Alfred A. Knopf, Book Review, Mystery, Series, Suspense, Thriller

The Rabbit Hunter (Joona Linna, #6) by Lars Kepler

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Ten little rabbits, all dressed in white
Tried to get to heaven on the end of a kite.
Kite string got broken, down they all fell,
Instead of going to heaven, they all went to…

It begins with a nursery rhyme. Nineteen minutes later you die.

A masked stranger stands in the shadows. He watches his victim through the window. He will kill him slowly—make him pay.

Soon the Rabbit Hunter has claimed another three victims. This predator will stop at nothing to reap his ultimate revenge. It’s up to Joona Linna and Saga Bauer to untangle one of the most complex cases of their career, and follow the killer’s trail of destruction back to one horrific night of violence.


Book 6 in the Joona Linna series, and my second Lars Kepler novel, is a splendid, nail-biting thriller that will leave you breathless.

When the Swedish Foreign Minister is slaughtered in his own home in front of a living witness, Detective Joona Linna is released from prison to help solve a brutal murder case that is racking up victims faster than he can solve it. With the help of his former partner Saga Bauer, and other old and new characters, Joona is in a race with time and his freedom.

The story is told from several characters’ perspectives which is surprisingly easy to follow.  The husband and wife team of Lars Kepler are formidable in their storytelling. They have a way of drawing the reader into a maze of violence and vulnerability of the characters and keep you guessing until about three-quarters of the way through the book.  My favorite character is the no-nonsense and extremely capable Agent Saga Bauer with her extreme outer beauty and minimalist life. Of course, Joona is a force to be reckoned with as well with his intense good looks, extreme intelligence, and uncanny ability to read a killer’s mind.  

The Rabbit Hunter is cunning and deadly, much like the killer. The story is extreme and unmerciful, and with true Swedish style, Lars Kepler follows the madness through the killer’s eyes, as well as Detective Joona Linna’s dogged determination to read the killer’s next move.  Even though this is Book 6 in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

If you want to read a horrifying and gripping suspense thriller with a staggering ending, please give this fantastic book a try.

Thank you to Lars Kepler for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband-and-wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their number-one internationally best-selling Joona Linna series has sold more than fourteen million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.  Follow the authors on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.