Finished reading Uskollinen lukija – The faithful reader by Max Seeck
Title: Uskollinen lukija – The faithful reader
Writer: Max Seeck
Length: pages 385
My rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Hardcover, read it in Finnish as there is no translation to English available – yet.
Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate a murder case that is out of ordinary. The wife of a famous writer, Roger Koponen, seems to have been killed in a bizarre ritual. As more ritual murders occur, it becomes obvious that Jessica is after a serial killer.
But the murders are not random – they follow a pattern taken from Roger’s bestselling trilogy. Has a fan gone mad, or is this case more personal? How can Jessica stop a criminal who knows every detail of the book even better than the author?
Why did it end? Why it had to end? Those were my first thoughts after reading The faithful reader.
The book had almost everything I love. There was murder, ”magic” and a strong protagonist with a fascinating background. All the side characters were believable and supported the main character extremely well. This was a perfect book with a perfect story and it ended. This is so wrong!
Okay, to the book itself. The starting point was super creepy 💀 unfortunately I can not share, but I can warn you: DO NOT read at night. I did that and it was not a good idea 😂
Most of the story scenes happen in Finland in the wintertime and it made the setting even scarier – don’t ask why, it just did.
The story folded out rapidly and swiped me up instantly. The investigation part was not slow-paced like they usually are but filled with surprises and game change moments. I loved it! It was like someone took you off your sofa and added in the middle of the crime scene investigation.
As the book started to get to its end I started to worry. There were not enough pages to fold everything together. I wish I could share all the amazing stuff, but it would spoil your reading experience so I am going to leave this here. Read the book! Be surprised and love it.
If I need to give some critic I am going to whine about the not so deep description of witchcraft and occultism. It missed some deeper level revealing or another point of view. But this is just my problem as I am a fan of everything occult and creepy 😆
And hey, the book ended too soon!