Review: The Father by Anton Svensson

Posted March 30, 2016 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Father by Anton Svensson

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Father by Anton SvenssonThe Father by Anders Roslund, Stefan Thunberg, Anton Svensson, Elizabeth Clark Wessel
Series: Made in Sweden #1
Published by Sphere on April 5, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 592
Format: Arc
Source: Publisher
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How does a child become a criminal? How does a father lose a son?
An epic crime novel with the excitement of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters and the narrative depth of We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Father is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who committed ten audacious bank robberies in Sweden over the course of just two years.
None had committed a crime before. All were under 24 years old. All of them would be changed forever as individuals and as a family.
This intoxicating, heartbreaking thriller tells the story of how three boys are transformed over the course of their lives from innocent children to the most wanted criminals in Sweden. And of the man who made them that way: their father.

So I was initially drawn to The Father because it is based on really life events, even though it is a work of fiction. The story flicks between ‘then’ and ‘now’ to form a compelling and heartbreaking story of domestic violence in a tragic tale.

The fact that is based on a  true story makes it a more poignant read, especially when you realise that the author – Anton Svensson – is actually the younger brother of the brothers this story is based on.

This is a well written novel, that isn’t afraid to depict violence (which I have to admit isn’t really my cup of tea!), it is gritty and compelling, and easily sucks the reader into the story. The plot is complex and cleverly written so everything is tied together and fits.

The Father is a crime novel that will keep you emotionally attached throughout. This is a read for anyone who says they are a crime fan. 

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