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1222 by Anne Holt
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: series, nordic-noir, scandanavian, mystery, fiction, 2012-individual-challenge
Read from April 09 to 12, 2012

I loved Anne Holt's 1222. (note: I tend to give 5 star ratings only to books that are to me major works of art, however idiosyncratically I define that word, or so deeply beloved and/or life-changing it would feel petty to withhold that last star; mystery novel rarely satisfy that standard for me, however unfair that may be)

I particularly loved Hanne Wilhelmsen, a former police detective who was left paralyzed from the waist down in the course of an arrest. She has since withdrawn from the world (not appearing to have been a social butterfly even at her best), retreating behind a surly, brittle surface from which she reaches out only to her lover and their little girl (conceived by betrayal and despite Hanne's proclamation that she wanted no children; however, she has turned out happy with the result and has forgiven her lover). Hanne is highly intelligent, as critical of her self as she is of others, caustic and highly interesting.

1222 is the eighth book in the series-and the only one I have found so far in English (the first book has been translated and is to be released soon). Luckily, I kind of like being dropped in the middle of series and trying to solve not only the mystery of the given story but the mystery of the backstories as well.

On her way to see an American specialist because of complications resulting from her paralysis, Hanne's train derails in the Norwegian mountains in the midst of a snowstorm/hurricane. Only the driver is killed and the 200 or so passengers are taken in at a nearby hotel. The claustrophobia of their isolation in the cold, snow-filled mountains quickly takes its toll, only to be exponentially increased by the murder of first one and then another "guest."

I found the mystery interesting (although the ending slightly disappointing), the book well-written (or at the very least well-translated) and well-paced-it sustained my interest throughout-and the characters well-drawn and intriguing.

But above all, I was drawn to the prickly Hanne. She is the major reason I can't wait to read another in this series. I look forward to seeing her with her family and at work on another case.

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Reading Progress

04/09/2012 page 112
37.0% "Love the highly acerbic heroine but all that wind & snow is making me cold! (just kidding-really like this one so far)"
04/11/2012 page 231
77.0% "I'm usually more interested in character than plot but I'm becoming quite interested in the who and the why."
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Marts  (Thinker) Hi Ellie, this sounds quite exciting, I await your review of it...

Ellie I'm really enjoying it-Hanne is a riot (in a tragic sort of way).

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Marts  (Thinker) Gonna have to check the bookstore for this one...

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