2021/03/06

BOOK REVIEW:
THE SUBTWEET BY VIVEK SHRAYA

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Title: The Subtweet
Author: Vivek Shraya
Published: 2020
Language: English
Pages: 220
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins, but soon falls apart when jealousy and self-doubt creeps in.


Review:
This was quite an interesting book and I liked a lot of things about it.

I think this story offers up a lot of interesting discussions about race, friendship and how women are so often pitted against each other. I like how it explores friendship between these two women and how deep and meaningful friendships can be, and how devastating it is when those kinds of friendships end. I also thought it was interesting how social media played a huge role in this story, and it does so in a way I think a lot of us can relate to.

I don't think this made much of a lasting impression on me though, unfortunately. I thought it was interesting but didn't ever feel completely engrossed in the story, and I think the characters could've used some more work; we focus much more on the relationships between the characters without getting to know them as individuals all that well, and I would've just liked a little bit more of that.

Overall though, an interesting book with a lot of valuable thoughts and interesting discussions. 
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2021/03/05

2021/03/03

BOOK REVIEW:
HYPNOTISØREN BY LARS KEPLER

I N C L U D E S  A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S
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Title: Hypnotisøren
Author: Lars Kepler, Henning J. Gundersen (translator)
Published: 2009
Language: Norwegian (translated from Swedish)
Pages: 512
Rating: 4/5

This is the first book in the Joona Linna series. The edition I read is a new and improved version of the original book (black edition). 


Summary:
Set in Sweden, outside of Stockholm, a gruesome triple murder attracts the interest of Joona Linna who demands to get to investigate the case, and he starts off his chase with enlisting the help of a hypnotist to find out what a severely injured surviving victim saw and knows.


Review:
This series is a huge success here in Norway (I literally feel like everyone has read these books) so I was very excited to start this series, and it didn't disappoint.

It's been a while since I've read such an action packed mystery thriller, and this has everything that I like about Nordic noir; it's dark, gritty and pretty bleak. The plot is fascinating; I was very intrigued by everything that had to do with the hypnosis and all of that and it was hard to figure out what was happening (but in a good way).

The characters in here are pretty good; we mainly follow two characters, the detective and the hypnotist. I liked reading about them both, although the detective still feels quite shrouded in mystery to me, so it'll be interesting to see where his story goes in the following books.

Although this book is over 500 pages, it's fast paced and because the chapters are so short, you fly through it in no time. The plot is what takes up most of those pages and it's exciting, creepy and tense and filled with action. It is quite a violent book though, so bear that in mind if you're sensitive to that.

I can't wait to keep going with the series and see what it has to offer. 
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2021/03/01

BOOK REVIEW:
MANNEN SOM IKKE VAR MORDER BY HJORTH ROSENFELDT

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Title: Mannen Som Ikke Var Morder
Author: Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt, Håvard Syvertsen (translator)
Published: 2010

Language: Norwegian (translated from Swedish)
Pages: 413
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
A 16 year old boy goes missing from a town outside of Stockholm and is soon found dead in a forest, missing his heart. After being invited by local police, a team of investigators arrive from Stockholm to investigate the case and soon finds themselves teamed up with a criminal psychologist and profiler who, although extremely good at his job, rubs everyone the wrong way.


Review:
Wow, this one really impressed me.

I think this was just such a great read. Although it takes a little while to get going, I loved getting to know the characters in here and reading about them, I loved seeing them get to work on this case and the mystery in here is a strong one; difficult to figure out and bringing loads of surprises along the way. All of this makes for a very strong crime novel in my opinion.

The main character is a misogonistic and arrogant man who loves to provoke people; he's not at all a likeable character but it was both entertaining and interesting to read about him. He's struggling a lot, overwhelmed by grief because of a personal tragedy, and he is somewhat self-aware but unable to stop himself from being a world class asshole. He's not a person I'd like to be around, but the kind of character who is fascinating to read about.

By the time I had gotten halfway through this book, I couldn't put it down and just had to finish, which is definitely the mark of a good mystery novel. I thought the resolution of this was fantastic and I literally gasped when I read the final page, which it's been a very long time since I've done.

I immediately ordered the next book in this series and I can't wait for it to get here so I can continue reading. If you like Nordic noir mysteries, this is a great one and I'd really recommend it. 
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2021/02/28

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