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The Girl Without Skin

(Grønland - Greenland #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,788 ratings  ·  421 reviews
They were near the edge of the glacier. The sea beneath the helicopter was dense with pack ice. In front of them, the endless whiteness stretched as far as the light could reach. It hurt his eyes. Millions of white crystals. Except in one place. One spot. Right where the mummified Norseman had been found and Aqqalu had kept watch. There, the ice was glossy red.

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Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Text Publishing (first published April 27th 2017)
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Kylie D
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An engrossing book that sees Matthew Cave, a Danish journalist, sent out to the ice fields of Greenland after the discovery of a mummified body. The mummy is believed to be from the Viking days, so a police guard is set up for the night, but the next day the body of the policeman is found viciously murdered, gutted and flayed, and the mummy gone. Matthew soon finds similarities to a series of murders from 1973, where the victims are gutted and flayed, the same as the policeman. After receiving a ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This translated crime fiction from Danish author, Mads Peder Nordbo, falls squarely into the Scandi-Noir genre, it has all the dark and disturbing elements, grisly murders and a brutality that is the trademark of that genre, albeit it is set in the unusual setting of Greenland. It offers a social and political commentary on the dark history of the country. The grieving Matthew Cave has returned to Greenland from Denmark, he spent the first four years of his life here, coming after the traumatisi ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars rounded up to a 4

When a mummified body is found in the crevasse on the edge of an ice sheet, the body is believed to be the rare find of a Viking corpse. Journalist Matthew Cave is sent to cover the story. He and his photographer are excited to be first on the scene and look forward to breaking such a huge story. But the next morning, the mummified corpse is gone and in its place is the body of the police officer guarding the corpse who has been flayed and gutted. This is a brutal one
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When a mummified Viking corpse is discovered on Greenland ice sheet, journalist Matthew Cave is sent out to report on the finding. The next day, the mummy has disappeared. The body of the police guard lies on the ice naked and flayed, echoing a gruesome series of unsolved murders from many years earlier. With no faith in the police, the only person Matthew dares to trust is a young Greenlandic woman who, at fourteen years old, was charged with killing her fath
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I want to thank Text Publishing, the author, and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book. All for the measly price of a review.
I'll be honest right from the start and tell 'ya that by the time I went to Netgalley to review this story that it was already absent. Gone. Normally I'd just say to heck with it and move on. This dang story stuck with me. Two weeks after reading it I finally realized why I was so bummed out. It wasn't the ending, and it had nothing to do with h
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.
Matthew Cave is a journalist in Nuuk, Greenland. He is sent to the scene of a mummified body discovered on the desolate Greenland ice sheet. After he sees the body and a news photographer take pictures, they return to Nuuk. The next day, the policeman who was left to guard the body is found gruesomely murdered and the mummified body is gone. Matthew soon realizes that the policeman's murder is similar to a series of unsolved murders in Greenland forty years earlier. He
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel is a solid thriller set in Greenland and with two timelines. A journalist gets involved in a mystery that has its roots 40 years earlier. To me it was a decent read although I would like to warn future readers that there are some rather graphic descriptions and the child abuse in the centre of the story which is quite a sensitive issue.
*Many thanks to Mads Peder Nordbo, Text Publishing and Netgalley for ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love mysteries that take place in new to me settings. And Greenland definitely fits that bill. Nordbo does a fabulous job of setting the scene, so that I felt I could see everything in detail.

Matthew Cabe is a Danish reporter assigned to Greenland after the death of his pregnant wife in a car accident. When a mummified Norseman is found in an ice crevice, Matthew and his photographer are sent to report on it. Overnight, the photographer’s camera and files are stolen. And the soldier guarding
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, won, translation
Most impressive. Outside, the sun had set fire to the evening sky over Nuuk. The orange light from the flaming clouds cast a glow so strong that it looked as if the living room walls were burning. This book is full of writing like this. Also, the translation appeared seamless, it felt flawless, nothing felt like it didn't have its place, or did not fit.

I did not know that there was such a thing as Nordic crime, but I will keep an eye out for more, as I will this author who appears to have five
This is Nordic Noir at its darkest and grittiest with some very grisly murders amidst the ice and bitter winds of arctic Greenland.

Matthew Cave, a Danish journalist has recently moved to Greenland to work for the local paper after the deaths of his wife and unborn child in a horrific car crash. When a mummified corpse in a crevasse in the glacier, possibly that of a Norseman who died 600 years ago, Matthew's paper sends him to report on the find. However, the next morning the mummy has disappear
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one has a high body count. If reading about people being murdered in very gruesome ways is not to your taste then you probably will not make it past the prologue.

The Greenland setting makes a very atmospheric background to this first rate thriller. Bodies are found in the ice, blood stains the surrounding snow scarlet, thick fogs help prevent people being found - it all adds to the suspense. Towards the end I thought the author might have included a few less bad guys and a few less deaths a
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mads Peder Nordbo , and Text Publishing Company for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

While I quite enjoy Scandinavian murder mysteries, there are certainly degrees of quality, as with any genre. I stumbled upon this piece by Mads Peder Nordbo and liked the dust jacket blurb, hoping it would live up to the synopsis. Learning that Norbdo works in Greenland offered me some hope th
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I was so excited to get this book in the mail! I thought the premise was just really fascinating and I have never read any book set in the Arctic before. The Girl Without Skin has only recently become available in Australia after being translated into English. I had to do a lot of googling the places in this book. It is set in Greenland and I don't know much about Greenland at all! Looking at the pictures of Nuuk helped me imagine the setting and helped me grasp this different atmosphere.

In 2014
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It took me awhile to get into the story. Even then I was more interested in the flash back murders that took place 40 years prior. But there was enough that kept me reading until the end!

This story is not for those with weak stomachs ... The murders are described in explicit detail and there is discussion of past child abuse which I found disturbing. This is balanced with the rather simple relationship between the reporter, a recently released felon, a
Journalist Matthew Cave and his photographer Malik were on the helicopter, heading for the mummified corpse that had been found on the pack ice. The discovery was exciting archeologists as they expected it to be a Viking – a discovery which would resonate around the world. With everything done, the helicopter returned to Nuuk, leaving a policeman overnight to guard the corpse. But the return next morning showed them all much more than they bargained for. The corpse was gone – the policeman was d ...more
Joy Perry
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
This book gave me the impression i was going to read about a fossilized Viking several years old, which was an exciting concept and full of lovely potential because i am fascinated with The Vikings! (Oh yes, I binge watch the show on Prime!!) So when the book started out in the arctics in the Greenlands with the "perfectly preserved Viking" found, I couldn't be more excited! But as with all great mystery thrillers the book took on a totally unexpected turn. You see, this fossil was gutted like a ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Labelled as ‘The Master of Arctic Crime’ Mads Peder Nordbo has released The Girl Without Skin, a 2018 Text publication. Originally published in 2017 in Denmark, my edition is a translated text from Charlotte Barslund. The Girl Without Skin offers a slick combination of thrills, chills, crime, culture, secrets and mystery, all within a distinct cold climate setting.

On an isolated ice sheet, a mummified corpse is discovered, believed to be a Viking. First on t
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Girl Without Skin is the fourth novel by Danish author, Mads Peder Nordbo, the first book in the Greenland series and the first to be translated into English. Danish journalist Matt Cave has a great story he can’t publish: the mummified corpse of a Norseman found on Greenland’s ice cap could give him a world-wide scoop, but his photographer’s shots have all been stolen, and the corpse has gone missing.

On top of that, the policeman guarding it has been brutally murdered, and authorities have
4.5 stars

Grittier than my usual thriller choices, and with some scenes completely off the charts in terms of gore, I really enjoyed this book by Mads Peder Nordbo; his first to be translated into English.

In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, journalist Matthew Cave has returned to Greenland, the land of his birth. As the story opens, Matthew is on the verge of obtaining a worldclass scoop. Hunters have found a mummified Norseman on the edge of the icecap. The body could answer so many question
I am usually a fan of Scandinavian Noir, but this book was kind of a middle of the road read for me. I gave it 3.5 stars, but rounded down to 3 stars. Three stars in the NetGalley rating system is a ‘Maybe’ for recommending to others, and that is where this book falls for me. I’d recommend it if you have a strong stomach for violence and thinly veiled scenes of sexual abuse of girls. I’d recommend it if you’re willing to start a less than stellar first book in a new series to see how the story a ...more
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo. (2017 in Danish, 2018 in English).

Journalist Matthew is sent to the edge of an ice sheet to write about the discovery of a mummified corpse thought to be a Viking. But the next day the mummy has disappeared and the policeman who was watching it is found naked and flayed.
Matt soon realises that the body is connected to a series of unsolved murders from the 1970s. As he delves dee
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Such a fabulous book. I loved getting a crime story set on Greenland and to top it all, with a dual storyline. Just what I love. So, what happened back in the 70s? Who killed all those men? And, what has it to do with the finding of a dead man in the present time? I listened to the audio version of the book and it was great.

I highly recommend this book!
Liz Barnsley
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arctic Fiction. I think I love it. Greenlandic fiction? Even better.
The Girl Without Skin is a darkly delicious crime novel, utterly gripping with a tension filled storyline and a strong emotional core.
The story is set over two timelines- in the first, Matthew Cave is drawn into an old murder case whilst covering a supposedly Viking corpse…but this ain’t no Viking…
In the other, Jakob Pederson investigates the brutal murder of four suspected child abusers..with political pressure on one side and
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all thanks to Text Publishing Company and Netgalley for allowing me access to this book, I enjoyed it so much. I really must say that it was riveting from the first page to the last.
The opening was brutal and at the same time mesmerizing - you simply have to turn the page and continue.
This novel fits perfectly into the realm of the Nordic Noir genre and hits all the best elements of what you would expect. The dark and light themes, the influences of the tribal cultures, the clash of th
A mystery thriller set in Greenland. A mummified corpse thought to be Viking is discovered in the ice near the town of Nuuk. Journalist Matthew Cave is sent to investigate and report on the find.

I generally enjoy the Nordic mystery/thriller genre but this didn't always gel. There are a lot of twists and turns with this story and one in particular I found to be totally unbelievable and just jarred. This is a gritty mystery with some dark themes at play, incest and child abuse.

There were some sha
Carolyn Walsh
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is Nordic Noir at its finest, and also its darkest and most disturbing. It is a complex and thrilling story with social, political and historical implications. The author is a Danish man who has lived in Greenland. This is his first crime novel which will be published n English, and the first of a future series. The translation is impeccable.

The writing is intense, atmospheric, and visual which immerses the reader in the setting which is the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, and surroundings.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was excellent! I read this over two days, as it was just so engrossing! I got lost in the intense mystery of The Girl Without Skin.

I don't know much about the author, but I hope he has more for me to devour. The writing reminded me of another book I'm currently reading - The Craftsman, they are not similar in story, but the way the landscape is set and forms part of the story as much as another character would, reminded me of Sharon Bolton's writing.

We start with a mummified corpse, and m
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's weird to refer to this grim Danish crime thriller as beautiful, but this is exactly that. Kudos to the translator Charlotte Barslund for doing an admirable job conveying the poetic intensity of the author's style. The book takes on Danish colonialism, Inuit exploitation, patriarchy, and corrupt men in power, all wrapped in descriptive passages of Nuuk and Greenlandic ice fields. There is a "girl with tattoo" trope here (I've never read those books), but handled sensitively and with thought. ...more
As the title suggests – this book is not for the faint of heart! I love a good Nordic thriller, and THE GIRL WITHOUT SKIN has every element that characterises the genre: a haunting atmospheric setting, a somewhat bleak atmosphere, gruesome crimes and two main characters scarred by their tragic back stories.

This is the first book set in Greenland for me, and though I thought that the setting was fantastic and starred as a character in its own right, it is no travel brochure. Nordbo, who has lived
Kylie H
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
This is a brutal book set in a very unforgiving landscape. Matt Cave is a journalist who finds himself in a remote area of Greenland where a supposed mummified body has been found in the ice that could be a Norse Viking. This discovery seems to trigger a series of gruesome killings where men are killed like seals, gutted and partially flayed.
Matt discovers that 40 years earlier similar murders had been committed and the killer never found. He then discovers people with secrets, and a community
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Mads Peder Nordbo is Danish but has lived in Nuuk for several years. Born in 1970, he hold degrees in Literature, Communications and Philosophy from The University of Southern Denmark and the University of Stockholm. Mads has lived in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Greenland. He works in communications at the Town Hall in Nuuk, where he amongst other things, writes for the mayor of the municipality,

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