Liza Marklund: Studio Sex

Translated into English out of order While Paradise was the first book she published it isn t actually the first book about Annika chronologically Studio 69 which I uite enjoyed again w Liza Marklund one of Sweden s most successful authors is astonishingly uneven she alternates very good feminist thrillers with ones that are dull incoherent or close to embarrassingThis one was written ust after Spr ngaren her breakthrough novel and still probably her best In the previous book Marklund skilfully alternates two plot threads Annika the heroine is a Neimhaim (Neimhaim, journalist who s covering a story about a grisly murder at the same time she s having horrible problems at work from male colleagues who are doing everything in their power to make life impossible for her She gradually comes to the realisation that she knows who the killer is and that she d been suffering very similar problems which in the end pushed her over the edge It s extremely well done possibly the best book I have read on workplace harassmentNow unfortunately Marklund tries to reprise the formula and it all goes wrong First she makes it a preuel always a risky move and then she switches the theme to violence against women I suppose that in theory she s doing something good but her touch admirably light in Spr ngaren is leaden Grimly painting by numbers she sets up the same two parallel threads Annika s on her firstob as a ournalist the story involves a girl who s found dead in a cemetery the girl was in an abusive relationship and you see it coming a mile away Annika s also in an abusive relationship Clunk clunk clunk At the end she escapes the murdered girl s fate by doing unto others as they would do unto you but doing it first Hot tip to all you women out there with abusive boyfriends as soon as he s killed your cat it s okay to push him down a mineshaf. Lm sex club the cover ups and switchbacks can be cherished by thriller readers the world over Over the course of an unusually scorching Swedish summer Annika Bengtzon will exhaustively follow every lead to uncover the murderer of the young woman in the graveyard At the same time she will also try to discover what she wants for herself and whether she has what it takes to survive and thrive as an investigative reporter Her choices her victories and her mistakes make her one of the complicated even fragile heroines to emerge in recent yea.

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I like the premise but the actual book is a little unsatisfyingI never felt like I knew or cared about the protagonist It wasn t until the end when the two seemingly disparate crimes came together in something akin to espionage that I got really interested Still worth a try if you re into Scandanavian crime fiction as I am Overall though I d stick with Jo Nesbo and Camilla Lackburg When trainee ournalist Annika Bengtzon receives a call on the tip line stating that there s a naked dead woman in the Jewish cemetery her supervisor lets her investigate the story The brutal murder uickly begins to consume Annika as she tries to figure out if a high ranking government official is responsible as other media suggest or if the killer is someone else Her colleague Berit Hamrin is working on a political scandal stretching back to the 60 s When Berit s revelations begin to spill over into Annika s murder story things become complicated and intenseExposed is an intriguing thriller by Swedish writer Liza Marklund At 554 pages it took a while to become a real page turner but I m glad I stuck it out as things really start moving by the halfway point Marklund s descriptions of the sweltering July heat in Stockholm were so good I could feel it Her strained relationship with her mother and fianc were also very well portrayed but here s the thing I didn t find Annika all that interesting She was terribly sensitive at times she cries a lot in this book often while on the ob yet other times she seemed the opposite For me the plot was stronger than the characters yet Exposed is still a good read This had been on my book club pile for ages despite my appreciation for Scandi crime fiction because it s a big book although as it turns out it s in large print so probably no longer than average It was however slow going with a rather. When freelance reporter Annika Bengtzon gets a call that a murdered woman's body is lying in a Stockholm graveyard she knows immediately that this story might be her ticket to the permanent ob she craves Annika's position at the big city tabloid is tenuous and her mother and boyfriend want her to come back to the local paper she has worked for to stay near home and settle down As she pursues the murderer battling the male dominated cliues of the newsroom Annika must also overcome her own inexperience and the instincts that will draw he.

Plodding plot a young A good book that is the first in the series about a newspaper ournalist AnnikaI found it very good at the start and at the end but lost its way in the middle Characters are well developed and the book on the whole was a good read Liza Marklund was a hack still writes like one and has that hardness of personality that leaves all the characters in this book rather unlikeable to varying degreesA realist 35 The beginning was really good a girls body was found in a park and later there were some politicians involved but then it was a little overstretchedAlthough the ending was pretty good but it was a little expected I was really into it but after a few great chapters some boring stuff entered and I lost my interest in it It had a potential to be a really great book but now its ust pretty good and slightly overstretched NOTE This book has apparently been published with a couple of different titles in English The book I read was called Exposed and had a modern edgy graphic on the cover typical of the mysteries I like to read I probably would not have read it Okay I m really getting into this series I shouldn t have started reading it out of the chronological order this way it makes much senseLooking forward t0 reading the next part I m not uite sure what I think of Liza Marklund s character Annika Bengtzon She is a study in contrasts and perhaps that is why though I might occasionally shake my head in exasperation at her I find her so interesting to read about I first met her when I read Marklund s Paradise It s something of a challenge to get your hands on this book as it is out of print and fairly scarce and expensive to buy I borrowed a library copy via ILL Add to that challenge is the fact that Marklund has written Annika s story there are a total of eight books now though not all. R much too close to the story Studio Sex is the preuel to Liza Marklund's international bestseller The Bomber that also featured Annika Bengtzon Studio Sex inhabits the same cutthroat world of the tabloid reporter rendered with precision and intelligence by Sweden's most popular novelist But Studio Sex also introduces fascinating new terrain for most American readers that of a political scandal in one of Europe's most solidly Social Democratic welfare states When the political imbroglio seems to intersect with what happened at a Stockho.

Scandinavia’s undisputed ueen of crime fiction Liza Marklund is the No 1 international bestselling author of the Annika Bengtzon series Liza Marklund was born in 1962 in the small village of Pålmark close to the Arctic Circle in Sweden She is an author journalist columnist and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF She is also co owner of Piratförlaget one of Sweden’s most successful publishing