Munch and Krüger. An unexpected pairing. A brilliant team.
Winter 1999. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head.
Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random.
To find the killer they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer when you cannot begin to predict their next move?
Being the third instalment in Samuel Bjork’s Munch/Kruger book series you know from reading the first two books what you are letting yourself in for with this series, and this book is as brilliant as the first one, I’m Traveling Alone.
The Boy in the Headlights brings back Holger and Mia this time on the hunt for a thrill-killer, a serial killer who is choosing his victims randomly and without motive making him even harder to predict and catch.
It begins with the opening scene of a young boy with antlers on his head being found in a remote frozen forest and the story goes full circle so we find out how the young boy came to be all alone in the middle of nowhere. The storyline in-between is a fast passed, clever, multi narrative that doesn’t take its foot off the gas right up to the last page.
It does leave you wanting more and now it will be another year until we find out what the future holds for the two outstanding detectives.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series you could still jump straight into this one as it gives a slight back story, just enough so you won’t get too lost in the details, however I would recommend reading them, not only so you can follow the stories of the characters but also because they are definitely worth a read!
The Boy in the Headlights is due to be published in the UK on 21 March 2019 and is available to pre-order now.
Many thanks to the author Samuel Bjørk, publishers Random House UK, Transworld and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest, independent review.