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What Is Mine [Paperback]

Anne Holt
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  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446178187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446178181
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What Is Mine All over Oslo, children are disappearing. One afternoon after school, nine-year-old Emilie doesn't come home. After a frantic search, her father finds her backpack in a deserted alley. A week later, a five-year-old boy goes missing. And then another. Meanwhile, Johanne Vik, a former FBI profiler, is buried in crimes of the past, trying to get to the heart of a decades-old false murder conviction t... Full description

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book- but beware 18 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The beware is so that you don't fall into the trap that I did! Having read "Punishment" and thought it was brilliant, I then bought "What Is Mine" only to find out that they are the same book!! - I know I should have read the synopsis, so silly me - it won't happen again!!

Beware also that "The Final Murder" by Anne Holt is also published as "What Never Happens". (I didn't think this was as good as Punishment).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner from Norway 8 Aug 2006
By John Carsten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was given to me recently. Anne Holt has done very good work here, especially in the character development department. I strongly disagree with the editorial review by Publishers Weekly that said less time could have been spent on character descriptions. The plot, a serial killer in Norway develops quickly- Almost too quickly. The interplay between Vik, the psychologist/academic and Stubo, the methodical detective is well done. Getting to know them is a significant part of the story. As stated in prior reviews young children disappear and turn up with no apparent cause of death. We get to meet the psychopath early on but have to wait for the conclusion to get the whole story.

I enjoyed the book- Style and story. While sometimes finding translations difficult to get into this one is an exception. Ms Holt had me losing sleep.

The only criticism I offer is that the story almost appeared to be rushed towards the end. For this reason alone I would have given it a 4.5 if that was offered. I was enjoying it so much I could have gone another 75 to 100 pages if the story could have continued to be supported. All in all I expect to be reading more Anne Holt.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thrills Translate into any Language 1 July 2006
By Terri Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An eight-year-old girl is kidnapped walking home from school, sending the low-crime country of Norway into a tailspin. On the heels of that atrocity, a five-year-old disappears only to be returned to his parents' home days later, dead. A serial child murderer is on the loose and detective Adam Stubo turns to former FBI agent, now lawyer Johanne Vik for a profile of the killer. Together they race against the clock to find the kidnapper before another child turns up dead.

Originally written in Norwegian, this book is a fast-pace thriller with a twisting plot and intricate details. In addition to the suspense, Anne Holt fills the pages with well-rounded characters, each with their own personal struggle. Readers will empathize with Adam's loss of his wife and Johanne's attempts to successfully parent a mentally handicapped child. Together they make the pages of this book come to life, and readers will have hard time putting it down until the very end. However, while this is an enjoyable book, there are a few too many convenient coincidences in the final pages to satisfy typical readers of this genre.

Perhaps most notable is that, unlike most thrillers, this story lacks graphic violence. While many might be disturbed at the idea of a child serial killer, there is nothing bloody or gory about What Is Mine, which will appeal to a wide cross-section of readers.

Reviewed by Joelle Charbonneau-Blanco

6/26/2006
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story, Uneven Craft 30 July 2009
By The Gripester - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I recently picked up "What Is Mine," also known by the title "Punishment" by Norwegian author Anne Holt, the first book in her so-called Vik/Stubø series. This is a Scandinavian interpretation of the whole "profiler" craze that has dominated television and crime novels for the past decade. The story revolves around researcher and psychologist Johanne Vik and Oslo police detective Adam Stubø, and their attempts to apprehend the perpetrator of a series of child-murders. As a researcher, Vik is also involved in clearing the name of a suspect who was convicted of raping and murdering a child many decades ago.

The story is told from many perspectives: that of the murderer, whose chilling mission is slowly revealed through his sociopathic reactions; that of one of his captives, who witnesses a series of his victims pass through her dismal prison; that of the police detective, whose relationships with his workmates is far from ideal; and most importantly, that of the reluctant profiler Vik, who is unwillingly pulled deeper and deeper into the case as the killer's list of victims grows.

My reaction is mixed. I felt that the writer was capable of better writing, and I was expecting that a book which bore the blurb "The International Bestseller" would have been better than it turned out to be. On the one hand the plot and some of the characterization were first-rate. Also Holt's sense of setting was excellent - she spent much time as a journalist in the US Northeast and brings it to life, and she also describes Norway in a compelling way. But the book suffered from many distracting, often infuriating faults that I would scarcely expect from an author who already had 8 novels under her belt. Firstly, people's emotional reactions are portrayed as being somewhat perverse. This would not be a bad thing, but there is little character development supplied to help the reader understand the source of such odd reactions, such as the police detective wanting to embrace and kiss the corpse of one of the child victims. Another trait I found annoying was Holt's rather affected way of having one character start a conversation with another, without telling the reader who the other person is in the dialog until the next page. There were also many other needless distractions, like having a book group murmur with remorse over the manner of an author's suicide, which is then never revealed to the reader. Due to these and many other sins, either self-indulgent or immaturely crafted, the book comes off as average when it could have been brilliant.

Perhaps the most grievous defect is the length of the story arc in which the self-tortured Vik allows herself to be talked into helping Stubø. No ethical psychologist that I know would wait through three murders before agreeing to help stop the killing of defenseless children. Especially not one who, like Vik, is a mother. Holt is trying to show that her character has some internal demons that are holding her back, but since these are not dealt with other than by fleeting mention, it becomes very difficult to have any empathy in the reader's mind for Vik.

There is another title in this series in print, and apparently a translation of her third book coming out soon. I am on the fence about reading the next one. While there was a great deal of promise in this book, an author who is playing games with her readers after 8 novels is unlikely to change her ways.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Satisfying: What Is Mine by Anne Holt 12 July 2010
By Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
"Now you've got what you deserved," states the note attached to Kim Oksøy's body when it is mysteriously returned to his home. Five-year-old Kim had been taken from his bedroom during the night just six days after eight-year-old Emilie Selbu disappeared while walking home from school. Even more puzzling, Kim's autopsy failed to find a cause of death while Emilie's fate remains unknown.

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Stubo of the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) very much wants lawyer/psychologist Johanne Vik to serve as profiler on the case. After all, Vik had taken an FBI profiling course in the U.S. several years ago and came highly recommended by her F.B.I. Instructor. She had also authored a research paper on sexually motivated crimes. But Vik wants nothing to do with these disappearances. As the single mother of a four-year-old, she doesn't want to think about crimes against children. Yet she is currently working on a project to prove the innocence of Aksel Seier, a man convicted of the brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl more than thirty years ago who was released from prison without explanation after serving just a few years of his sentence. A former attorney who worked on Seier's parole application has been haunted by his case and would like to confirm his innocence before she dies. Vik has agreed to find Seier and investigate his case.

With "What Is Mine," Anne Holt has crafted a riveting mystery told from multiple perspectives in which much of the information about the crimes and characters is scattered among several narrative threads. Holt proves an expert storyteller, dangling details in just the right tantalizing amounts to create a great page-turner whose two central characters have lives that extend beyond the plot to form narratives of their own. Readers should not miss this complex and satisfying mystery.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! 13 Aug 2007
By Arnold Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wow! Great Characters! depth and feeling! I loved it. I cannot wait for more. A fantastic Tale from Mrs. Holt
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