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Se mig, Medusa

(Oslo Crime Files #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Vi är bundna till varandra. Det var det du ville säga den där gången du berättade om tvillingarna som ingen kunde skilja åt. Det spelar ingen roll hur mycket du låtit mig dö i dina tankar.

Axel Glenne, sonen till en norsk krigshjälte, driver en lukrativ läkarmottagning och lever ett till synes harmoniskt familjeliv. Morgonen efter en tung jour händer det som kommer förändra
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Bokfabriken (first published January 1st 2007)
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Axel Glenne is a doctor, married with three children - he’s the son of a Norwegian war hero. He’s a popular man and has great standing in the community.
But the picture isn’t as perfect as he would wish – at least, not in the way that he sees it -because Axel is haunted by a shadow in his background that simply won’t go away: that of a twin brother he hasn’t seen in many years, a brother who actually hated him. And pretty soon the picture of his perfect life is looking a bit less than perfect, ce
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Despite showing some promise in the initial and final stages, the vast majority of this book was plodding and unconvincing. Spending most of the time with Axel Glenn, a doctor having what must be some kind of midlife crisis, as he embarks on an affair with a young colleague and makes ever more ridiculous behavioural choices was just one of the book's many issues, which included: frequent jumps to the characters who had little or no depth and which were often randomly sidelined/forgotten about, i ...more
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed a number of the characters populating Medusa, the story itself never really managed to grab 100% of my imagination. Or attention. Meh....
2 1/2 Lackadaisical Stars.
Deborah Ideiosepius
Sadly, I just could not love this book, while Axel, our main character started out as an, interesting believable character, a doctor with a life that makes sense he then goes off the rails as murders occur around him, murders possibly linked to his estranged twin brother. I found nothing
convincing or believable about him going off the rails. He does random, idiotic things with insufficient character development to make them comprehensible. In fact, through the main part of the book it is rare t
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, the first of four books by Torkil Damhaug, had an intriguing and compelling start to me and I found the writing very atmospheric. The central character, Axel, is a medical doctor who is a twin. However it is a long time since anyone has seen his twin brother and it is clear very early on that there is a story to be revealed.

I did find many of the characters interesting and well fleshed out and I felt that the translator had done a very good job in this book. The "action" in the first half
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This might be the trashiest Nordic Noir I have read. Like, drugstore-paperback trashy. The main protagonist (I think he's supposed to be the protagonist?) is a doctor who, despite being married with children, apparently decides to sleep with his new student on her medical rotations (who by the way is a creepy, unsympathetic & narcissistic stalker herself) with almost no prompting? Which wasn't very believable considering his character is meant to be sympathetic, and was written like he actually ...more
Di Radford
Found this to be a rambling and confusing story with an unsatisfactory ending
Really annoying translation - all dialogue was started with a hyphen, not quotation marks, and there was no mark of any kind when it finished... Figuring out who was speaking in a conversation, and precisely what they said detracted from the story.

This was a very boring story, I nearly gave up several times but persevered to find out who the killer was - that was a disappointment too.

The so-called profiling done in this book was a joke - no one profiles like that in the UK (where the guy suppose
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What utter crap!
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars on this one. It is well written but the plot is losing itself through too many side stories. At all, the story seems to be turning around Dr. Axel Glenne and a twin that no one has met. Moreover, said doctor is having a midlife crisis and sleeps with his weird and disturbed student about whom nobody knows much. Anyhow, the doctor’s family is no better between a daughter who is afraid of some stars and kisses a pet turtle (so unhygienic) without a parent commenting, a very sullen teenag ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norway
A new (to me) Norwegian writer. A woman is killed, seemingly by a bear, unlikely in an urban setting even in Norway. A doctor, a good family man (until he isn't) is implicated in this murder. I will definitely read more by this author but, as in much crime fiction, the story gets overly complicated unnecessarily in my eyes. But still a good read. ...more
Aug 17, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I happened to be on Corfu in a house full of Nordic crime novels. Sadly, this is the one I picked up.

It starts up well enough: I liked the writing, the characters were reasonably interesting, and it felt nice turning the pages. But the longer I waited for the plot to begin, the worse it got. This is a novel that works because people act incredibly stupid. (For example, being in the possession of vital material everyone is looking for, waking up to being strangled by someone wanting it, being sav
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Having said that, the doctor character was bloody annoying, the motive slim at best and the book has nothing to do with the title.

I gasped in a few places though, and it kept me hooked so all in all it’s not perfect but I liked it.
This book was okay. I read it because I bought the 2nd of the series thinking it looked interesting, but found it too violent.

Also the murder in the book was very similar to Edgar Allen Poe's cat nurder.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding addition to the world of Scandi-Noir and one of the best I've read. Solid character building, quick paced action, and interwoven plot of suspicion and intrigue, and a series of grisly crimes in rural Norway - everything you could want in a crime novel! ...more
Dagmar Williams

Really struggled with the first half this book. It picks up and the last quarter is enjoyable. The narrative it too confusing for me. The strings of the storyline finally all come together in the last few chapter.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was interesting, a solid plot. Didn't really love the way the female characters were portrayed, definitely didn't do justice to Nina. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
I love Scandi Noir and am always on the lookout for new authors to try. This did not disappoint. Kept me guessing right to the end.
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Axel Glenne, was very frustrating character... Despite this, the book itself was very interesting with a great twist at the end
Dec 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my type of literature
Tony Rampling
Jun 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another great Scandinavian writer!!
Rachel England-Brassy
There are better crime writers out there.
A forest near Oslo, Norway. In a short space of time three women vanish and their bodies are then found with injuries indicating they had been attacked by a bear. Inspector Viken and his police team look into the unusual deaths and they find out that these women are all connected to each other by way of local GP Axel Glenne. The police gather more evidence and are certain that Axel is the killer, but he is certain he is a victim of sabotage by his estranged and deranged twin brother Brede. The b ...more
Elaine Tomasso
I have been wanting to read Medusa for a while as I am always interested in Scandinavian crime fiction. The protagonist is Axel Glenne, a doctor with a great home life but is enticed into an affair with his student, Miriam. Then a woman Axel talked to just before she disappeared is found dead, apparently from a bear attack. Axel becomes the police's prime suspect when it becomes known that he knew the second victim as well as the first. He suspects his "evil" twin brother, Brede, and the police ...more
A good read from an author I hadn't heard of before & the format was a little strange as there's no quotation marks but hyphens indicating speech - I quite liked it for a change.

The basic premise is that the deaths of two women, apparently mauled by a bear, are believed by the police to have been committed by local Dr Axel Glenne. Axel in turn, belives the murders may have been committed by his twin brother...who his wife & children have never met. To me, it would have been better they had never
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first part of the book, I thought this had the makings of a taut, gripping psychological thriller, with the author skilfully playing with the reader's interpretations and suppositions. The constant doubt over whether or not Brede exists and, if he does, wondering what the big family drama was that led to his banishment, added an extra level of enjoyment for the reader, forcing him to step back and psychoanalyse Axel and his motives.

However, as the plot developed, I found that the tension
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This jumped points of view far too often, especially at the start, which made it hard to get into. I didn't much like the writing style overall. I also had a big problem with the formatting: dialogue was written

- Like this, he said. And continues like this.

At first it was just annoying, but it ended up being confusing in some cases. I won't read any more by the author.
If you like your crime with a side order of gruesome, then this is for you. The author did a fantastic job of leading me round the houses, and part five had me sat on tenter hooks the whole way through. Brilliant, can't wait to read more from this author ...more
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Torkil Damhaug (1958–) has a degree in medicine with a specialisation in psychiatry. His début novel, Flykt, måne (The Flight of the Moon) caused a great stir when it appeared in 1996. Syk Rose (Ailing Rose) was also well received by the critics.

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