The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

The Girl Who Saved the King of SwedenThe Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Originally published February 15th, 2015
Well, I like happy endings, so that was good. But I’m starting to think “The 100 Year Old Man…” used up my supply of suspension of disbelief, because this is the second book I’ve read since then in this particular vein and none of them are as good as the first. It’s just become too much to take the endless coincidences seriously. Nombeko is tough and spectacular, and literally the heroine of the story, which is a refreshing change from books where even if the hero is female she still needs to be rescued by a man. Jonasson has awesome men and terrible men, great women and horrible women. But every page is peppered with the kind of once in a lifetime coincidences that used to be the purview of writers who didn’t have the skills/experience to make their stories believable, or break them out of their molds. So I guess Jonasson’s plot-related liberties could be viewed as a sort of satire on that kind of writing? Purposely writing a story full of cliches and ridiculous metaphors, so over the top it’s comical? Or I could be reading too much into it. Maybe he just likes ridiculous.

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