Apparently the second book in a series, but the first to be translated into English I saw a review of this some time ago and when I saw it on the shelves at my local library I decided to pick it up for holiday.
It starts off as what you think is going to be a pretty formulaic police procedural. Beautiful girl is kidnapped, tortured in a grisly way and flawed cop is put on the case. However there are some unexpected and intriguing twists which for me give this the edge over other such novels, like those by Jo Nesbo of which I’ve read a lot recently. Without giving too much away, the eponymous Alex is no ordinary victim! The writing is slick and the plot races along nicely and comes to a genuinely satisfying denouement. I’ve just got two more in the series out from the library, I hope they don’t disappoint!