facts, ma am with a looser, fictionalized account Some readers may not like the careful, precise recounting of investigators interviewing Person A on X date, with a brief synopsis of the interview Exciting No But necessary, because this is not a TV drama where all crimes are solved in 60 minutes, less commercial breaks By the same reasoning, some readers might not like the this is one way to look at the situation approach, or the decided personalization of the lead inspectors because, after all, how do we know this or that We don t But as readers, we can surmise with the best of them.The plot that I m not going to recount moves along in fits and starts, hitting roadblocks, going dormant, then ratcheting up and catching us by surprise For folks who like their books to propel them forward, much like being strapped in on the world s scariest rollercoaster and then delivered exhilarated but exhausted on the other side, will lose patience For the persistent, engaged reader who knows going in that this is a real tale set in reality with people not members of SAG, the book delivers the often painstaking, sometimes eye popping, and ultimately frightening steps involved to solve a crime, especially murder, and even importantly, a murder with layers from the past to the present, a collection of characters who truly represent what greed, abuse, twisted love, and other ills too familiar these days can do to people so average looking and behaving that they rarely attract attention, until they do.Another potential pitfall for books written in a foreign language is the translation it can ruin the best book, and render a middling book unreadable I thought this translation was good enough that I didn t stop in the middle of a paragraph, wondering what it was in the original Swedish.I ve said this before about some of the true crime stories I ve read the best ones combine the daily plod of fact finding and fact checking and chasing leads with the excitement of the breakthroughs along the way The Dark Heart does this better than average, I think, with the addition of a couple of very different and interesting inspectors who didn t always follow the rules.However, if you prefer a heavy dose of purple prose and exclamation points and fictional elements, Scott Trurow will accommodate you flag 19 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 07, 2018 Valerity Val rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, latin america, netgalley, non fiction, true crime, to review 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 model and security guard, who is an investigator for a m 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 model and security guard, who is an investigator for a missing persons group She won t take no for an answer and risks her neck I thought the narration was quite decent, the man was great at pronouncing all of the tricky place and people names that I often wondered how they looked in text The story, while a little predictable, is still a good one, although there is a bit of padding It s an enjoyable true crime book on audio, well performed I would choose to read the book from the cover description.I read the ebook after listening to the Audible, just to check out all of those names I couldn t quite understand during the Audible reading It s kind of like the second time watching a movie, where you pick up on things you didn t quite get the first time through I probably should have done this in reverse, but I hadn t really planned to do both until I reached the end of the Audible and was so curious about so many spellings of the foreign names My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Joakim Palmkvist, and the publisher for my fair review.Ebook Narrator Ulf Bjorklund Translator Agnes BroomeCrossing 314pages Pub Nov 1st, 2018Audible Audiobook Narrator Ulf Bjorklund Translator Agnes BroomeBrilliance Audio 9hrs 13mins Pub Nov 1st, 2018RATING 3.5 5 StarsMy BookZone blog flag 14 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Dimitris Passas added it I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free ARC of this e book.The truth is that I didn t finish it I am now convinced that the so called true crime genre is not my cup of tea The main positive characteristic of the book is that it contains an abundance of information concerning the Swedish socio political status quo, the emphasis being given in the legal and justice issues The story itself though couldn t retain my attention enough to even finish it It is like reading a I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free ARC of this e book.The truth is that I didn t finish it I am now convinced that the so called true crime genre is not my cup of tea The main positive characteristic of the book is that it contains an abundance of information concerning the Swedish socio political status quo, the emphasis being given in the legal and justice issues The story itself though couldn t retain my attention enough to even finish it It is like reading a crime fiction, police procedural novel with the differentiator of course being that the narrated events are true and took place a couple of years ago The pace that the story unfolds is excruciatingly slow and I found myself being bored to death around the first third of the book Nevertheless, it should be noted that the author, Joakim Palmkvist, is one of the most well known investigating journalists in Sweden and is considered to be one of the top crime reporter in the Scandinavian country Of course I couldn t recommend a book that I didn t even complete but perhaps The Dark Heart will appeal to the true crime fans flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 04, 2018 Dawn rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Chris Steeden rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 Romeo and Juliet story.Around seven to eight thousa 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 Romeo and Juliet story.Around seven to eight thousand people a year disappear in Sweden The majority are found.What makes this book different is the investigator, Therese Tang, who volunteers for Missing People Sweden She would work on this case for 19 months A waitress, former model, hairdresser, make up artist and nuclear power plant worker with three children Did I mention that she ended up as a Police Custody Officer I am not kidding Her contact with one of the lead protagonists is creepy, unnerving and damn right tense.The author has put in a lot of research especially tracking all the Lundblads money The web of money reaches out to different places Where will it all end up Money, as they say, is the root of all evil It certainly is here If you enjoy reading true crime then this is recommended It is easy to read and kept my attention throughout flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 08, 2018 Darcia Helle rated it liked it Shelves nonfiction, true crime, ebooks 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 couldn t like the victim, a wealthy man who lives lik 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 couldn t like the victim, a wealthy man who lives like a pauper and plays the system so that his daughter can receive financial aid to pay for college Still, he was a man who didn t deserve to be murdered, by any stretch of the imagination The circumstances surrounding his murder are fascinating, in that morbid kind of way of true crime.This book is extremely detailed, which will put off some readers I enjoyed it, for the most part This isn t a condensed version of the crime and how it was solved We follow the timeline as it plays out, with all the stops, starts, and lulls of the real investigation.The author provides a lot of information about the Swedish legal system, so those of us living in other countries get a firm understanding of the difference in how things work there I found this aspect quite interesting My major stumbling point I was confused by the Afterword This book is true crime, written in narrative style As with all narrative true crime, I assumed this was factual, with the possible exception of occasional liberties taken with assigning specific emotion to a person s reaction or maybe altering bits of dialogue for better flow Yet, the first line of the Afterword is, This book constitutes one of many possible versions of a long and complex history and a gruesome crime So now I m stumped That statement implies that perhaps the story didn t play out exactly as written Maybe some details were changed Maybe a whole bunch of things happened differently I m left wondering if I read a true crime nonfiction book or if I read a fictionalized version of a true crime story Or is that line some sort of legal disclaimer to protect the author from being sued by the two convicted killers That line needs better explanation If this is not a completely factual true crime story, the subtitle should not call it true crime and it should have been clarified right at the opening I m left perplexed flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Maureen Dusseault rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2018 Lynda Kelly rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favourites, true crime 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 murder case at a time and all others got left by t 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 murder case at a time and all others got left by the wayside in the interim They also have some interesting laws regarding how they gain information from witnesses, which I agreed with, actually Too often we hear of cases where so much is inadmissible when it shouldn t be However, my jaw also hit the floor at the sentencing and the REASON it wasn t as stringent as I thought it should be I did smile at the mention of Gothenburg locals Hassan Al Mandlawi and Al Amin Sultan, since they sound as local to Gothenburg as I am Therese is a fascinating lady and thankfully a tenacious one as well I was quite shocked that she seemed concerned about finding Goran than his family appeared to be I liked this phrase It is only a hole, for now It needs a body to make it a grave I spotted confidants written when it should ve been confidantes but that was the only mistake throughout, which is highly commendable, especially from the translator Agnes Broome I d highly recommend this It s so interesting to learn how other countries investigate and prosecute killers flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 04, 2018 Beverly rated it it was ok review of another edition a very drysort of whodunit even tho we KNOW whodunitmaybe an insight into whydunnitrry didn t really happen Unless you are a hardcore true crime unkie I would not recommend flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Ronald Scheese rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 curiosity But how the case was solved thanks to a private i 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 curiosity But how the case was solved thanks to a private investigator who put herself in harm s way to find the truth and convict the perpetrators really raised the interest from mere curiosity to public frenzy Be sure to check it out flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Marc Mielke rated it really liked it review of another edition Excellent bookThis was a medium length book that is very good This murder is weird and the detection of it is brilliant flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Polly Lewis rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Gustavo Pimentel rated it liked it 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 flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Rbucci rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 01, 2018 Linda Romer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves reviews 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 would recommend this book to Fans of Criminal Invest 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 would recommend this book to Fans of Criminal Investigation flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Joan Buell rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 of the book This is definitely hard to put down o 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 of the book This is definitely hard to put down once you are swept up into the true account of a wealthy man just disappearing one day from a small farming community The family relationships are complicated, long standing land feuds are brought out, greed for land and money is evident Everyone believes that the daughter and her boyfriend are guilty of foul playbut there is no body, therefore no crime They almost get away with murder, but for one woman who is obsessed with getting to the bottom of this in order to see justice served flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Peter Baran rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves read harder 2018 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 that the victim himself isn t all that loveable, but 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 that the victim himself isn t all that loveable, but hasn t really changed my mind on the genre flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2018 Schuyler Wallace rated it liked it 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 secrets, lies, and betrayals overwhelming in its urgency and she 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 secrets, lies, and betrayals overwhelming in its urgency and she is determined to put together the necessary information for an official police investigation to take over.It has long been suspected that the rich farmer s daughter and boy friend are the murderers But his body has never been found and with no body there is no crime Tang leads the searchers in trying to find the elderly man s body and she eventually gets involved with the boyfriend who becomes personally obsessed with her and, thinking she has no authority and returns his affections, slowly begins to tell his depraved story of the crime to her She has to fight off his drooling desires while keeping his confidence, knowing that if he uncovers her duplicity he will likely kill her as well.So there you have the story as far as I will take it It s not easy to follow There are too many characters with too many fingers in the fire Perhaps it s the translation that makes it difficult, but it was interesting and innovative enough to keep me involved The revulsion that accompanies Therese s incessant prodding of the murderer s mind while he s trying to bed her is worth the price of admission flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 Lisa Van rated it did not like it Shelves non fiction, translation 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 quite right Phrases read awkwardly Structures that 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 quite right Phrases read awkwardly Structures that would not typically be used are employed over and over again Sentences are too long, even when they re not technically run ons.So, problem number 1 is poor translation But that s not the worst problem.The book is just not that good It s stilted, boring, tries too hard to be suspenseful and fails miserably, and is just not worth a read The author tries to make a heroine out of Therese, but she s flat and unlikeable There just isn t much of a story here It s all pretty obvious from the beginning, and I felt like someone needed to come along and say, Nothing to see here, folks I can t think of anyone I d recommend it to, and I can t think of anyone who couldn t find something better to read flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 11, 2018 Megan Boyle rated it really liked it 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 emotionally during and after the case was solved Love 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 emotionally during and after the case was solved Loved it flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Toni rated it really liked it Shelves audiobook read Highly recommend the audio version because of the Swedish names locations knowing the exact pronunciation made the story 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 solving crimes murders knowing all getting the detail Highly recommend the audio version because of the Swedish names locations knowing the exact pronunciation made the story 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 solving crimes murders knowing all getting the detail correct flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Chandru CS rated it really liked it review of another edition Philadelphia has always had something for us and 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 the talking, asking all the standard questions, as per pro Philadelphia has always had something for us and 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 the talking, asking all the standard questions, as per procedure flag Like see review Nov 09, 2018 Ren rated it liked it Shelves narrative nonfiction, true crime 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 term, private investigator, and it bothered me, b 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 term, private investigator, and it bothered me, because she decidedly is not one As incredible as her unique contribution to cracking the case is, I found a lot around how it happened to be very troubling, not to mention the risk to herself.Parts are written very newspaper ish, including way too many unnecessary details about Therese s life, family, and wide range of jobs that have nothing to do with anything It s mentioned so many times that she was a model among many other jobs, than I can count that it s clear this detail was part of the draw around her role in the story Also a line in the afterword about how this is one possible way out of many it could ve happened I get that authors take some creative liberties filling in details in narratives but it sounds pretty broad the way it s worded here, so I m not sure what to believe The way it s written screams that this ll be a movie for sure flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Ronnie Cramer rated it liked it 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Pam Lorentz rated it liked it review of another edition Reviewed Perhaps due to this being translated to English, or possibly just writing style, it wasn t always the easiest story to follow with regard to characters and sequencing But that said I enjoyed the story overall flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Megan rated it liked it Shelves books i own, ebook, crime mystery thriller, misfits and criminals, non fiction, sweden modern, 3 star, read in 2019 rtc flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 08, 2018 Judith Golderer rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves didn t finish Didn t finish didn t care for author s writing style at all flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Carl A Marine rated it really liked it review of another edition Decently writtenNot a bad book Had a feeling it would end as it did If you want a decent crime story, this book will do flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. 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 model and security guard, who is an investigator for a m Th [...]


    2. 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 recounts virtually every aspect of the plot, to include backsto Aft [...]


    3. 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 model and security guard, who is an investigator for a m Th [...]


    4. I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free ARC of this e book.The truth is that I didn t finish it I am now convinced that the so called true crime genre is not my cup of tea The main positive characteristic of the book is that it contains an abundance of information concerning the Swedish socio political status quo, the emphasis being given in the legal and justice issues The story itself though couldn t retain my attention enough to even finish it It is like reading a I w [...]


    5. 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


    6. 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 Romeo and Juliet story.Around seven to eight thousa No bo [...]


    7. 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 couldn t like the victim, a wealthy man who lives lik I ve [...]


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