Thank You very much to the publisher – Zaffre for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 21 03 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £18.99 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Hardback $11.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: 7/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned more about Sweden and life in isolated areas.
Description of the book: A case as cold as the season. A profiler who can’t remember. A killer ready to strike again.
Psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön and her partner, investigator Peter Lindgren are invited to the small, sleepy industrial town of Ormberg to investigate a cold case: ten years earlier a five-year-old girl’s remains were found in a cairn near the town.
But when a recurring memory problem resurfaces, Hanne struggles to keep track of the case. She begins keeping a diary, noting down everything she is likely to forget to keep up appearances so she doesn’t lose her job.
When the body of a woman is found at the cairn and one of Hanne’s shoes is found nearby covered in the victim’s blood, can Hanne’s diary hold the key to what happened? How does this new murder connect to their old one?
How can you put together what happened when the pieces keep fading away?
How this book made me feel: I really loved the cover of this book, it was mysterious and incredibly well designed. I don’t really understand why the blurb concentrate on Hanne, she was quite a silent character in this book.
The protagonists in this book would be Malin and Jake, and the book is told mainly from their perspectives. Malin is a police officer, who grew up in an isolated town called Ormberg, and is back with her colleagues, to investigate a murder, that happened years ago. Jake is a teenage schoolboy, who loves dressing up in woman’s clothes, and by accident, gets hold of Hanne’s diary. I really liked most of the characters in this book, and I loved to read their personal and intriguing stories. I really liked the way Camilla Grebe shared the story of not only the main but supporting characters as well.
The narrative of this book was interesting, but it lacked suspense and excitement. Especially, the investigation part. Sometimes the chapters really dragged, particularly Malin’s parts. Her parts lacked intrigue, and her thoughts became quite repetitive after a while. I really enjoyed Jake’s parts, his secret life, his thoughts and snippets from Hanne’s diary, held this book together. The topics discussed were dementia and how the person feels while having it, bullying, sexual confusion, refugee situation from native’s perspectives, and many more.
The setting of this book is cold, gloomy, quite claustrophobic and depressing. The plot is set in the middle of forests full of snow, so it is perfect for winter lovers. 😀 The writing style was pleasant and easy to read and I could feel the Scandinavian writing vibes. (If you have read Nordic noir, you will understand what I am talking about 😀 ) The chapters have decent length and didn’t leave me bored. The ending of the book was quite unexpected and I really enjoyed how the author concluded the events.
So, to conclude, it is a good Nordic noir thriller, filled with complex personalities and very important and sensitive topics. I would recommend this book to Scandi noir lovers, who enjoy secluded places, forests and lots of snow. 😀 Do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Camilla Grebe is a Swedish writer. She was born in Älvsjö and was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics. She was co-founder of the audiobook publishing firm Storyside and served as its CEO.
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