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4.86  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Beautiful Kaitlin has recently married oil expert Paul Maverick and left her thriving life in Toronto in order to accompany him in his professional post amongst a scenic yet slower-paced life in Stavanger, Norway. As newlywed bliss subsides faster than expected, she is left with little to do at home but wait for husband to come home and feels she almost dreams into life th ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published April 1st 2020
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Christine Weimer
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all have people who we meet, or things that happen to us in our lives, that create a change within us. Sometimes, we see them coming from a mile away, but other times they happen unexpectedly. Whichever way they are manifested, they may catalyze us in a way that causes us to never be the same again- whether we like it or not.

Selin Senol-Akin captures this very theme with ease in her debut novel The Catalyst, published in March of 2020. Though grouping her novel into the mystery genre would b
Living My Best Book Life
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Catalyst is a thriller that catches your attention within the first chapters. It's mysterious and bewitching. Selin Senol-Akin gives readers an alluring and intriguing introduction that makes you want to keep reading. As the story progresses and more is revealed, this author wows with the shock factor.

The story follows Kaitlin as she travels to Norway with her new husband Paul for his new job as an oil expert. This is a different lifestyle and finds herself at home most days waiting for her
Ken Fredette
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
What we find when we begin reading is the murder of a women by a love sick lover in Norway. We must tuck this in the back of our minds for later to play out. Next we meet the beautiful Kaitlin Maverick, who is a newlywed to Paul Maverick, most of her life was spent in Toronto Canada and Paul was from Montreal, as an immigrant from Budapest. But after their marriage Paul had to go back to Norway where he was working at the time, Kaitlin had to quit her job and followed. Going home from shopping o ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
To start, I want to say thank you to the author Selin Senol Akin for sending me this gifted copy in exchange for my honest review!

You get a little bit of everything with this story!
Ultimately, this is a thriller story leaning on the edge of psychological but there’s also some romance, and a little bit of supernatural elements. Selin combined them together in a way where it didn’t seem like too much was going on and it wasn’t overwhelming. Ultimately I think it added to the suspense factor!

My att
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although I tried so hard to read The Catalyst slowly to cherish more, I couldn’t help it and finished it quickly. If I had to describe it in three words, which would be so difficult, I would say it is spine-tingling, awe-inspiring, and spell-binding! I am truly impressed by the curiosity that follows the reader on every single page until the very end. It both amuses and shocks you. I am hoping that the author writes a sequel to it. I can’t wait to read!
Edgar Smith
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story with compelling narrative, an interesting mixture of genres (that actually works), and a truly unexpected twist that left me jaw-dropped. I read The Catalyst in just a couple of days despite its over 200 pages. The story is just that engaging! Selin Senol-Akin is an author to be on the look out for.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow... I just completed this novel in like 3 days and I'm still thinking about all the characters and how surprisingly connected they all were... The opening murder scene continued to tease and pique curiosity throughout flashbacks in the novel and I couldn't put the book down until I found out who did it in the end- and the ending was so- just- wow.... I would highly recommend this one...! ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This mystery is a great read. The story is intriguing and climatic, and the writing evocative and highly descriptive. The reader is drawn irresistibly deeper into the Norwegian woods as the story builds. I highly recommend it.
Kristen F
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was well written with interesting twists in the plot. Read the entire book over the weekend and was a little sad when it was finished!
Mert Bil
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book
It’s unique mystery mixed with the supernatural
Once read through the first page, could not put it down till the end.
Great first opening pages, fit for opening scenes of a movie.
Well written with highly descriptive locations and places where one can feel themselves at those places.
I highly recommend this book to those with an “open” mind
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished it in less than one week - very very entertaining and surprising until the end !!!
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