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El Guardián De Los Niños (2011)

by Johan Theorin(Favorite Author)
3.51 of 5 Votes: 3
review 1: I've enjoyed all his books so far but this is probably the best - a bit of a slow-burner at first but the story even then is quite engrossing. Jan, friendless, lonely and largely detached from society, has started work at a pre-school attached to an asylum for the criminally insane. He dotes on the children, who attend the pre-school in order to be able to have access visits to their parents who are inmates in the asylum. But Jan has another motive for getting the job - he believes that the 'girl of his dreams', who he met and became infatuated with as a teenager, is an inmate in the asylum and hopes to work out a way to get to meet her. In a series of flashbacks, we learn about Jan's childhood (when he attempted suicide) and an incident during his previous employment when... more he endangered a child. However, his plans go awry and the tempo of the story really hots up towards the end, culminating in quite a sad and poignant ending. 9.5/10.
review 2: This was a book of ever increasing momentum and intensity. I have not read any interviews about this book with Johan Theorin, but it would be interesting to know what type of character had captured his imagination such that he ended up with this book. Is it a woman who becomes totally enraptured with a man who has gone to prison (or, in this case, a psychiatric facility), who she had never previously met, even one who is accused of multiple murders, and what that says about her? In imagining a future with him. The first page in the book probably hints at that. Or was Theorin interested in men who are so socially maladjusted that the slightest coincidences and misreadings of a situation lead them to engage in ever greater delusional behavior? In any case, a very enjoyable read, with realistic and fascinating characters. I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just say that I liked the way it ended. Food for lots of conversation there. less
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the slow plot development bugged me a bit but it got there in the finish.
Not bad, but I liked the Öland series a tiny bit more for some reason...
One of the more unusual imaginative books I have read in the genre.
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