Punishment (Vik & Stubø #1)
"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 ...more
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 ...more
Although there are strands of many stories woven expertly in this novel, the main thread ...more
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 ...more
Joanne Vik was brought into the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is part of the appeal of genre, patterns of events which recur like the steps of an old dance – I know I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Quel che ti meriti" vanta una prima ...more
«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 ...more
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...more
Detective Chief Inspector Adam Stubo of the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) very much w ...more
The characters are much more satisfying than the ...more
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 ...more