Review published on June 29, 2017.
This piece of Nordic noir opens with the body of an unidentified woman being discovered in the back garden of a controversial character who has some history on both sides of the law. What follows is the story told from several different perspectives via all the characters connected to the crime.
At first I thought this was going to be a stylish but standard police thriller as the key protagonists at the start are a male and female police officer investigating the case; however, very quickly the narrative switches to other characters.
This is the first Nordic thriller I have read and at times I did find recognising Norwegian names, places and references a little confusing. This meant I did have to refer back to previous chapters at times; however, that did keep me engaged and I felt the pace of the book didn’t suffer as a result. Some of the content referring to political and economic conditions in Norway was totally lost on me and I felt that didn’t add a great deal to the plot.
I did enjoy the book and really liked the technique of having so many characters who at first appeared unconnected eventually complete all elements of the story. All in all, a great read and a more thoughtful book compared to many crime novels.
Rachel Kelly 4/4
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