This is the first Nordic crime novel that I've read and I couldn't have asked for a better book to introduce me to the genre. I absolutely loved it. I'll definitely be reading more Nordic crime novels, especially if they're by Yrsa Sigurdardottir!
The very first chapter was SO TENSE! I held my breath the whole time I read it. It was brilliantly written (as was the rest of the book) and the writing enabled me to block out any other distractions. I was in a noisy coffee shop with people chatting but I completely zoned out and focused solely on the book. I think it's such a skill to be able to write in such a way that your readers forget where they are.
Each chapter ensured that I read on and although the perspective changed each time, it was easy to slip back into the character's voice and their part of the story.
I liked each individual's imperfections and how their flaws were revealed as the book progressed. The characters were impeccably developed and they all added something to the story in their own way.
The ending was absolutely brilliant. I sat frozen when I finally realised who it was, and stared at the book in shock for a good few minutes because it was such a surprise and an amazing twist. Everything fitted together perfectly and I gasped as it all clicked into place.
I have no hesitation in giving this novel five out of five. It was thrilling, gripping and I couldn't put it down.
I desperately want to go and buy every single novel Yrsa has ever written!!
This book is published by Hodder & Stoughton
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.