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I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjørk
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it was amazing

This is a debut thriller by Samuel Bjork and I was not too surprised to find out that this is a pen name for Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Oien. This is such an assured and confident novel, that I would have been amazed had it been the first book this author had written. Although I love reading many types of books, my ultimate favourite reads are crime books and, as it is currently the most popular genre fiction, it seems I have a lot of company. However, this novel demonstrates why Nordic Noir is still so popular, and this ticks many of the boxes we have come to expect from Scandinavian crime fiction– flawed characters, gritty storylines and quite a lot of violence…

When we meet our two main detectives, the unit they worked for has already been closed down due to a previous incident, in which Mia Kruger killed the man who sold drugs which killed her sister. She is currently hiding out on an isolated island, drinking too much and contemplating her planned suicide. Her former boss, Holger Munch, has been reassigned from Oslo to a smaller community and is depressed and lonely. He has still not recovered from his divorce, several years earlier, his daughter is distant, his mother in a care home and the only bright spot in his life is his six year old granddaughter.

What brings the team back together is a crime which shocks the country. The body of a six year old girl, dressed as though to begin school, is found hanging from a tree – a sign given to children flying alone around her neck. Holger is dispatched to ask Mia to help him investigate the crime and, after looking at the file, she is convinced this is just the first in a series of murders. Before long, she is proved right, as another little girl is found murdered. The reassigned team investigating the crimes, includes one new member, Gabriel Mork, a computer specialist. However, all of the characters in this fast moving book are fleshed out to be believable and sympathetic.

The storyline involves many different strands and viewpoints; from journalists forced to confront the reality of a story to religious sects, child neglect and mental illness. I have no wish to give away the plot of this excellent novel – suffice it to say that if you enjoy crime books and do not mind a certain level of violence, then you will find this immensely interesting, with lots of plot twists and surprises and characters you will care about. Personally, I hope that Munch and Mia return very soon and look forward to reading more novels involving them, and their team, soon.






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Reading Progress

April 9, 2015 – Started Reading
April 9, 2015 – Shelved
April 15, 2015 – Finished Reading

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Jaidee sounds deliciously dark!


Susan Loved it!


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