#blurb:The first in a new Norwegian crime series featuring disgraced ex-Chief Inspector Thorkild Aske, a damaged man with a complicated past Fresh out of prison and a stint in a psychiatric hospital, disgraced ex-policeman Thorkild Aske only wants to lose himself in drugged dreams of his beloved Frei. Wild, unknowable Frei. The woman he loved. The woman he has lost forever. Yet when Frei’s young cousin goes missing off the Norwegian coast and Thorkild is called in by the family to help find him, dead or alive, Thorkild cannot refuse. He owes them this. Tormented by his past, Thorkild soon finds himself deep in treacherous waters. He’s lost his reputation – will he now lose his life?
Author: Heine Bakkeid
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
Thorkild, an ex-police inspector is freshly out of prison and struggling to get back to his normal life. He is on pills and looking for job when a past acquaintance, Arne Villmyr shows up with his son missing. Though he is convinced that his son, Rasmus is dead but still for the mental satisfaction oh his wife, he appoints Thorkild to the task of finding out Rasmus’s dead body. Thorkild has a dark past with Rasmus’s cousin and is still suffering from the aftermath of that accident. Still Thorkild embarks on the journey of finding Ramus in Northern Norway. The things he discovers in the search mission are shocking, dangerous and eerie at the same time. With hidden mysteries and paranormal activities it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The book starts slow but within 100 pages it picks up pace and keeps you hooked till the end. The plot is well built with an interesting cast of characters. Also the turn of events keeps you wanting for more at the end of every chapter. The story is set up in a little island with an abandoned light house where there is storm almost every day. The chilly atmosphere and disappearing people make it all the more enthralling. Also it deals with trauma and mental breakdown of the protagonist making us feel more connected to him and grieve for what he went through. With a spooky backdrop the mystery is weaved beautifully. If you are a sucker for mystery and thrillers it can be your next weekend read. It would have been a perfect 5star read but I felt some parts were dragged and could have been shortened easily. Nevertheless it’s a good book to enjoy.
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