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Effekten af Susan

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,201 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Susan Svendsen har en effekt på folk, som ingen andre: Hun er nærmest et sandhedsserum i sig selv, og alle mennesker betror sig til hende.

Peter Høeg står bag spændingsromanen “Effekten af Susan”, der fører den ellers helt almindelige Susan ud på noget af en mission.

Susan kommer til at slå en skuespiller ned i et indisk kasino, og nu får hun brug for en hurtig redning, hvis
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 23rd 2014 by Rosinante (first published January 2014)
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This is an intense and thrilling dystopian crime fiction from Peter Hoeg, set in Copenhagen, Denmark. Susan, and husband, Laban and their twin 16 year old children, Harald and Thit have spent a year in India and every single one of them is in serious trouble. To avoid prison and other charges, Thorkeld Hegn, an extremely powerful man, offers to make all their troubles disappear if Susan will do him a favour. They return to Copenhagen and their family home, and Susan who has a gift for making ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jeez. Megalomania detached from reality. The author should seek professional help.

The "special ability" of Susan is quite intriguing...

If only (genius) Claire North had written this book, instead of Høeg ! Wow!

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

By far the most irritating thing about this book is the author has a complete and utter disrespect of science and natural laws. Truly insulting.
Truth is to “truthiness”
as Science is to This
Katja Tormanen
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed the earlier Hoeg books, and I really liked the first 3/4 of this book, too. After that I felt there was too much going on, new characters coming and having a major role in the story - but I admit I might not be clever enough to get everything that was going on in the book ;) I quite like the superwoman like main character (typical in a way to Hoeg) who gets away with everything and especially I liked the very ordinary old neighbour lady who turns out to get surprised by nothing ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are lots of reviews of this book, some even favourable, so I’m using that fact to justify not bothering to write much of one myself. Much like I couldn’t be bothered to persevere with this largely (to me, at least) incomprehensible and essentially strange and rather silly novel.
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Hoeg did not fail me. He usually doesn't.

Once again this was a book you must read with one go. Thrilling, interesting, compelling, complex... and all that in a very entertaining format. Let alone the topical dystopia message which was in the essence of the adventurous conspiracy story.

I hope readers will see that the forecasts made by the fictious "future fellowship" are absolutely relevant in our world today. Prophecies in their own right. Anybody can see and nobody does anything truly
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Too much of everything in this book and it makes it "not-balanced" or even "blurred". What is the main idea of the book? Susan's effect and how we would live our lives if we were sincere and open? Or "our rotten society" Family relations?
I read the book quickly as it is well written and the author manages to keep one's attention with interesting descriptions and unexpected developments of the plot. But on the whole: too many separate, side stories which maybe makes reading interesting but it
miss.mesmerized mesmerized
Susan Svendsen is everything but an ordinary woman. And she and her family are in danger. She is offered a bad deal by the Danish government: use her special ability to provide them with an important information to have all charges against her dropped. Thinking of her twin kids, she has to agree and thus brings herself and her family even more in danger. But what is it about her gift? In Susan’s presence, everybody feels relaxed and comfortable, people cannot keep from sharing their best ...more
Helen Varley
with themes of climate change, conspiracy, surveillance and greed this is a good & timely read. there are plenty of quirky characters (at times it feels that høeg is trying just a bit too hard to be quirky) and a racing plot that goes in so many twists & tangents that it's impossible to keep up. there is a large cast of not always very distinguishable characters, at times i had trouble remembering who was who. at the end of the book i found myself wondering why so many of them had met ...more
Keith Currie
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Susan’s feeling for empathy

I really liked Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, so I really liked this. Why? Because it follows a very similar narrative arc. Imagine a Smilla who is a married mother in her early 40s and you have Susan. Like Smilla, Susan has a gift; when people are with her, they cannot help but confess the truth and reveal their feelings. Her talented, difficult family, composer husband, 16 years old twin boy and girl, also have gifts and together they fight an anarchic war
David Haberlah
The first third of the book is intriguing. The main characters are interesting, the tension is building fast, the "effect" is promising, the "future commission" mysterious. As the plot unfolds, new characters enter the stage and things turn awkward. The characters become increasingly bizarre and unrealistic. The connections between individual characters and the plot becomes forced, strenuous and increasingly unbelievable. In the course of events, the main character interestingly looses depth and ...more
Marina Sofia
I loved the premise of this and the frankly quite unlikable characters, which felt like they were a satire of present-day self absorption and lack of connection. And of course Susan gets people to talk instead of just staring at their mobile phones - which is a pleasing conceit. And you can't fault Hoeg for lack of pacing or revealing an intriguing mystery.
It does go off track at the end - bit too much of a conspiracy theory for something that is not all that surprising or shocking, even a
As much as I wanted to like this book, it just didn’t work for me. It’s funny, it’s witty, it’s original, the author deserves me liking it. But I didn’t, at all. I even couldn’t completely finish it. And I think the reason is that I had absolutely no click with the main characters. They were sarcastic, observing, unemotional robots. And even when the main person, Susan, did get emotional, it felt weird, unreal. As she has the power to make everyone trust her, to tell her everything that’s ...more
Ruth Gilbert
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Great central character (a bit reminiscent of Ms Smilla) and an entertaining family.
And it's a thriller. Wonderful.
Susan is a physicist. The Susan Effect is that the people she meets want to confide in her and in doing so they will tell her the truth, which is useful in uncovering secrets.
The Future Commission were a government group who seemingly could provide accurate predictions of wars and other wide scale acts of violence. They voluntarily disbanded themselves in 2018. Susan and the immediate members of her rather strange family are each facing long prison sentences for various unusual misdemeanours.
Breakaway Reviewers
May the (Danish) Force be with you...

This crime thriller has been translated from the original Danish and as much credit should be given to the translator, Martin Aitkin, as to the author. Not since I read “Perfume” by Patrick Süskind many years ago has such a good job being done in my opinion.

Susan Svendsen is married to Laban and they have two 16-year-old children, twins Thit and Harald. The story commences at the point where they have returned from a year in India where they all have
Elaine Tomasso
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for an advance copy of The Susan Effect, a conspiracy thriller set in Copenhagen.

Susan Svendsen and her family are rescued from trouble and potential jail time in India by Thorkild Hegn who promises to make all the charges go away if Susan will do him the small favour of using her ability to get people to open up to her to interview Magrethe Spliijd and find the minutes of the last 2 Future Commission meetings and the names
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A family returns from India in various forms of trouble ranging from criminal (Susan and her son Harald) to the socially unacceptable (the daughter Thit, and the husband - separately!) Susan is a physicist, married to Laban a star music composer and conductor and together they have 16 year old twins. Susan returns to Copenhagen where the powerful Thorkeld Hegn offers her a way out of their problems and a return to normal life - All she has to do is find out the names of some individuals who ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Susan has a special talent She's an expert in getting people to tell her secrets.They Can't resist confiding in her. But now she's on the verge of a prison sentence plus her whole family are in danger

But then she gets a hard to resist offer. Use her powers one more time and get all charges dropped. To get her life she has to track down the last of a secret think tank, the Future Committee, and the details of their final report. But there are powerful people working against her trying to ensure
Susan Foulkes
This was an interesting and, at times, compelling read but it left me feeling dissatisfied.

The book began well, and tension began to mount, but the quality of the writing deteriorated, and the characters became more and more bizarre with only tenuous links to the plot.

I'm not sure what the author intended this to be, but there were so many tropes that it became confusing.

The book started with a dysfunctional family, in India. It was never explained why they were in India.
It appeared that the
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was so disappointing. I thought I was in for a roller-coaster of a ride and instead I felt like I was reading about paint drying.

About halfway through I realised I didn't care about the story at all. I wasn't bothered about the plot, the characters (who all sound the EXACT same, by the way), or the ending.

This should have been great! The concept is unique and exciting, but the execution of it left A LOT to be desired. Most of the time, I didn't even understand what was going on. I
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ry Herman
A Danish family that shares a poorly delineated superpower (it is either useless or unstoppable depending on the needs of the plot at any given moment) bumbles around making incomprehensible decisions while the central mystery kindly solves itself for them by coincidence. Character motivations make no sense, there's an elaborate backstory that is to some extent never adequately explained and to some extent completely unbelievable, and the science all seems to be nonsense. This was not good.
Of course my expectations were high since it was said to be a new "Smilla". To read Smillas sense of snow was to be swept away in something then new and exiting. This is definitely NOT a new Smilla. The carachters have no life and the plot is boring. This is at the most a good try which never should have been published. Peter Hoeg can do much much better. ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Susan is a physicist in contemporary Copenhagen where I meet her in conversation with Andrea Fink, a Nobel Prize winning physicist who had once worked with Niels Bohr. Andrea is dying but she has an urgent task for Susan who has been brought back from a prison on the border with Burma by Thorgild Hegn who was once Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of Justice. Her twin children, aged sixteen are still in danger, Harald under arrest near Nepal and Thit having run away with a priest from a
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A family returns from India in various forms of trouble ranging from criminal (Susan and her son Harald) to the socially unacceptable (the daughter Thit, and the husband - separately!) Susan is a physicist, married to Laban a star music composer and conductor and together they have 16 year old twins. Susan returns to Copenhagen where the powerful Thorkeld Hegn offers her a way out of their problems and a return to normal life - All she has to do is find out the names of some individuals who ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The Susan Effect is a long-winded, confusing story of Susan; a woman with a special ability that makes people be completely honest and open with her. When people fall under "The Effect", they feel compelled to tell Susan things about themselves; things they've never told anyone else, secrets and their true feelings. Over the years Susan has learned to exploit her ability to build the life she wants for herself and her family. Her husband Laban has his own "ability" that he can combine with ...more
Travis High
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for fans of disaster fiction and/or apocalyptic predictions of where human society is going (thermonuclear war, climate change, massive refugee flows), but also of what kind of response or preparation people (governments) ought to be doing. There is a thriller, cat-and-mouse orientation to the plot.

Susan Svendsen, the main character, has a supernatural ability to elicit the truth from people. It's an ability that is not always intentional - sometimes accidental. The "Susan
Katherine Sunderland
The novel is narrated by Susan and I really engaged with her voice and her character. She has quite a unique voice and is clearly intelligent and driven. There are many profound statements and observations which I enjoyed. Some of her comments about family life reveal a softer, maternal side to Susan but mostly she has a more scientific and rational attitude to the world. There is a lot of jargon within the novel and a lot of discussion about government issues and the Future Committee so I did ...more
Daphne Sharpe
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Susan effect is a complex, thrilling and compelling read, when once the book grabs hold of you. It was quite complicated to start ,with numerous revelations about Susan and her unique gift and peculiar family, that made you so intrigued, that the action simply flowed. There is a fair amount of scientific explanations in this story, that could be truth or cod, but an unique premise that made me think of Cold War espionage and many such untold truths that seem so fantastic and are true.
Saarah Niña

Think: The Incredibles except the Svendsen family's powers are not physical but of the mind. Psychological, Intellectual, Manipulative.

Susan has a power, just being in her proximity will inspire an urge within you to tell her something that's burdening you. A secret, a guilty confession. Always the truth. They call it the Susan Effect. When she is with her husband, the Effect is at its most powerful. Together they have two children, twins, who are also remarkably gifted. They put the
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Peter Høeg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer, and actor. He published his first novel, A History of Danish Dreams (1988), to positive reviews. However, it was Smilla’s Sense of Snow (1992), a million-copy best seller, that earned Høeg immediate and international literary celebrity. His books have been published in more than ...more