The Swimmer by Joaquim Zander

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Klara Walldeen, orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents on a remote Swedish archipelago, is now a political aide in Brussels. And she has just seen something she shouldn’t: something people will kill to keep hidden.

On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action: so dedicated to the cause that he abandoned his baby daughter to keep his cover. Now the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool.

Then, on Christmas eve, Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out..

My Review

I enjoyed this book because it´s genre, spy thriller, espionage so it wasn´t bad, but I didn´t think it was great, but what I did enjoy was that there are parts that are fast paced, with international travel, mainly in Europe, but with another couple of countries. It is quite slow to start and then suddenly it picks up.

I didn´t think there was a main character, it went from one to the other, with ease, but all had a similar role. The Swimmer didn´t have as much coverage and I didn´t enjoy his character much.

I read it fairly quickly on my kindle and was surprised to see that it has 423 pages, it seemed shorter than that. I also enjoyed the short chapters.

It does finish rather abruptly, which annoys me a little. I loved the cover, it is great, but the title The Swimmer, which refers to one of the characters, I didn´t think had much of a part.

It is originally written in Swedish, and the translator has done a great job.

joaquim zanderAbout this author

Born in Stockholm, Joakim Zander has lived in Syria, Israel, and the USA, before settling in Helsinki where he now lives. He studied law at Uppsala and Maastricht Universities, and his award-winning PhD thesis was published by Cambridge University Press. He now works as a lawyer for the European Union.

• Print Length: 432 pages
• Publisher: Harper (February 10, 2015)
• Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
• Language: English
Genre: spy thriller

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