What Never Happens (Vik & Stubø #2)
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...more
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...more
C'é da dire che dei tanti nordici giallisti esplosi negli ultimi tempi la Holt fa la sua bella figura.
SERIES: #3 of 3
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,...more
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...more
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.)
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...more
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...more
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...more
I also liked the main detective, Superinten...more
The plot is intriguing from the outset and develops smoothly and the writing generally good.
I think I will read some more Anne Holt but may avoid the Vik-Stubo series, unless reviews convince me otherwise.
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?
The book, for the most part, is enjoyable. I liked the basic idea for the plot but hated, just like with the previous book of the series, that the resolution felt contrived and a little bit too convenient.
I give it three stars because it kept me amused and was an easy read.