Category Nordic Noir Book Review

A multiplicity of female characters – Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir – #Giveaway

What Lilja does so well in her writing is tell an exciting, terrifyingly realistic human story through a multiplicity of female characters. The story is revealed through the roles of women; lover, hard worker, caring mother, controlling mother, scared wife, dying wife, alpha female and totally mental double-crossing psychopathic control freak.  I can’t recall another […]

Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen – A review

‘Reidar Rongved was around forty with dark-blond hair and stikingly thick glasses. It struck me that that might have been why he had chosen the bass: the instrument was big enough for him to see.’ (Big Sister, Gunnar Staalesen p197) Big Sister is a book which is concerned with a missing person’s case and just […]

Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum #bookreview #Norway

Barry Forshaw rates Norway’s Karin Fossum highly as a writer and this is the starting point for me picking up this book.  Don’t Look Back is a police procedural set in small town Norway.  First a young child named Ragnhild goes missing then young woman, Annie Holland, is found dead under strange circumstances at a […]

The Ice Swimmer (with extract) by Norway’s Kjell Ola Dahl #bookreview

In 2016 it was announced that the UK’s Orenda Books had a 2 book deal with Norwegian author Kjell Ola Dahl.  Published  in 14 countries and winner of numerous prizes his books are popular around the world.  The Ice Swimmer (translated by Don Bartlett) is the second of these books and we were lucky to receive an […]

Killed by Thomas Enger #bookreview

Last weekend at Granite Noir, a crime writing festival in Aberdeen, Norwegian author Thomas Enger officially launched Killed.  I want to share with you the satisfaction of reading the fifth and final book in the Henning Juul series, a Norwegian best seller. Henning Juul, a journalist, is driven to discover why his son died.  He […]

Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen #bookgiveaway #giveaway

Dear Varg Your lawyer told me that you have been arrested and are being held in prison for something unimaginable.  I hope this letter gets to you eventually. I can’t believe that they would think you have anything to do with a child pornography ring. You are a former social worker. Are they mad? Who […]

Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl

“The sun coming through the window made it difficult to see the writing on the screen. Gunnarstranda drew the curtain. Then his mobile beeped. It was a text from Tove. She wanted to know which version of ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ he liked best.  What sort of question was that? There were loads of […]

Out On The Ice by Grant Nicol

Grant Nicol is an author who follows the story. Wherever it takes him, and he won’t stop until the story is firmly expressed in words. To start with, after several trips to the land of ice and fire he settled in Reykjavík and produced three books: On A Small Island, The Mistake and A Place […]

Thomas Enger’s Ultimate Terror

Norwegian author Thomas Enger caught my attention in Reykjavik at the Iceland Noir festival with a description of his ultimate terror. The whole room was silent and captivated as he described his. It was a spellbinding moment and I knew I had to read his books. The terror Enger described at Iceland Noir was the […]

The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto

‘Many times during the course of his life he had wondered what was ultimately true and what was false. What was reality and what merely illusion, and how much of it was nothing but a web of words and thoughts in our own brains, a tapestry of our own making.’ (The Exiled, p.177) Our protagonist […]