The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
Make fun of James Patterson and his rapid release of books, but the man has a winning formula. He’s also great at picking extremely talented co-writers. Liza Marklund definitely lent a bit of Swedish noir to the latest Patterson standalone.
Young lovebirds are being murdered throughout Europe and the authorities are stumped. A postcard of a famous place in a city is mailed to the crime journalist of a local paper. Then, a day or two later, a Polaroid of a dead couple is sent to the journalist as well. Only one man has been tracking the killers from city to city. He is a New York City cop determined to find out who killed his daughter and her boyfriend in Rome and why. We enter the story when a journalist in Sweden receives a postcard from the killers, and we know that a Polaroid is on the way.
I listened to this book and the multiple narrators really made the main characters come to life. We hear the story from three viewpoints: the female Swedish journalist, the male New York cop, and the killers. Yes, we know who the killers are from the very beginning, but we don’t know why they are killing or how they are choosing their victims. This book really moves and really keeps you guessing. Even if, like me, you’ve read a lot of thrillers I guarantee that there will be twists and turns you didn’t see coming your way.