Book Review: The Mirror Man (Joona Linna #8) by Lars Kepler


Set to be released on 26th May, The Mirror Man by Lars Kepler is the eighth book in the Joona Linna series which follows the case of Jenny Lind who, five years ago, was abducted on her way home from school. Now, her lifeless body is found hanging in a playground. But there is no evidence and only one witness – a man who cannot remember what he saw. With Detective Joona Linna and the police scrambling to find a lead, another girl goes missing. And as they close in on the killer, they discover that the Mirror Man’s crimes are more shocking than they ever could have imagined…


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A chilling and unnerving series of crimes full of tension, The Mirror Man is a dark and nerve-shredding thriller set in Sweden with riveting police procedural and suspenseful action.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book at the start as there is a lot that relies on you having read the other books in the series. For instance, I don’t feel like I got to know Joona well in this instalment at all and it felt like there was a big event in the previous book that would have explained some things, so there was a lot that went over my head.

But everything else about this book had me absolutely hooked. The case at hand is gripping and the family at the forefront of the crime are compelling. It’s brilliantly written, packed with great twists, and the complex plot develops at a quick pace to keep you eager to find out who’s behind these horrible crimes.

I was genuinely quite scared during a number of scenes as well, and it’s not often that a book is able to do that to me so I know that this is a story that’s going to stick with me. It does feel long at times but I can always forgive Scandi noir thrillers for that because I always come away from them with a full understanding of every character and a complete feel for every setting, so it always pays off in the end.

One of my favourite things to read about when it comes to fictional serial killer stories is when they have an unbelievable but very real disorder or illness which gives some reasoning for their actions. This particular one is one of my favourites to read and learn more about. I’ve seen it used a few times before already, but its inclusion here still felt very clever, original and exciting.

If you like Scandi thrillers, this is definitely a book you need to read this year! I really want to go back to the start of this series now, and am sure to be kept awake by this fearsome story for some time yet.


The Mirror Man by Lars Kepler
Series: Joona Linna #8
Release Date: 26th May 2022
Print Length: 576 pages
Genre: Scandi Detective Thriller
Publisher: Zaffre

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