Blog Tour stop for this spectacular and chilling Nordic noir, packed with atmosphere.
"When the tenant of a house that university professor Nina owns with her doctor husband goes missing after an uncomfortable visit, Nina starts her own investigation … with deeply disturbing results. The long-awaited new thriller from the bestselling author of The Bird Tribunal "
One of Norway’s most distinguished voices, Agnes Ravatn’s first novel to be published in the UK was The Bird Tribunal. It won an English PEN Translation Award, was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and the Petrona Award, and was adapted for a BBC Book at Bedtime.
She returns now with a dark, powerful and deeply disturbing psychological thriller about family, secrets and dangerous curiosity…
University professor Nina is at a turning point. Her work seems increasingly irrelevant, her doctor husband is never home, relations with her adult daughter Ingeborg are strained, and their beautiful house is scheduled for demolition.
When Ingeborg decides to move into another house they own, things take a very dark turn. The young woman who rents it disappears, leaving behind her son, the day after Nina and Ingeborg pay her a visit. With few clues, the police enquiry soon grinds to a halt, but Nina has an inexplicable sense of guilt.
Unable to rest, she begins her own investigation, but as she pulls on the threads of the case, it seems her discoveries may have very grave consequences for her and her family.
This is a spectacular and chilling Nordic noir, packed with atmosphere this read gripped me from beginning to end.
In this read we meet Nina who is facing the loss of her childhood home to the developers in the city under a compulsory purchase order.
This loss seems on par with other parts of her family life, a tilt in happiness and an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction, the relationship with her daughter Ingeborg is challenging and her marriage to Mads
seems lack lustre.
The loss of the home leads them to plan to move into her husbands aunts old house but there is a tenant in situ, Nina and her daughter take a trip to see the house, after a rough meeting mostly caused by Ingeborg and her demanding nature and rudeness they are suddenly informed that the tenant Mari is moving out.
But on the day of the move they discover Mari has disappeared leaving her young son behind! , with no one listening or answering her questions surrounding this event this leads Nina to start her own investigation into Mari's disappearance, but will she uncover the truth and in the end will she want to face it?
This read is filled with emotion, less or a criminal investigation but more Nina own person hunt through her life and through Maris to tackle the haunting secrets tat lie at the heart of this story.
Full of tension, this read grips you with its passion and the emotive jounery Nina undertakes, a really stand out in the Nordic Noir genre and an author I can not wait to read more from
Agnes Ravatn (b. 1983) is a Norwegian author and columnist. She made her literary début with the novel Week 53 (Veke 53) in 2007.
Since then she has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections: Standing still (Stillstand), 2011, Popular Reading (Folkelesnad), 2011, and Operation self-discipline (Operasjon sjøldisiplin), 2014. In these works, Ravatn revealed a unique, witty voice and sharp eye for human fallibility.
Her second novel, The Bird Tribunal (Fugletribuanlet), was an international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, winning an English PEN Award, shortlisting for the Dublin Literary Award, a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and a BBC Book at Bedtime.
It was also made into a successful play, which premiered in Oslo in 2015. Agnes lives with her family in the Norwegian countryside.
Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.
All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.