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(Vik & Stubø #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,791 ratings  ·  235 reviews
One afternoon after school, nine-year-old Emilie doesn't come home. Her father finds the backpack from her late mother, that would never be abandoned willingly. A week later, a five-year-old boy goes missing. And then another child.

Meanwhile, Johanne Vik, a former FBI profiler with a troubled past and a difficult young daughter, tries to overturn a decades-old false murde
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Published (first published 2001)
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"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
Rachel Hall
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Punishment (entitled What Is Mine in the US) is the first in the series which sees Detective Inspector Adam Stubo of the Oslo police pairing up with university lecturer and former FBI recruit, Johanne Vik. Already very successful in Europe, the first in this series is an absolutely enthralling novel which grasps the reader from the first few pages when a child in abducted and sets in motion a sinister sequence of abductions and murders which strikes fear into the heart of every parent in Norway. ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This decidedly creepy thriller is based on the abduction of a series of children and goes back and forth between perspectives: abductor, abductee, investigator... Holt paints a chillingly normal portrait of all the characters - the villain, reluctant hero, police, children are all just normal folk. Their motivations and ultimate actions are occasionally shocking, but the characters feel like someone you know.

Although there are strands of many stories woven expertly in this novel, the main thread
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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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
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The United States has no monopoly on the thriller genre. This is something Europeans, in particular Norwegians, have known for some time. But then, they’ve been reading Anne Holt for years.

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
Feb 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really hate a DNF but this is definitely one I just can't make myself keep reading. I gave it a good 100 pages and it's just so hard to read. The names are hard for me so I have been renaming all the characters just to try to get the book to flow better. That didn't work though and it's just dragging along. I'm not too fond of some of the happenings in the book either so I just plain ol give up it's time to move onto something I will enjoy more.
Книга с потенциал, замисъл и интересен край, но не особено добре написана. Оценка 2.5*
Mariella Deliyannis
Τη σειρά των Βικ και Στούμπο, την άρχισα λίγο ανάποδα, διαβάζοντας αρχικά το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς (μιας και το Μεταίχμιο άρχισε από αυτό) και διάβασα ένα χρόνο μετά (τώρα δηλαδή) το πρώτο. Στο δεύτερο βιβλίο είναι σαν να παρακολουθείς τη δεύτερη πράξη ενός θεατρικού έργου, πολύ ενδιαφέροντος μεν, αλλά που
πρέπει να έχεις δει και την πρώτη πράξη για να καταλάβεις πλήρως την ατμόσφαιρα και τα γεγονότα. Το πρώτο βιβλίο είχε δημοσιευθεί από κάποιες - νεκρές πλέον - εκδόσεις ΟΡΦΕΑΣ και μάλιστα ή
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of the Johanne Vik & Adam Stubø books, PUNISHMENT, is now available in paperback locally. An excellent crime fiction series by Norwegian author Anne Holt, this has been a series that could be (well had to be) read out of order. Now there's something compelling about being able to go back to the start, and work your way through.

Originally read by this reviewer back in 2007, when it was newly translated, PUNISHMENT is the novel that introduces an unusual investigative (ultimately per
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, thriller
I've been reading a lot of SciFi and Fantasy lately and it's been a while since I've read any good thrillers so I decided to take a break with a Crime Fiction novel. Punishment also known as What is Mine is the first book in a Norwegian series featuring former FBI profiler Johanne Vik. What started off as an exciting story about kidnapped children and a crazed killer, only to be let down by a series of disappointing events that are too convenient and coincidental.

Joanne Vik was brought into the
Lynda Kelly
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I really enjoyed this one, the first in the Vik series. I've been reading the Hanne series and greatly enjoying them and was half wishing I wouldn't get them mixed up but they're both extremely different women so there's no danger of that. One thing I did especially notice was the translator for this series goes with English spellings which I prefer.
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
Sharon Mensing
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the Stubo and Vik series set in Norway. Stubo is a policeman who has recently lost both his wife and daughter, and Vik is a female lecturer on criminology who has a mentally handicapped daughter. Stubo courts Vik, first professionally to help with a series of abductions and murders of children, and then personally. The developing relationship between the two is touchingly mature and characteristically (for Scandinavian literature) reserved, and it forms the backdrop for the search f ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibook, purchased
The Vik/Stubø series. 2001 Det som er mitt (What is Mine/Punishment. iBook. 5/5+++
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story. I love the Scandanavian crime/mystery noir and this was one of the finest. This took place in Norway. Children are disappearing and then being found dead with no apparent cause of death. A policeman seeks the help of a college professor who has written a paper on "profiling". She has had no experience in the field so to speak and things get up close and personal when she is sought out by Detective Stubo for her insights. Excellent story. I will read more by this author for su ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another mildly depressing police/detective/psychodramas from Scandinavia. I swear, despite what Marina told me, I don't think anyone in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, or Russia ever smiles let alone laughs or has a good time. But, the book is good...good like it feels after you recover from having hit your thumb with a hammer.
Ken Fredette
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good story. It comes from a true story that actually happened in Norway. Anne changed the story to make it readable and interesting. She did an outstanding job.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Antonomasia by: low price
I wanted to read crime fiction, and whilst The Murder of Halland was a good book (it was the only crime novel I had in the house, with the possible exception of the Peter Grant comic fantasy series), I craved a more traditional plot. A few years ago I enjoyed Holt's 1222, so looked for other Hanne Wilhelmsen novels, but this, the first in her Johanne Vik series, was about half the price.

This is part of the appeal of genre, patterns of events which recur like the steps of an old dance – I know I
Floor Flawless (Tussen De Boeken)
3,5 sterren. De hele tijd heb ik met het gevoel gezeten dat ik het wel een goed boek vond, maar dat ik er niet bijzonder enthousiast van werd. Toch heeft het einde mij weten te verrassen en vandaar die halve ster extra!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure about the ending but otherwise a good read.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me pareció una novela muy interesante, desde el punto de vista de la forma en que está escrita; no es que tenga nada especial, simplemente por el hecho de que cuenta cosas espeluznantes sin recrearse en ello, sin mostrar violencia.
La trama es compleja, entremezcla dos investigaciones; una que está realizando el comisario Yngvar Stubo del servicio de criminología noruego, sobre el secuestro y asesinato de unos niños, en la que pide ayuda a Inger Johanne Vik y otra que realiza ella misma sobre un
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
PUNISHMENT is the first in a newly translated, extremely successful series in Europe, featuring academic and former FBI profiler Johanne Vik and Detective Inspector Adam Stubo of the Oslo police.

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
Simona Moschini
Appena finito, mi sono rammaricata di non essere riuscita a farlo durare più di tre giorni. Il fatto è che leggerlo mi innervosiva e mi turbava - come è giusto che sia con un giallo "sociologico".
Sono un po' perplessa dai giudizi letti qua e là (nel gruppo Anobii - Norden ma non solo) su questo romanzo: chi lo trova stupendo, chi così così, chi decisamente brutto.
Non vorrei che i secondi e i terzi fossero stati più che altro condizionati dall'argomento "disturbante": non è facile leggere di cr
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Anne Holt that I have read and I was seriously impresses. It dealt with a sensitive subject, child abductions, but didn't sensationalise it. Of course with a name like Anne Holt you wouldn't think Scandinavian fiction straight away but, with a typical Scandi crime low key approach, the book sucked you in slowly. It was peopled by some pretty normal seeming characters, I loved how Vik was so reluctant to take this case on. Although there was not a huge amount of action p ...more
Maria Beltrami
La gabbia psicologica che intrappola i protagonisti è molto ben descritta, e il loro modo di agire è decisamente norvegese: sono tutti dei benintenzionati dilettanti, perché in una società fondamentalmente esente da peccato originale come quella norvegese non ci sono molte possibilità di conoscere e far fronte a un male di qualsiasi tipo.
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
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro de narrativa pausada, pero muy intrigante. Excelente caracterización de los personajes, muy creíbles. Maneja dos investigaciones en paralelo que, aunque son totalmente diferentes, con el transcurso de las páginas uno puede empezar a sospechar que tienen alguna conexión... no digo más para no echarles a perder la sorpresa... Buen desenlace, atípico para este tipo de literatura, como si la suerte interviniera para desbaratar todos los planes. Un título perfecto para la novela, aunque se desc ...more
Paul Vernon
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, the characters are believable and interesting. I have read Anne Holt before but decided to read this series after watching "Modus" which is based on one of the books in the series.
Cinthia Karina  Martinez
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
The book is about a serial killer with no heart . Who kidnappes little kids and than cruely kills them and than sends notes to there mother's saying " you got what you deserve " its a great book i loved it and i truly recommend it.
Alexandra Mills
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Definitely going to read her next one.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of twists and turns. A great read.
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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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