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1222 by Anne Holt
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Jul 07, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

1222 is a classic mystery with a Norwegian flavor. It tells the story of Hanne Wilhemsen, former police officer, and the other passengers of a train that is derailed 1,222 meters above sea level during a massive snowstorm. The passengers are trapped in the only hotel nearby and for each night they spend there, one murder is committed.

Hanne is paralyzed and in a wheelchair, so it was interesting to have a narrator who saw the scene and other characters from a very specific point of view. Hanne is a refreshingly honest narrator. She intentionally throws up walls to keep others away from her. She freely admits her prejudices towards certain passengers trapped with her. And as the book goes on, we begin to see her personality thaw with the weather.

For me, this book read like a cross between The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and a classic Agatha Christie mystery. The writing was fresh and modern. The scene undeniably Scandinavian. The mystery populated with twists and turns that were unexpected. The characters vividly drawn.

There's not much more to say about this book other than this: if you're looking for an engaging mystery that is not your run of the mill thriller, 1222 fits the bill. It will keep you guessing until the very end. It will make you feel like the one hundred degree heat outside is far away. It might even make you want to revisit the classics that books like this one are built on. It made a perfect summer distraction for this reader.
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