View 2 comments. Sep 16, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: tv-series , novelisation , police-stories , The TV series, the Danish one, was benchmark television with a very human bloodhound police officer Sarah Lund who in essence lost so much personally in search of answers in solving a murder-case. She is indeed a brilliant creation and David Hewson did a swell job putting her story and her personality on paper.
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Hewson far better known for his Italian based books, which can only be recommended by the way, is indeed a puzzling but rightly chosen person to novelize this tv series. And yet the book can easily be read as a stand alone if you have never see the TV show. You will still be enthralled by the quality of the story and the way Hewson put it down in this book. I was put of by the notion of Hewsons' apparent different ending but without spoiling his end you can expect an new layer that was missing form the original screenplay.
I am sure that the original screenplay writer must have been satisfied with this ending perhaps even kicked himself for not coming up with it himself. It is a brilliant story that like its TV counterpart is very hard to stop reading or watching and mister Hewson did a brilliant job with this book, now I am sure to continue reading its sequels. Please take the time in reading this page book and you'll find yourself in the same spot I was, hard to put down the book and do something else but continue reading it.
I did binge watch the Danish TV show when I was sick at home and some friend gave me it to pass t he time. It did catch me unawares as did this book, it is far better than I expected it to be. Mar 12, Heidi rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , audio-version. Even though at times this felt like the world's longest audiobook with the most suspects ever in any murder investigation, I thoroughly enjoyed this clever thriller set in Copenhagen, especially the character of Sarah Lund.
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I felt that at times the political threads of the story took over, which interrupted the flow of the story for me, which was probably why the audio book dragged in parts and I lost track of the large cast of characters involved in the political arena. All in all a well Even though at times this felt like the world's longest audiobook with the most suspects ever in any murder investigation, I thoroughly enjoyed this clever thriller set in Copenhagen, especially the character of Sarah Lund. All in all a well written, intelligent thriller.
This was an interesting experience. I didn't watch the acclaimed Scandinavian crime TV serial so had no expectations, and no 'spoiler' knowledge and this was a slightly unusual 'novelisation of a TV series', as opposed to the more frequent occurrence of the converse. I was drawn to make comparisons with the likes of Jussi Adler-Olsen's 'Department Q' novels and their having been made into films, which I felt worked very well. This adaptation clocked in at pages and felt a little longer than This was an interesting experience.
This adaptation clocked in at pages and felt a little longer than was ideal for a novel, plus the format did suffer a little in the sense that the chapters were long and took an hour or so to read, plus there appeared to be cliff-hangers spaced at regular intervals throughout that felt a bit different in structure to most crime novels.
Big cast, multiple twists, ambitious plot, characters which you really get to know and like. Jan 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: pingel-sisters-challenge At pages, this was a somewhat hefty tome with which to start my year's reading. Unusually, it is the novelisation of a prior, critically acclaimed, Danish television series of the same name "Forbrydelsen" in Danish , rather than the more usual book upon which a series is based. Although I'd long meant to catch up with the series of "The Killing", I hadn't actually seen it before launching into the book. Their investigation is hampered not only by a succession of mistaken suspect leads nobody seems to tell the truth, no matter how innocent they are!
I have to say I was blown away by Hewson's adaptation. He's reputedly spent many hours with the television show's scriptwriters, ensuring that the tone, pace and characterisations of the original are faithfully reproduced. And yet, the book doesn't read like a novelised script, by any means. I was enjoying reading this so much that I couldn't resist the temptation to borrow the series DVD boxset and begin watching it as I was still reading the novel.
I never allowed my viewing to get ahead of where I was in the book, but on reflection I don't believe reader enjoyment would be severely impacted by having already seen the original Danish series NOT the substandard American re-make! Hewson actually departs from the plot of the television series in several particulars, most notably in the final apprehension of the killer. To be honest, I found the ending of the novel more satisfying and consistent with my understanding of the well-developed characters than I did the rather sudden and jarring conclusion to the episode series.
Nevertheless, I'd highly recommend both the book and the television series on their own merits. Jan 31, Gail rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle. One word for this book - wow.
I have eye strain from not being able to put it down. It's absolutely brilliant.
I have never seem the TV show,only heard that its excellent, so I went into this with an open mind, but I was literally blown away by the pace of it; the tension never lets up. No one seems to care about her death; the only thing everyone is One word for this book - wow. No one seems to care about her death; the only thing everyone is concerned about is their public image and the run up to being the Mayor.
There are so many twists and turns in this incredible book they are literally breathtaking. I can usually spot the murderer in most crime books but, as the spotlight was on so many people, I was flitting from one suspect to another. I absolutely loved the great Sarah Lund and her troubled life; and I grew to like Jan Meyer who I couldn't really take to at first. I am just about to start reading The Killing 2 but doubt it could be anything as good as this one - or can it?
I can only apologise to my family and friends for being a complete and utter bookworm over the last few days. Oct 22, Hamish rated it did not like it. Review originally written for audible. There was nothing wrong with the writing per se, but I guess that just in the way a film adaptation of a book can never be as good as the book, this book adaptation of a screenplay never quite hits the mark.
Weighing in at more than twenty five hours the story is bloated and overlong. This is presumably to accommodate the twists, false starts and dead ends in the plot line, but I ended up feeling cheated and Review originally written for audible. This is presumably to accommodate the twists, false starts and dead ends in the plot line, but I ended up feeling cheated and frustrated at said devices.
A reader should be surprised, shocked or intrigued having been led down a path only to be redirected at the end, but these twists just do nothing to move the story on, they just elongate it. I felt as if they were there in order to provide cliffhangers for end of each episode of the TV series rather than clever plot lines in the book. The story plods along speeding up occasionally only to get weighed down again and I found myself checking the elapsed time, mentally urging the end to hurry forward.
This novelist wanted to write about a serial killing author. He was just arrested for murder.
The story is set in Denmark, so the choice Christian Rodska the son of a Danish sailor as narrator seems prudent. He can pronounce the place and character names with a level of authenticity. However, his decision to give the characters regional British accents seems entirely incongruous. It draws attention away from the story and into the telling. For some audiobooks the performance is as important as the story, and indeed a good telling can make up for an average plot. In this case it just adds to the disappointment. Shame, as there was promise in this.
I'll stick to the TV version for The Killing 2.
I have never read a book written from a TV series then turned into a book. Initially it dose not make sense. The plot twists and turns relentlessly, and I can see how the TV series was plotted and paced through the chapters. The tiny problem I found with this, was that I could judge that they had not found the murderer, even though an arrest had been made, because I could see that I still had say four pages a head I have never read a book written from a TV series then turned into a book.
The tiny problem I found with this, was that I could judge that they had not found the murderer, even though an arrest had been made, because I could see that I still had say four pages a head of me, and I knew the book could not possibly come to an end yet. That is a small quibble, in what is ultimately a solid piece of entertainment! As a side note to my review. The lead Detective felt to me like she suffered from some form of autism! Interesting use character trait! View all 4 comments. Jun 22, Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-fiction-and-thrillers , tv-tie-in.
As a fan of the tv show, I had quite a squeeeee moment when I discovered the existence of this book.