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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Frå forfattaren av Fugletribunalet!

Litteraturprofessor Nina Wisløff er i ei brytingstid. Arbeidet hennar kjennest mindre og mindre relevant, og huset hennar skal snart rivast. Mannen er travel helsebyråd, og forholdet til den kyniske legedottera er ikkje det beste.

Då leigebuaren deira, Mari, forsvinn sporlaust, går det ikkje lang tid før politiets etterforsking stansar opp
Hardcover, 1, 249 pages
Published September 13th 2019 by Samlaget
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Rachel Hall
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real life Greek tragedy for a professional Norwegian family with a breathtaking conclusion.

Professor of Literature Nina Wisløff is in the throes of a midlife crisis largely brought on by the compulsory purchase and imminent demolition of her childhood home in Bergen. Her work feels immaterial, her husband, Mads, is a busy doctor and member of the local council and she has a difficult relationship with her abrasive adult daughter, Ingeborg. Mads owns a house nearby that he inherited from his au
THE SEVEN DOORS is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller from one of Norway’s most distinguished author, Agnes Ravatn.

University professor Nina and her husband, Mads, a health-board representative who opted to have his own house, or rather his wife’s childhood home demolished, as a result of a proposed light-rail track. Her work seems increasingly irrelevant, her doctor husband is never home, relations with her difficult daughter are strained, and their beautiful house is about to be demoli
Liz Barnsley
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Seven Doors is probably one of the most atmospheric novels I've read recently...The characters are all finely drawn the sense of place is absorbingly authentic and the story unfolds with an underlying tension that is absolutely riveting.

This is an author to watch. A really really great read.
Linda Strong
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
University professor Nina and her physician husband, Mads,own a house left to them by his aunt. It is currently being rented by a young woman with a small child.

Nina's daughter shows up and wails about how she and her family are going to have to move ... one reason is that they are overrun by silverfish, and the other is that she is newly pregnant. Nina takes her daughter to look at their other house, and her daughter confronts the renter like a Gestapo. The young woman appears very fearful and
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book! What a book! What a bloody good book!! Supposed to be suspenseful, but it was a freaking kickass thriller where the roads to the truth twisted every few pages, bringing with it exciting revelations with rachetted up the intrigue, and my pulse rate soared with it.

It was amazing how the disappearance of one tenant Mari, caused such a turmoil in Nina, especially when it happened so close to their visit, that she had to investigate and get to the truth. Nina’s daughter had wanted the fl
H.A. Leuschel
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining and compelling psychological thriller!
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
Agnes Ravatn is a young and gifted writer and I consider her novel, The Bird Tribunal, one of the most particular and sublime psychological thrillers originating from the Scandinavian countries during the last decade. In this book, the writing style is more mature and the reader has the opportunity to gain insights in several subjects such as literary theory, psychoanalysis, and the quirky phenomenon of transference love that develops between two individuals that share an imbalanced relationship ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: September 8th 2020

"We often stumble in the dark, unaware of the full scope of our actions."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Psychological thriller set in NORWAY

The Seven Doors is the second and much anticipated Norwegian psychological thriller written by Agnes Ravatn (and translated by Rosie Hedger). We reviewed the first, The Bird Tribunal, back in 2016. In many ways, The Seven Doors follows the same sinister lines – and again it works really well.

Nina and Mads are a professional couple living in Bergen. Their house of many years is due to be demolished to make way for ‘essential’ development. They have a daughter m
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been completely bowled over by Agnes Ravatn’s previous book The Bird Tribunal I was anticipating another story layered with psychological suspense and dramatic tension. The Seven Doors achieves precisely that and Ravatn does not disappoint.

Although the book involves a seemingly simple premise for a plot, what Ravatn layers into it, makes this a far from linear tale. Just as The Bird Tribunal encapsulated the psychological suspense of Patricia Highsmith and was powered by a literary allusi
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Seven Doors is translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger.

It's almost four years since I read Agnes Ravatn's The Bird Tribunal. That's a book that has stayed with me over those years, and one that I regularly recommend. It was with much anticipation, and a little trepidation that I began to read The Seven Doors.

Oh my goodness, this is one incredibly talented author. Once more, she delves into the deepest recesses of a modern family, and slowly but surely unpicks the hidden, and tightly wo
After my first experience with the writing of Agnes Ravatn, I expected this novel to be great - and I wasn't a bit disappointed.  "The Seven Doors" kept me enthralled for the entire book with scenes and characters that were very easy to visualize.

The novel, a domestic thriller with psychological overtones, was brilliantly plotted. Having Nina as the sole narrator of the story created more of a mysterious atmosphere as you didn't know what anyone else was thinking or feeling. The ending left the
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
As the book begins, the reader is introduced to Nina and her husband Mads are having to move because their current home is set to be demolished due to a new rail being built. They own another home which is being rented by another woman and her son and the day after visiting them to inquire about the residence, the resident, Mari, disappears, leaving her child behind. What unravels is a tale which finds Nina concerned so she takes it upon herself to find out what happened to Mari.

This was a grea
Marc Nash
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
“The Bird Tribunal” by Scandinavian author Agnes Ravatn was a clear cut five star read for me and although Ravatn’s latest novel “The Seven Doors”, doesn’t quite live up to that high standard of entertainment for me, it was still written in the author’s unique, authentic and fine story-telling voice.
The genre of the story is obviously a psychological thriller but within it is a cleverly woven family study, where a hidden secret could quite literally tear the family apart.
All the characters wer
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deep darkly psychological book with finely drawn characters which I throughly enjoyed.. would highly recommend!
Lel Budge
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina and her husband, Mads, are having to move home as their house is in the way of a new construction and is under a compulsory purchase order.

Their daughter, Ingeborg, has an infestation of silverfish in her and wants to move out and into Mads aunt's old house that he rents out. But there is a tenant living there….

So Nina and Ingeborg drive just to have a look at the house, but Ingeborg, who is oblivious to anyone else’s feelings, practically forces her way into the home and makes Mari feel ve
Mairead Hearne (
The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn was just published, in original paperback, September 17th with Orenda Books and is described as ‘exquisitely dark and immensely powerful….a sophisticated and deeply disturbing psychological thriller from one of Norway’s most distinguished voices.’ Translated by Rosie Hedger, The Seven Doors is a haunting, atmospheric tale that is wonderfully captured in translation. The dialogue is unusual with a strained formality that is so very different to my usual reads. Also ...more
Karen Cole
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tale of Bluebeard and his seven wives gives The Seven Doors its title and it's fitting that a story about the consequences of (female) curiosity should feature so strongly in this hauntingly atmospheric drama. The plot may revolve around the death of a young woman but this slow-burning, character-driven novel is ultimately about the stories and layers of secrets that hide behind even the most ostensibly respectable lives.
Mari Nilsen makes only the briefest appearance in the book when she is
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina’s life has hit a crossroads. Her beloved childhood home is about to be demolished, she hardly sees her doctor husband, her career no longer feels rewarding, and her relationship with her daughter has grown rocky. While deciding what to do about her home, Nina realizes that a house her husband had inherited many years ago is being leased to a young single mother. Nina and her daughter decide to visit the house and learn shortly after that the woman has gone missing, leaving her son behind. N ...more
Veronika Jordan
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m rarely lost for words but this book at times left me speechless. It’s so different, with a writing style all of its own. I know it’s been translated into English but it keeps the feel of the original. One minute you are reading about the mundane everyday goings on in Nina’s life and the next she is discussing the workings of a depressed mind with Kaia and starting her own investigation into a missing woman. And while I did guess one of the outcomes about three quarters of the way through, I ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review also appears on my blog:

There is a fable about boiling a frog alive. It says that if you put a frog into a pan of boiling water it will feel the heat and immediately jump out in fear for its life, but if you put it into tepid water and very slowly heat it then it will not feel the heat growing and will remain in the pan until it dies.

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn takes a similar approach to the growing tension that it develops. I felt like I spe
Helen the Bassist
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must compliment the author on her success in grabbing my interest despite the fact that her main protagonist Nina is a Literature Professor. (Let's just say Literature as an academic discipline and I don't get on!)

I've not read a great deal of Scandi- (or anywhere else) noir or similar. I appreciated that this book wasn't over full of snowy geographic depictions although I did enjoy the matter of fact way Nina just hopped on and off ferries on a regular basis.

So, to the plot. It's sort of a 'm
LianaReads blog
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love when I discover novels written by non-English authors because it gives so much more insight in their country and culture, in their education and how they experience their life.

Lately I’m becoming quite interested in nordic authors, and this book is clearly one of the finest that I’ve read this year.

It’s so atmospheric and the setting on the Norwegian winter is disturbing but also compelling.

The story it’s told in short chapters easy to follow and the mystery and domestic thriller it’s
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020

Nina, a Professor of Literature at a University in Bergen, Norway lives with her husband Mads in a beautiful house handed down to her through the generations. She and Mads have lived there for the past 35 years and have raised their daughter Ingeborg in this house filled with memories and history. But the house is to be demolished to make way for a new light-rail route and Nina and Mads have to leave their home after it is subject to a compulsory acquisition
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. This book was written and translated so well. I just loved the whole book and it had such a nice style to it. Yes it has no speech marks but I actually felt it worked in this book and had such a nice prose.

The storyline was good and unique too and I got quite attached to the characters.

Highly recommend.
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
What happened to this missing woman? That’s the question here… Main character Nina, well I bloody loved her. She turns into a private detective doesn’t she? We also get a brilliant look into her family, life and her current house moving situation. She can be a stubborn, determined character. But she needs to remember that sometimes she gets it wrong. She tries bloody hard bless her. Without Nina there wouldn’t be this story. She makes the story for me.
A brilliant read. For me it was actually an
Debbie Littley
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow burning, atmospheric read, lingering with an air of menace and mystery.

They say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, and I should know as I have moved around a lot, I am currently in my 13th, and hopefully my last house! But this book takes the stress of moving house to the max!

With a forced move thrust upon them and Nina’s childhood home about to be destroyed to make way for a new development project, it is with a heavy heart that she begins house hunting.

The logi
Julie Griffin
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What are literature students really suitable for? Some write, some work in publishing, others meander around other careers. Nina, a literature professor at a Norwegian university, has a better idea for her students: analyzing and decoding texts, but even more so the development of empathy inherent in spending hours and intelligent thought on the lives of characters, make literature students perfect for investigations, as detectives.
(They also make great detective story writers, as Reginald Hill
David Harris
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of The Seven Doors to consider for review.

The books starts off low-key. Nina, a professor of literature in Bergen, and her husband Mads, a doctor who's taken time out to serve on the Town Council, are looking for a new house because theirs is on the route of a new tram line and is to be compulsorily purchased. They're not hard up (not even near - they have another house let out and a holiday cottage) but still they drive a hard bargain with the d
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