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Thursday, September 07, 2017

The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Each of Adler-Olsen's previous Dept. Q books have been engrossing, and I looked forward to The Scarred Woman.  However, I found myself starting and stopping a half dozen times before getting into the novel enough to finish it.

Even after I finally got engaged enough to finish the book, the novel never invoked the same fondness for the characters that I've had in all of the previous books, nor did I find the plot(s) as compelling. 

All of the women were disturbed, shallow,self-indulgent, and violent.  Rose isn't shallow, but deeply disturbed, and I felt strangely distant from her character.  

Why didn't this one satisfy me?  For many reasons, but mostly because it felt so different in character and plot development  from earlier books.  Obviously, this is my own opinion and others may not have the same perception. 

Read in July;  blog review scheduled for 9/7/17

NetGalley/Penguin Group
Police Procedural.  Sept. 19, 2017.  Print version:  480 pages.   


  1. I've read two Dept. Q books and liked the first better than the second. Sorry this one wasn't better. Maybe the author was having an off year and the next one will be better. :)

    1. I think The Marco Effect is my favorite Dept. Q book. This one felt very different from previous books, but maybe others will like it better than I did.

  2. Gosh, I only read the first book of this series and every time he releases a new book I realise how far I am from catching up on this series.

    Hope the next book will be better!

    1. The first one was a great introduction to the characters! I will certainly read the next one, even if The Scarred Woman didn't measure up--for me, at least.

  3. I am sorry this one turned out to be disappointing. Hopefully this is just a blip in a good series and the next one will be better.