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Kult by Stefan Malmstrom


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?

Fans of The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jo Nesbø and Will Dean will love this dark and gripping début thriller.

NOTE: KULT is inspired by shocking and tragic real events.

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Author Bio

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.

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My Review

5 Stars

This story starts off with Luke Bergmann discovering that his best friend Victor and his four year old daughter are dead. Everyone thinks it’s a murder suicide but Luke knows there has to be anther explanation. With other bodies start showing up Luke can see a connection and decides to find the killer. But secrets from the past are resurrected and Luke is going to have to face his own dark past.

This book is one heck of a ride from the dramatic beginning to the surprising end. Luke ahs a dark past that he rose above but with the death of Victor he teeters on the edge. But as he starts looking in to Victor’s life he discovers a cult. What follows is an insane trip through a hellish wonderland of nightmare.

But the part that really got me about this book was that it based on Stephan’s own experience with a cult. To know that he went through this and so much more just put more of an edge to this story. I admit that I have though why would people join a cult and go to the lengths that a normal person deems ridiculous. Here is a great story that will shed a little more light on cults.

This is an amazing and dark read. If you like thrillers you will enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read more from Stephan Malmstrom.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sarah at Book on the Bright Side for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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