,T 2nd in this author s Sebastien Bergman series set in Sweden and it was good but fell a little short of the brilliant first book Dark Secrets A series of murders appears to be the work of a copycat of serial killer Edward Hinde, who was put in prison 15 years ago by Bergman When the next murder connects directly to Sebastien, everything the police thought they knew is turned on it s head Even though the mystery itself was a step below last time, the vivid charactersSebastien, Vanja, To 2nd in this author s Sebastien Bergman series set in Sweden and it was good but fell a little short of the brilliant first book Dark Secrets A series of murders appears to be the work of a copycat of serial killer Edward Hinde, who was put in prison 15 years ago by Bergman When the next murder connects directly to Sebastien, everything the police thought they knew is turned on it s head Even though the mystery itself was a step below last time, the vivid charactersSebastien, Vanja, Torkel, Ursula, Billy and Haraldsson..were so well drawn again that it had me honestly caring about what happened to them I look forward to continuing with this series THE MAN WHO WATCHED WOMEN Sebastian Bergman, 2 by Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt, is a Noir thriller, a Scandinavian crime thriller that will have the reader totally gripped right up until the end.Sebastian Bergman is a psychologist, a criminal profiler and one of Sweden s top experts on serial killers.This is the first Sebastian Bergman thriller that I have read, and was not aware at first that this is part of a series I plan to go back and read book 1 called, Dark Secrets , at a THE MAN WHO WATCHED WOMEN Sebastian Bergman, 2 by Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt, is a Noir thriller, a Scandinavian crime thriller that will have the reader totally gripped right up until the end.Sebastian Bergman is a psychologist, a criminal profiler and one of Sweden s top experts on serial killers.This is the first Sebastian Bergman thriller that I have read, and was not aware at first that this is part of a series I plan to go back and read book 1 called, Dark Secrets , at a later date I feel I would have benefited from reading the two books in sequence, to gain a better grip of the characters from the beginning.The novel is set in Stockholm, Sweden s capital city, and the story opens with a savage murder of a woman in her home The national police homicide unit, known as Riksmord is investigating the murder Sebastian Bergman, psychologist and leading criminal profiler, persuades the unit to bring him back to the unit, as a consultant as it appears that this murder is similar to the serial murders fifteen years ago Sebastian was responsible for catching the killer then and feels that he can make a difference in this case The unit has no clues and before they know it there are threewomen dead It appears that these committed murders seem to copycat Edward Hinde, the serial killer jailed by psychological profiler Sebastian Bergman fifteen years ago But Sebastian has his own personal problems a real loner, and most of the unit is not eager to work with him on the case He soon discovers that there are links back to him from the victims And even those close to him could be in danger.The fact that the authors are experienced screen writers, was obvious in this novel This was like watching many episodes of Criminal Minds one of my favorite programs, a long novel at over 500 pages This would do well as a television series.The ending is definitely a cliff hanging allowing for continuation of the series I always enjoy reading Scandinavian crime thrillers, and this novel was no exception A very enjoyable read Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC copy of The Man Who Watched Women In this second outing, criminal profiler Sebastian Bergman once again finds himself working along side members of the Riksmord, Sweden s national police homicide unit based in Stockholm Bergman was once a shining star, the leading expert on serial killers More than a decade ago his work helped identify convict Edward Hinde for the ritualistic murders of 4 women HIs subsequent books earned acclaim made him a darling of the speech circuit.But since losing his wife daughter in the 2004 tsu In this second outing, criminal profiler Sebastian Bergman once again finds himself working along side members of the Riksmord, Sweden s national police homicide unit based in Stockholm Bergman was once a shining star, the leading expert on serial killers More than a decade ago his work helped identify convict Edward Hinde for the ritualistic murders of 4 women HIs subsequent books earned acclaim made him a darling of the speech circuit.But since losing his wife daughter in the 2004 tsunami, Bergman is a shell of his former self Out of work plagued by nightmares, his only conquests these days are the plethora of lonely women he pursues for one night stands His days are spent following a young woman around the city, obsessed by the startling news he received in the first book.Meanwhile, the Riksmord has moved on And its boss Torkel Hoglund has a problem Three women have been recently murdered the crime scenes are exact copies of Hinde s victims How is this possible Hinde is locked up in a secure prison with no access to the outside world The scenes are shocking with plenty of evidence left behind But Torkel his team of experts hit one dead end after another The victims appear to be have nothing in common With increasing pressure to solve the whole mess before the media catches on, Torkel turns to the expert on all things Hinde Bergman comes on board when body 4 is discovered, the link they ve been searching for becomes horribly clear This is a dark, chilling psychological thriller that pits 2 brilliant men against each other There s a slow building tension that kind of sneaks up on you Characters include the other members of Riksmord Ursula is a detached forensic expert who has history with Torkel Billy is the IT guy with ambitions of moving up the food chain Vanja is a young, confidant investigator determined to make her mark They re an eclectic mix who function well as a team but after the last case, none of them are eager to work with Bergman again And it s easy to see why Bergman is an equal opportunity offender His blunt speech lack of social graces tends to result in a trail of pissed off people left in his wake He may have lost everything that mattered but what survived is an ego that prevents him from taking responsibility for his actions or admitting he s no longer relevant The reader is privy to all of their personal lives.Tensions at home building frustration with the case start to cause small cracks in the unit as each of them deals with secrets that may be exposed by the investigation In alternating chapters, we travel with the killer as he meticulously plans carries out the horrific crimes Flashbacks from his childhood may explain hIs twisted pathology but it still makes your hair stand on end This is matched only by time spent with Hinde, the cover boy for Psychopaths Weekly Each chapter spent inside his head made me want to jump in the shower.These are interesting well developed characters None are entirely likeable all are flawed As the story progresses not only will each be deeply affected, some won t survive And just a friendly heads up Even after the case reaches a resolution, hold on tight The authors aren t done with you yet The final few pages reveal the fallout will likely carry over to the next instalment It s not as dark as Mankell or Nesbo but this is still Scandinavian noir It s also a cracking good read that will keep you glued to the sofa Another great piece of Scandinavian crime, a very enjoyable read and up there with the best I have read Edward Hinde is a psychopath who is behind bars after committing several shocking murders As a character Hinde is extremely intelligent, street smart and a man of many personas, definitely not someone you would want to meet Women are being murdered again and all of these have the markings of Edward Hinde s kills but how can this be when Hinde is behind bars Enter Sebastian Bergman, a consu Another great piece of Scandinavian crime, a very enjoyable read and up there with the best I have read Edward Hinde is a psychopath who is behind bars after committing several shocking murders As a character Hinde is extremely intelligent, street smart and a man of many personas, definitely not someone you would want to meet Women are being murdered again and all of these have the markings of Edward Hinde s kills but how can this be when Hinde is behind bars Enter Sebastian Bergman, a consultant psychologist brought in to help solve the case But Sebastian himself has his own issues and it seems that there may be a connection between Sebastian and the victims This a very strong story with an excellent plot, excellent characterisation and I loved every minute of it