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1222

(Hanne Wilhelmsen #8)

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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  4,237 ratings  ·  669 reviews
1222 is the story of how a small group of people find themselves stuck in a hotel during an apocalyptic snow storm. Following a dramatic train derailment at Finse, the conflict between the survivors escalates while a furious hurricane threatens the unprotected village. Nobody is there to help, and there is no way out of the inferno for the survivors hiding out. On the firs ...more
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Published by Salomonsson Agency (first published 2007)
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Luanne Ollivier
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Anne Holt before - she's described as Norway's #1 bestselling crime writer. After finishing her latest book 1222, I can see why - and I will be hunting down her backlist.

1222 features one of Holt's recurring characters - Hanne Wilhelmsen. Hanne is not a stereotypical protagonist. She's wheelchair bound, having been paralyzed from the waist down in a police shoot out four years ago. She's a lesbian, a loner and astute. Oh, and she really doesn't like people at all, even more
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Emma
Dec 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep getting talked into reading books like these?

Yes, I get it, Hanne is an anti-hero. She hates people. She is extremely, antisocial, embittered and intolerant…… hmm BECAUSE she’s a wheelchair user!? (Ta-da! Makes sense now doesn’t it?) Despite being gay, disabled, married to a Muslim, she still finds room to be totally repellent and prejudiced towards someone with Dwarfism (i.e. the doctor Magnus Streng.)

I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I read her characterisation of Streng
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Emma Turi
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen, I had not read the book before, therefore was a bit shocked to find out about her situation. I liked this book especially as it all occurs after an accident on a train and all the people after the accident are holed up in a hotel. Hanne Wilhelmsen who is not a police officer anymore, suddenly finds herself having to be the person in charge of the investigation. There is also some personal information about Hanne and how she has changed due to w ...more
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Norwegian crime novel starring Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police detective, paraplegic, lesbian, and semi-misanthrope. A powerful snowstorm hits Norway, and the train Hanne is taking from Oslo to Bergen derails. Miraculously, all 269 passengers survive—the only casualty was the train’s engineer—and hole up in a nearby hotel to wait out the storm. And that, of course, is when the murders start. Hanne Wilhelmsen is my new favorite detective: she’s a woman who takes advantage of the prejudices and ...more
Jim Fonseca
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
What could be more Norwegian than having your train break down and being trapped in an isolated mountain lodge for days during a blizzard while the wind howls and breaks the windows? Apparently secret service agents were aboard the train and there are a lot of mysterious goings on. Then the bodies start to drop. Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen happened to be on the train and she is coerced out of retirement to help solve the deaths. Hanne is confined to a wheel chair and seems to be trying to be as u ...more
Jane
Locked room mystery suspense-filled all through, until weak and far-fetched ending.
Sonia
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Back in November, I spent a day driving to various places for work, and so was listening to Radio 4 and there was an interview with Anne Holt who I had never heard of.

She is Norwegian, and they were talking about the sudden popularity of Scandinavian crime books, the fact that she seems pretty scathing about Norwegians in her books and her latest book that had just been translsated and was about to be released in the UK – 1222. I added it to my wishlist, and was delighted to get an Amazon remind
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Katy
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mysteries, suspense/thrillers, great writing
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Please note: I read and reviewed this book in Dec. 2011. Updating the formatting and adding a disclosure.

Disclosure: I received a free e-galley copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Reading Level: Adult

My Synopsis: Hanne Wilhelmsen used to work for the police until a bullet severed her spine between the 10th and 11th vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She is on a train to Bergen in the middle
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Dean Cummings
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writer Deb Caletti said, “When you go looking for rescue, you end up trapped in your own weakness.”

For me, this captured the theme of Anne Holt’s “1222“the story that started on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 when train # 601, travelling from Oslo to Bergen derailed in the midst of a hurricane named “Olga.” Of the 269 people on board, only one perished as a result of the accident, the train conductor Einar Holter.

Shortly after the accident, the passengers were rescued, whisked off to a nearb
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Carol
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Carol by: publisher review?
Shelves: fiction
The premise of 1222 interested me from the start. I wish I knew where I heard about this book. I thought the main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen, an ex-police woman, paralyzed by a bullet, living a bland life in her wheelchair, sounded intriguing. I didn't realize at the outset that it was the eighth in a series from Norwegian author Anne Holt but the first to be translated into English. It can easily be read as a stand-alone but you probably will want to know more about that bullet and some other ...more
Lukasz Pruski
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
"Life is beautiful. Until vodka freezes", a friend of mine, Witek, used to say. Most of the action in Anne Holt's thriller "1222" happens when the temperature outside is below freezing point of 80-proof vodka.

A train from Oslo to Bergen (Norway) crashes. All passengers, some 200 of them, luckily survive and find shelter in a nearby hotel. However, because of a monster winter storm combined with a hurricane of unprecedented magnitude, the hotel is totally snowed in and any rescue efforts from the
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Nick Davies
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
An odd one, as in a more receptive mood I might've enjoyed it more. This Scandinavian crime thriller had a very interesting set-up (a train full of passengers is forced to hole up in a Norwegian mountain hotel, then as they're snowed in.. people get murdered) but for me it wasn't my kind of book. The cover blurb makes reference to similarities with Agatha Christie, and I can understand this, but the 'closed room' nature of the plot and the sassy, thoughtful, intelligent, observant female detecti ...more
Paul
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
So I tried another Scandanavian mystery, this one by Norwegian writer Anne Holt and featuring a wheelchair-bound former policewoman named Hanne Wilhelmsen, the first of this series (I believe) to be translated into English. I liked what I read, though I'm not much into "closed room" mysteries. Granted that murders can occur in a setting like the one described in the novel, where a trainload of people are trapped inside a mountain hotel during a violent snowstorm; the set piece denouement, where ...more
Wanda
A mystery more typical of Agatha Christie than most Scandinavian authors. In fact, Ms. Christie is mention several times and I think this novel is meant as an homage to her. It is a “closed room” mystery—although the surroundings are a hotel by a train station. The train has derailed and the passengers are rescued, all during a howling blizzard. The severity of the blizzard keeps everyone in place and inside. One by one, their numbers decrease, sometimes through natural causes, but also through ...more
Tony
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
1222. (2011). Anne Holt. ***.
Ms. Holt is a Norwegian writer, and this was her (eighth) book in her series featuring Hanne Wilhelmsen, an ex policewoman from Oslo. She is currently confined to a wheelchair because of being shot in a previous adventure. She, along with about 197 other passengers become trapped in a train at a high station in the north of Norway. The station is called 1222 because of its altitude in meters. The accident was caused by the train slipping off the rails because of ice
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Kivrin Engle
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love Holt’s Hanne Wilhelmsen series. 1222 is different than the other books in that the story is told by Hanne, in 1st person narrative, rather than 3rd. It also is the 8th book in the series, so if you like your series in order, as I do, you would not read this as a stand-alone without having begun at the beginning. Certainly, you can do this, but knowing Hanne’s extensive history is fairly important to understanding who she is now. Nonetheless, 1222 will work on its own. It’s a great ...more
Marleen
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1222 metres above sea level the train travelling from Oslo to Bergen derails during the start of the worst snow storm in Norwegian history. With the snow and freezing temperatures getting steadily worse, the 269 passengers have no hope of a quick rescue and no choice but to take refuge in centuries old mountain hotel close to the crash site.
The hotel has withstood anything nature could throw at it for hundreds of years and is well stocked so the passengers should be safe from the elements and in
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Ti
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

A mystery that will hold you captive. Preferably, under a blanket with a cup of something warm to keep you company.

The Rest of It:

During what is quite possibly the worst snowstorm ever, a train on its way to Bergen, Norway derails at a point about 1222 meters above sea level. The passengers are taken to a nearby hotel where they are given food and shelter but they find themselves trapped as the weather continues to worsen.

One of the passengers, Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police
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Janet
May 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I really wanted to like this. I read one of Holt's other books, but this one was just...just...boring. I didn't know till I got into it that it's not a stand-alone book but one of a series-maybe if I'd read the previous ones, I'd like this one more but I doubt it.

Hanne, the main character and narrator, has been described as "unlikable" by other reviewers, but I think she's pretty much antisocial and was that way before the shooting that left her paralyzed. That doesn't bother me-what bothered m
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Jeanette
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superb closed location who-dun-it. The blizzard, the isolation- all mount to a setting of tension in which that alone is an excellent characterization. It is alive and menaces.

Hanne, is in her REAL coming of age. And not just in her self-identity habit/issue of self-obscuring, either. She also has finally caved into the realization for her amazing leadership potential. Hanne is at the peak of great change. After a forced turning from her life's treasured interior habits, the full onus is put on
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Emma 1
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has a fantastic premise and the first third is thrilling and engrossing. I was turning the pages in expectation of the suspense to continue to build.

Unfortunately, for the rest of the novel, the suspense didn’t match my expectation. I enjoyed reading about the Hanne, however, for me there wasn’t enough character development regarding other characters. As such, I had reached the final third of the book without any real suspects in mind. The two clues given regarding the murderer were qu
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Karen
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Take one gloriously grumpy central protagonist, add that train crash, include a massive snowstorm cutting off a train full of people 1222 metres above sea level in an inaccessible hotel, add a mysterious locked carriage and a group of shadowy unknown passengers, then kill off a high-profile passenger and see what happens.

What happens is that our grumpy protagonist, Hanne Wilhemlsen, ex-police officer, in a wheelchair as a result of being shot on duty, has to work out what is going on before the
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✿ Deni
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
On the cover of the copy I borrowed from the library (I'm glad I didn't buy it!) it says: "Like a mash-up of Stieg Larsson, Jeffrey Deaver and Agatha Christie", and there are a couple of comments also mentioning Christie, who is one of my favourite writers, so I thought I would enjoy this book... well, I didn't!

I actually think the plot could be very entertaining if developed correctly: theres is a mention of Christie's "And then there were none" in the book, as they are also trapped with a murd
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Maddy
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Hanne Wilhelmsen, retired police inspector
SETTING: Northern Norway
SERIES: # 8 of 8 (first translated into English)
RATING: 4.0

A train on its way from Oslo to Bergen, Norway, derails in a remote northern region during a horrific storm. Amazingly, only one person, the driver, is killed. The remaining 268 passengers are transported by local rescue teams to an old tourist hotel, Finse 1222, so named because it is 1222 meters above sea level. The stranded passengers stay in one of the hot
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Kevin
Jun 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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W. Tinkanesh
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hanne Wilhelmsen was travelling from Oslo to Bergen when train 601 crashed. Among the 269 passengers there are eight doctors from various fields including Magnus Streng. There are several priests including Cato Hammer who will be murdered during the first night in the snowed-in hotel where they have been welcomed until the end of the storm.

Hanne is a retired police investigator. From her wheelchair she watches people, asks questions, tries to solve the murder and wonders who was in the sealed tr
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Jennifer
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, mystery
I love a good locked room mystery and this book has a great premise - 269 passengers from a derailed train are forced to seek shelter in a snowbound hotel in Norway during a blizzard of biblical proportions. I loved the descriptions of the storm, the use of the Beaufort scale at the start of each chapter, and the claustrophobic feeling of the snow piling higher than the windows as the tension mounts inside.

Fortunately for these folks, retired investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen is one of the passenger
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I had never read a book by this fine author until "1222." I will continue to read her work, when it is available in English, in the future.

This was a gripping tale of a former disabled Norwegian police officer. Hanne Wilhelmsen was shot on duty and is now paralyzed below the waist. On her way to a medical appointment in the dead of winter, her train derails. Not only is Hanne injured, quite dramatically, to my opinion, she is pressed back into 'service' when a murder occurs within the first twel
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Giulio
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
More than a 100 survivors of a train wreckage are stuck in a Norwegian hotel during one of the worst winter storms of the century. A murder occurs. A misanthropic / paralysed / lesbian ex-cop has only 48 hours to solve the mystery .. it's like And Then There Were None with a Scandinavian atmosphere. Highly recommended for all the Northern European thriller lovers!

Finse
Ulla
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have read this one a couple of times before, this was my first audio listen! I've always loved Hanne Wilhelmsen and really hope Anne Holt makes her come back!

So happy Hanne is back!! Listening to Offline at the moment, and tomorrow I'll get "I stoft och aska"
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Anne Holt was born in Larvik, grew up in Lillestrøm and Tromsø, and moved to Oslo in 1978. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Bergen in 1986, and went on to work for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and then the Oslo Police Department, earning her right to practice as a lawyer in Norway. In 1990 she returned to NRK, where she worked one year as a journalist and anch ...more

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