By Gustaf Skordeman
- The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: 'Geiger'. For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come. She knows what it means. Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple.
“Geiger” is billed as the most gripping debut thriller since ‘I Am Pilgrim’. Although I haven’t read Terry Hayes’ highly rated book, I’m not sure “Geiger” - for me personally - can live up to that or any other promoted hype. Even after an opening that does capture your attention, I soon began to lose interest and the many Swedish place names that were unpronounceable, made it very hard going. Sadly not a story I could get away with and I ended up skipping many pages. I’m sure many a Cold War thriller reader may well enjoy this debut book but on this occasion it wasn’t for me.