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Storm ravaged Scandinavian crime thriller,
This review is from: 1222: (Hanne Wilhelmsen 8) (Hardcover)
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Whilst travelling by rail through the Norwegian mountains, wheelchair-bound former police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is caught up in a train crash. The passengers are sheltered in a remote hotel when a vicious storm hits and they become snowed in. Events soon take a sinister turn when a prominent member of the party is found dead. Could a murderer be trapped amongst the stricken passengers?
This story is a snowbound update on an Agatha Christie favourite, And Then There Were None, and in fact this book is mentioned by Hanne. It's an interesting premise, survivors of a train crash trapped in the sprawling old hotel by a furious storm, with a mysterious group of armed men who segregate themselves from the group. Suspicions and recriminations soon set in amongst the passengers, who several times threaten to mutiny against the hotel staff and Hanne, whose police experience means she becomes an unofficial leader.
The story also sees development in Hanne's character. She goes from being a rude and isolated figure, to building relationships with others around her. I haven't read any other Anne Holt books, but I would be interested to learn more about Hanne's background.
Whilst the premise is great for a thriller, and plenty of unexpected events occur, the book could have been a bit more exciting, as I never felt that I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen. The atmosphere wasn't as intense as I would have hoped for from a story about a group of people trapped with a murderer in a remote hotel, it actually gave off a detached air, but perhaps this is as a result of having Hanne as the central character.
But overall, still a good read, and if you're a Scandinavian crime fan, as I am, I'd give this book a chance.