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What Never Happens (Vik & Stubø #2)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  1,035 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Something terrifying is happening all over Oslo: celebrities are turning up dead in the most macabre of situations. A talk show host is found with her tongue cut out, a politician crucified with a copy of the Koran stuffed inside of her, a literary critic stabbed in the eye. It's clear that the killer is sending some sort of message-but what is he trying to say? Police Com ...more
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Published February 13th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2004)
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Όχι,σίγουρα δεν μπορεί να είναι αλήθεια πως το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο ήταν ΤΟΣΟ κατώτατο των προσδοκιών μου!Τέτοια απογοήτευση από αστυνομική λογοτεχνία εκ Σκανδιναβίας δεν έχω ξαναζήσει!

Από πού να ξεκινήσω;Από τους ήρωες,που δεν ήταν ούτε κατά διάνοια σκιαγραφημένοι έτσι όπως έπρεπε,ώστε ο αναγνώστης να μπορέσει να τους γνωρίσει αρκετά για να σχηματίσει άποψη;Από την ηρωίδα,που τη βρήκα μία από τις πιο ΕΚΝΕΥΡΙΣΤΙΚΕΣ που διάβασα ποτέ;! Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι το δεύτερο μιας σειράς βιβλίων με το συγκε
Rachelle Urist
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Lukasz Pruski
"What Never Happens" is the second book by Norwegian Anne Holt that I read. I liked the first one, "What Is Mine" a lot and gave it four stars. I wish I could like this book too, but I cannot. Perhaps it is my fault. I can't stand the irritating manner of writing where almost throughout the entire book Adam Stubo, the police detective, and Johanne Vik, his wife and a "profiler", talk about the case in the middle of dealing with their children, their dog, their meals, and their domestic chores. M ...more
What Never Happens is the second offering in Anne Holt’s series featuring Johanne Vik, a former profiler trained by the FBI, and Adam Sturbo with Norway’s NCIS Unit. When the story opens, Johanne and Adam are now married with a brand new baby girl. Adam is at home on a month’s paternity leave, helping his wife care for their expanded family which also includes his stepdaughter, Kristiane, who suffers from an undiagnosed autistic-like disorder. However, when a television celebrity host is found d ...more
I am really surprised at how much I ended up liking this book, because I really had low expectations and I don't even know why.

The best thing about this book are the characters and the character-driven plot. I liked the slow convolutions that made Yngvar Stubo and Inger Johanne Vik arrive to the solution to the crimes (and by the way, why did they change the name of the main characters in English?), although I knew for once what would come next. And I liked the changes in what characters felt or
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A mentally disturbed killer with no motive , a secret that in the end remains a secret ( not that I care what it is) clues that navigate the heroes but seems totally unnecessary for the reader and in the end a very disappointing read.
Non ricordo un granché del primo libro... a parte che tutti si danno del tu. Però non è fondamentale, visto che il primo caso è solo citato come motivo dell'incontro dei due protagonisti. La Norvegia continua a sembrarmi ancora abbastanza aliena, legata alla politica e ai fatti sociali quasi e quanto la Svezia... almeno non ci sono riferimenti troppo forti alla storia locale (completamente sconociuti a noi). Ma, nonostante il riserbo con cui affronti le opere nordiche, posso dire che non mi è di ...more
Lynda Kelly
This was probably my least favourite one by this author so far although I'll stick with the series. I think I prefer her Hanne series as I find her more likeable. Johanne was all a bit too strange for me in this one. I wanted to give her a slap at times and I wondered how poor Adam managed !! I have bought number 3 but if I still don't like it as much I'll drop her and stick with the one series.
There seemed to be more lost in translation in this one, too. You expect some, of course, but this was
Drusie's Biblio
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Era da un po' che sentivo parlare di quest'autrice e, grazie ad uno scambio su Anobii, ho potuto anche 'conoscerla'.
Direi che questa prima lettura mi ha positivamente impressionato, non del tutto, ma abbastanza da volerle concedere altre chance.
Ci troviamo davanti un assassino spietato e terribile, ma , soprattutto, imprendibile. Non commette errori, non si fa mai cogliere impreparato e rimane incomprensibile. La stessa pr
Buono lo scavo psicologico dei personaggi. Il finale lascia un po' perplessi, l'idea in sé (che non scrivo!) non é male, é che lascia aperta la porta del dubbio: quello di lasciare in sospeso per invogliare a comprare il libro seguente.
C'é da dire che dei tanti nordici giallisti esplosi negli ultimi tempi la Holt fa la sua bella figura.
Joana Vieira
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I’m a free elf! No, but seriously, I finally managed to finish What Never Happens by Anne Holt! I borrowed it from a friend of mine because the cover caught my attention, the blurb sounded really interesting and in Portuguese the book’s called Twilight in Oslo, which is a beautiful name…oh, how wrong I was.

The only reason why I didn’t give it a one star was because I did finish it (maybe it’s just because I’m curious and stubborn) and I read the last 50 pages or so at th
Kenneth Fredette
It was a very complex mystery involving 4 cases. If I say anything else I'd give it away. It is worth reading.
La fin m'a laissée sans voix, une fin intelligente qui éblouit !
Creepy and well done.
[3.5] Another serviceable Norwegian police procedural from Holt, with a UK title ill-suited for the second in an ongoing series, and featuring a highly improbable crime. (I've read so few serious crime novels in adulthood, that I hadn't quite twigged before that this is actually what the genre's about even in its grittier forms: after all with most real cases, there wouldn't be enough mystery to fill a 350 page novel.)

There is realism of a sort though: four years have elapsed since the previous
Layla Strohl
I received a copy of the publisher's proof so I didn't actually read the final printed edition. With that said, I sure hope whoever reviewed that proof sent it back to Anne Holt with serious markups. The premise is decent, a serial killer on the loose is targeting Norway's celebrities and killing them in violent, gruesome ways. The book was vivid and graphic in certain scenes (usually the gory ones) but completely vague and disoriented everywhere else. One major problem is it's a little hard to ...more
PROTAGONIST: Adam Stubo and Johanne Vik
SERIES: #3 of 3
RATING: 2.75

Over the past few years, I've become a huge fan of books set outside the US and UK. At the moment, it seems like Scandinavian authors are experiencing a publishing revolution outside of their own countries. Henning Mankell, Arnaldur Indridason, Karin Fossum and many more fine authors have built a worldwide readership as a result. WHAT NEVER HAPPENS is the second book to be released in the United States by Anne Holt,

Adam Stubo and Johanne Vik are a couple that met in an earlier book in this series by Scandinavian writer Anne Holt. Vik is a profiler with a prickly nature, and a complicated past. Stubo is a Police Superintendent with a gentler, kinder nature and a tragic background. Vik is hard to develop a personal liking for, Stubo's much easier. In THE FINAL MURDER their personal partnership has progressed a long way - the leave that Stubo is called back from is his paternity leave - Johanne has just given

I enjoyed reading what happens next to academic profiler Johanne and Adam Stubo, who have married since their first book. (And I'm glad author skipped over their courtship to simply present them as married.)

My observations:

1) It's a cliff-hanger. Can't yet find, but also can't wait to read, the final book of this purported trilogy -- since baddy, novelist Wencke Berger, threatens Johanne in the last chapter of "What Never Happens."

Book is about the difficulty of solving a
Shonna Froebel
This is an interesting mystery from a Norwegian author, and part of a series, although this is the first one I've read.
When a famous woman TV show host is killed and her tongue has been cut out and displayed on the desk in front of her, the media is agog. The police, led by Adam Stubo, struggle to find motives and suspects in the crime. When a second woman is killed, this time an up-and-coming politician, the police are unsure whether the crimes are committed by the same person. Stubo calls on h
Anne Holt's novels, each I have read- so far- each one of them hold a surprise. With all the who-dun-it's and every slice of mystery crossover out there, you would think that the odd angle or original slant would be nearly impossible to achieve- a singular difference born. But she does it.

And she did it again here. Especially with the ending.

No spoilers. This book is completely entrenched within the family life of Adam and Johanne, and their friends and relatives and every level of associate. Y
"Crepúsculo en Oslo" de Anne Holt ha sido el primer libro que leí en este 2013. Para ser sincera, me había mantenido un poco al margen de la literatura de crímenes escandinava, sin embargo, este libro llamó mi atención. El título en Noruego es "Det som aldri skjer" que no tiene nada que ver con la traducción al español (sería algo así como "Lo que nunca sucede"). Forma parte de una serie de títulos que narran los casos resueltos por la pareja Yngvar Stubo - Inger Johanne Vik. Él, es un detective ...more
I thought The Final Murder an enjoyable read. The plot was good - a killer is targeting famous people in Oslo and leaving behind various disturbing symbols. The book opens with the murder of a talk-show host who is found with her tongue removed from her body and left on her desk, cleaved in two. It’s an interesting “serial killer” plot, and the passages interspersed in the book taking the killer’s point of view were well done and satisfactorily oblique.

I also liked the main detective, Superinten
C'est vraiment un bon roman policier. Le style pourrait irriter certains lecteurs puisque l'enquête n'avance pas en faisant du porte-à-porte habituel ou en analysant les indices. Il s'agit plutôt d'un polar "intellectuel". Le commissaire Yngvar Stubø a la chance d'être marié à Inger Johanne Vik qui a suivi une formation de profiler. L'enquête en elle-même se passe en majeure partie chez eux autour d'un verre de vin. L'action est moindre, le rythme plutôt lent mais ce polar est tellement bien con ...more
Ho fatto fatica a leggere questo libro..l'ho trovato lento, soprattutto nella parte iniziale, non riusciva a prendermi, a coinvolgermi..e a un certo punto non vedevo l'ora di arrivare alla fine perché ero stufa e volevo cambiare trama in sé non è male, ma forse è lo stile dell'autrice a essere un po' pesante..proverò a leggere qualcos'altro di suo in futuro per vedere com'è.
Unlike many of the other critics of this book I thoroughly like Johanne Vik and hope to learn more about her in the future. I enjoyed the mystery also and am afraid it's far to likely to happen. Apparently they are giving different titles to English translations of Anne Holt's books--that is one thing I wish they wouldn't do. But anyway if you enjoy Nordic noir this would be your cup of tea.
Disturbing story with a disturbing ending, featuring a series of murders of celebrities. Adam/Yngvar Stubo (why change his name for the translation?) more or less seems to rely on his instinct to identify the murderer, but fails to prove his case, and not only does the perpetrator seem to have got away with it, there is a nasty threat at the end. The events take place four years after the previous book in the series, and Adam and Johanne are now married with a new baby. Lots of domestic detail ( ...more
Aka The Final Murder.

This was not nearly as compelling as the first book in the series. Vik was a bit strange and hard to relate to as she very reluctantly assisted with the investigation. A bit flat but OK.
Mijn eerste Anne Holt boek en een zeer geslaagde kennismaking. Het boek had me na 10 bladzijden al te pakken en ik kon het amper meer wegleggen. De twee moorden die aan het begin van het boek gepleegd worden drijven Ynvgar Stubo en zijn collega`s tot het uiterste van hun kunnen. Inger Johanne word door haar man meegetrokken in het onderzoek. Zij is een profiler en heeft haar opleiding genoten bij de FBI. Zij komt achter de verbanden tussen de moorden en daardoor komt de waarheid boven water, maa ...more
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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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