Tuesday Intro: The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson

imageThis week, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. I really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson who last book, The Room, was one of my favourites of last year.  Here’s what it’s about…

27245980A passionate film buff, our hero’s life revolves around his part-time job at a video store, the company of a few precious friends, and a daily routine that more often than not concludes with pizza and movie in his treasured small space in Stockholm.

When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything will tumble into madness as he calls the hotline night and day to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country.


And here’s how it starts…

“It an incredible amount, 5,700,000 kronor. Impossible to take seriously. I assumed it must be one of those fake invoices, the sort you hear about on television and in the papers. Unscrupulous companies trying to defraud people, often the elderly, out of their money.

It was very well done. There was no denying that. The logo looked genuine, at least to me. I don’t really know, I don’t get much post, apart from the usual bills. This one looked pretty similar. Except for the amount, of course. W.R.D. it said in large letters, and the bit about conditions of payment was very convincing. The whole thing had that dry, factual tone, just like something from a genuine organization.” (proof copy)

What do you think – would keep reading?


  1. Yes, I would have to know more. Keep reading. Enjoy!

    1. So far, it’s a page turner. Here’s hoping it continues- I have high hopes.

  2. I’m liking the sound of this one. So yes, I’d definitely keep reading!

    1. I hope it’s as good as it looks. Fingers crossed.

  3. I’m intrigued! But will the quirky premise be able to sustain a whole book? You’ll need to let us know… 🙂

    1. It did the last time but it was a short book. Here’s hoping with this one x

  4. I definitely want to know more! It does sound very creepy, and as if many layers might unfold. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “DEATH AT BREAKFAST”

    1. The last book was off the wall but in a good way. You never knew quite what the truth was. I hope this is the same / as good.

  5. Can you imagine getting bill like that?! I want to know what happens next, for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Not without feeling incredibly stressed!

  6. thanks! adding it to my TBR

    1. Oh I hope you enjoy!

  7. Hard to pass up a new book by a favorite author – enjoy!!

    1. Isn’t interested? I do hope it’s as good as the last one.

  8. I’d definitely keep reading! I want to know how the whole thing works out and what the bill is for!

    1. If it’s like his last book, there may not be an answer but it should be fun getting there.

  9. I was eying this one; yes, I’d read more – great pick.

    1. I would get it if you can…so far, so good.

  10. I want to know what the bill is for – and why he’s receiving it. And how it’s the largest bill. I’d keep reading.

    1. I hope I get the answers – with The Room there was lots left to the imagination.

  11. It sounds quite fun…the book not the bill! I’m curious!

    1. No, receiving a bill like that would not have been fun but the book will be hopefully!

  12. Well that is a quirky start! Are you enjoying it?

    1. Isn’t it. Unfortunately I haven’t got as far as I’d have liked thanks to work but the bit I’ve read I’ve really enjoyed.

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