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Punishment (Vik & Stubø #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  2,117 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
A serial killer is on the loose in Norway - a killer of the worst kind. He is abducting children and murdering them - in an undetectable way that confounds the police. He then returns the child's body to the mother with a desperately cruel note. Police Superintendent Adam Stubo is the unlucky man in charge of finding the killer.
Paperback, 406 pages
Published July 5th 2007 by Sphere (first published 2001)
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"Now you've got what you deserved".

Scandinavia is one of the birthplaces of crime fiction. With novels selling millions of copies from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, it is easy to see why they have attributed a loyal fan base, with many published works being adapted for the big and small screen. Novelists and Nordic natives like Jo Nesbø, Hakan Nesser and Hanning Mankell are regularly touted the best in the business.

Child abduction and murder is at the cornerstone of this novel, my first of 2017 an
Rachel Hall
Nov 21, 2016 Rachel Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Punishment (entitled What Is Mine in the US) is the first in the series which sees Detective Inspector Adam Stubo of the Oslo police pairing up with university lecturer and former FBI recruit, Johanne Vik. Already very successful in Europe, the first in this series is an absolutely enthralling novel which grasps the reader from the first few pages when a child in abducted and sets in motion a sinister sequence of abductions and murders which strikes fear into the heart of every parent in Norway. ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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What a fabulous read! Chapter one and a child is abducted, immediately the heart quickens, the tension on the page is palpable, the tension I am feeling is sky high. Works of crime fiction where the victims are children are never an easy read – Anne Holt however has managed to write her victims (and their deaths) with a sensitivity that gave me permission to continue reading and to enjoy this well written narrative.

Well rounded characters, multiple viewpoints, historical crime and curre
Oct 30, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This decidedly creepy thriller is based on the abduction of a series of children and goes back and forth between perspectives: abductor, abductee, investigator... Holt paints a chillingly normal portrait of all the characters - the villain, reluctant hero, police, children are all just normal folk. Their motivations and ultimate actions are occasionally shocking, but the characters feel like someone you know.

Although there are strands of many stories woven expertly in this novel, the main thread
Feb 22, 2015 Teri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really hate a DNF but this is definitely one I just can't make myself keep reading. I gave it a good 100 pages and it's just so hard to read. The names are hard for me so I have been renaming all the characters just to try to get the book to flow better. That didn't work though and it's just dragging along. I'm not too fond of some of the happenings in the book either so I just plain ol give up it's time to move onto something I will enjoy more.
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 Bridgette Redman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The United States has no monopoly on the thriller genre. This is something Europeans, in particular Norwegians, have known for some time. But then, they’ve been reading Anne Holt for years.

Anne Holt is one of Norway’s most successful crime writers and her most recent book What is Mine is making its U.S. debut this year.

What is Mine is a serial killer crime novel, the first in what is to be a series featuring Johanne Vik and Adam Stubo, both middle-aged professionals who are caught up in a seri
Jun 15, 2012 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
I've been reading a lot of SciFi and Fantasy lately and it's been a while since I've read any good thrillers so I decided to take a break with a Crime Fiction novel. Punishment also known as What is Mine is the first book in a Norwegian series featuring former FBI profiler Johanne Vik. What started off as an exciting story about kidnapped children and a crazed killer, only to be let down by a series of disappointing events that are too convenient and coincidental.

Joanne Vik was brought into the
Lynda Kelly
Sep 17, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this one, the first in the Vik series. I've been reading the Hanne series and greatly enjoying them and was half wishing I wouldn't get them mixed up but they're both extremely different women so there's no danger of that. One thing I did especially notice was the translator for this series goes with English spellings which I prefer.
Something I wondered at which was probably a mistake was that chapter 15 in the table of contents was written this way but all the other chapters we
Ken Fredette
Mar 02, 2012 Ken Fredette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good story. It comes from a true story that actually happened in Norway. Anne changed the story to make it readable and interesting. She did an outstanding job.
Alexandra Mills
Jan 22, 2017 Alexandra Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Definitely going to read her next one.
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
PUNISHMENT is the first in a newly translated, extremely successful series in Europe, featuring academic and former FBI profiler Johanne Vik and Detective Inspector Adam Stubo of the Oslo police.

When 9 year old Emilie goes missing her father is worried but not frantic. She'd done this once before just after her mother died. This time, they don't find her. When a little boy disappears and ultimately is returned to his parents; dead, no obvious cause of death, and a handwritten note: You Got What
Jun 25, 2010 Sharonm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the Stubo and Vik series set in Norway. Stubo is a policeman who has recently lost both his wife and daughter, and Vik is a female lecturer on criminology who has a mentally handicapped daughter. Stubo courts Vik, first professionally to help with a series of abductions and murders of children, and then personally. The developing relationship between the two is touchingly mature and characteristically (for Scandinavian literature) reserved, and it forms the backdrop for the search f ...more
Maria Beltrami
La gabbia psicologica che intrappola i protagonisti è molto ben descritta, e il loro modo di agire è decisamente norvegese: sono tutti dei benintenzionati dilettanti, perché in una società fondamentalmente esente da peccato originale come quella norvegese non ci sono molte possibilità di conoscere e far fronte a un male di qualsiasi tipo.
Forse c'è un po' troppa ingenuità nel pretendere che il serial killer dei bambini sia il figlio dell'uomo ingiustamente condannato per lo stesso delitto tanti a
Cinthia Karina  Martinez
Sep 14, 2007 Cinthia Karina Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
The book is about a serial killer with no heart . Who kidnappes little kids and than cruely kills them and than sends notes to there mother's saying " you got what you deserve " its a great book i loved it and i truly recommend it.
Feb 14, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of twists and turns. A great read.
Jun 07, 2014 Antonomasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: low price
I wanted to read crime fiction, and whilst The Murder of Halland was a good book (it was the only crime novel I had in the house, with the possible exception of the Peter Grant comic fantasy series), I craved a more traditional plot. A few years ago I enjoyed Holt's 1222, so looked for other Hanne Wilhelmsen novels, but this, the first in her Johanne Vik series, was about half the price.

This is part of the appeal of genre, patterns of events which recur like the steps of an old dance – I know I
Nov 28, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ibook, purchased
The Vik/Stubø series. 2001 Det som er mitt (What is Mine/Punishment. iBook. 5/5+++
What a writer! How is it possible I've only discovered her even though I've been reading Scandinavian authors for two decades!? The first series, I thoroughly enjoy reading. And this the Stubo/Vik series is truly excellent writing. This is the first of five and a lot of time has been given to introduction to the characters before and now, when they come into each other's lives. There are two huge cases, a cold case
Jan 19, 2017 Ceecee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Was inspired to read Anne Holt having watched the Swedish adaptation of Modus and I was not disappointed. The book is really well written with well devised characters. What I particularly liked was that it appeared as if Johanne was involved in two cases but they melded together in a way I did not see coming! Very clever. One reviewer noted that they found the Norwegian names difficult to get over and yes they are difficult for a person with next to no knowledge of any of the Scandina ...more
Jan 04, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminiscent, actually written 10 years earlier, of a current best seller made into a movie, 'The Room."
Ann Single
I was hoping for a little Nordic Noir but not much Norwegian detail. A dark light holiday read.
Aug 17, 2011 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I had not delved into Anne Holt until I heard her speak on NPR after the Norway terror massacre. A statement of hers stuck w. me: that crime writing is really a way to give commentary on society; that crime novels are great at examining the fears of a society. She was saying that Norwegians fear the random evil monster more than terrorism -- and she said that right after the massacre, but before authorities had determined the shooter/bomber was a stand-alone actor.

Anyway, th
Katherine Tomlinson
A profiler trained in the US and a Norwegian cop join forces to find the man abducting and killing children; falling in love in the process in What is Mine, the first of the Stubo and Vik series by Anne Holt, a woman who put the “Noir” in Nordic Noir.

The characters are rich with the dynamic between Adam and Johanne is intriguing and adult. The plotting is a bit convoluted, with a couple of huge coincidences at the end, but as the characters keep pointing out, Norway is a small country. This is
Quem me conhece sabe do gosto que tenho em ler este tipo de livros - thrillers, com muito mistério e adrenalina à mistura - e este tinha em si a promessa de que seria muito bom.

Confesso que apesar de ter gostado, ficou um pouco aquém das minhas expectativas.

O enredo base é excepcional, o fim é labiríntico e fabuloso. No entanto, achei que a meio do livro a autora andou a prolongar demasiado a estória sem nada a acrescentar. Além disso os nomes das personagens em norueguês fez com que por vezes t
Ubik 2.0
Oct 20, 2012 Ubik 2.0 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finiranno per soffocarla nella culla questa new wave scandinava del thriller, come uno dei poveri bambini eliminati nelle pagine di questo scombinato romanzo. E la responsabilità sarà sia degli editori che ormai pubblicano chiunque abbia la minima possibilità, secondo loro, di ripetere il miracolo (economico non certo creativo...) della buonanima di Stieg Larsson, sia dei lettori che decretano il successo ad ogni libro che abbia origine oltre il 55° parallelo.

"Quel che ti meriti" vanta una prima
Costea Constantin
«O carte inspirată de un caz real... semnată de regina romanului poliţist norvegian.» – Kirkus Review

«Povestea captivează cititorul chiar de la prima pagină, într-o trilogie interesantă ce pune în lumină schimbările produse în mentalitatea norvegiană din ultimii cincizeci de ani. Una dintre cele mai promiţătoare serii de romane poliţiste nordice.» – Le Monde du Livre

«Limbaj direct, acţiune susţinută, deznodământ surprinzător şi o portretizare subtilă a emoţiilor umane.» – USA Today

«Eroare judici
Jan Derksen
Jul 12, 2012 Jan Derksen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Noorwegen is in de ban van een gewelddadige kinderontvoerder. Er zijn al enkele slachtoffers. Van de negenjarige Emilie is het lot nog onzeker. Inspecteur Yngvar Stubø, die de zaak onderzoekt, kiest voor een onconventionele aanpak. Hij weet psychologe Inger Johanne Vik over te halen hem te helpen. Zij moet eerst de nodige aarzelingen overwinnen. Als moeder van een jonge dochter is ze bang dat ze de zaak emotioneel niet aankan. Bovendien heeft ze iets anders aan haar hoofd. Ze zoekt naar de waarh

“Now you've got what you deserved,” states the note attached to Kim Oksøy's body when it is mysteriously returned to his home. Five-year-old Kim had been taken from his bedroom during the night just six days after eight-year-old Emilie Selbu disappeared while walking home from school. Even more puzzling, Kim's autopsy failed to find a cause of death while Emilie's fate remains unknown.

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Stubo of the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) very much w
I've become addicted to Scandinavian thrillers and What Is Mine is a great addition to this shelf. I was relieved to learn it's the first book in a series, because there's much about the characters I'd like to see explored further. I'm also eager to see how the relationship between Joanna, the reluctant profiler, and Adam, the brooding detective, develops as they become more and more intwined in each other lives, both personally and professionally.

The characters are much more satisfying than the
A translation of the original Norwegian novel, What Is Mine is a suspense-thriller about a child serial killer stalking a usually low-crime town in Norway. With one child missing, and another dead, lead detective Adam Stubo turns to the only help he knows, Johanne Vik, a former FBI profiler. Yet, Johanne is apprehensive to join being already absorbed in another investigation where the suspect has fled to America. But when more children go missing, Vik (a mother of a six-year old) can no longer t ...more
Panthère Rousse
Jul 25, 2011 Panthère Rousse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: numérique
Présentation de l'éditeur
En Norvège, un serial killer est en liberté. Un tueur en série de la pire espèce. Qui séquestre les enfants et les assassine d'une manière indétectable par la police, et qui renvoie le corps de la victime à la mère avec cette note atroce : «Tu as eu ce que tu méritais.» Emilie, neuf ans et Kim, cinq ans, ont disparu. L'enquête est confiée à l'inspecteur principal Yngvar Stubo. Pour retrouver la piste du tueur, celui-ci fait appel à Inger Johanne Vik, une ex profiler du F
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Anne Holt was born in Larvik, grew up in Lillestrøm and Tromsø, and moved to Oslo in 1978. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Bergen in 1986, and went on to work for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and then the Oslo Police Department, earning her right to practice as a lawyer in Norway. In 1990 she returned to NRK, where she worked one year as a journalist and anch ...more
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