Kult by Stefan Malmstrom Silver Tail Books September 5th 2019
HE PAST WILL NEVER LET YOU GO…
When a four-year-old girl and her father are found dead in the Swedish city of Karlskrona, the police quickly conclude it was a murder-suicide, a tragedy requiring no further investigation.
But Luke Bergmann, a reformed criminal still haunted by his violent past, believes they are wrong. The dead man, Viktor, was his best friend, and Luke knows he would never commit such a horrific crime.
When more bodies turn up, Luke is certain the same killer has struck again. Alone, he embarks on an investigation which reaches back through decades to his friend’s involvement with a sinister cult and dark secrets are exposed as Luke struggles to keep his own long-buried demons hidden away.
And when Luke finds himself in a killer’s sights, his search for the truth becomes the fight of his life.
Can Luke get justice for Viktor and his daughter and prove his best friend was not a murderer, or will the shadows of the past overwhelm him?
The secretive world of Scientology was opened up in Malmstrom’s novel Kult. Based on his own experiences it was eye opening, its manipulative tactics shocking, its brain washing techniques horrifying.
It made you wonder how such famous actors and personalities had become so involved.
For those that escaped life would never be as it was, time as a Scientology never forgotten by some. This was the basis of Malmstrom’s novel as Luke attempted to come to terms with the supposed suicide of his best friend and daughter.
Luke was a wonderful character, not squeaky clean, a past embedded in the criminal gangs of America, but now on the straight and narrow. I liked his dogged determination to prove the police wrong that his friend would never kill his daughter.
Trouble was always going to follow Luke and Malmstrom certainly didn’t give him an easy ride and it made for compelling reading, The ease with which he flipped between the past and the present helped fill in the background, until he merged the two strands together to a dramatic conclusion.
Malmstrom didn’t spare any details in the crimes committed and some may find it uncomfortable reading. It was however relevant and timely, never for effect or sensationalism.
Kult was a shocking, compelling read, written with restraint and skill and Malmstrom is another author to add the ever growing list of Nordic writers.
I would like to thank Silvertail Books for a copy of Kult to read and review and to Books On The Bright Side for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Stefan Malmström is a former news journalist who has worked for Sveriges Radio and Swedish TV4. Today he works as a consultant, lecturer and author. At a young age, Stefan was manipulated into the Church of Scientology in Hässleholm, a small town in southern Sweden. KULT, his first book, is based on his experiences in the cult. Stefan lives in Karlskrona in Sweden with his family.