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Not for me,
This review is from: 1222: (Hanne Wilhelmsen 8) (Hardcover)
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I'm afraid I can't see what some reviewers get from this book. I really didn't like it at all. Unusually for me, I took an almost instant dislike to it. There's a train crash and the death of the driver is immediately dismissed - "it wasn't a disaster". We're then introduced to the main character, an ex-policewoman, who is rude, unpleasant and very unlikeable. Next character is a teenager who swears a lot, most of which seems out of place to me. The chapter headings for some reason follow the Beaufort wind scale so that Chapter 1 [Force 0 - not even a breeze] takes place with a fierce storm howling outside. Duh. OK, follows what you might think to be a classic crime formula in almost an Agatha Christie type whereby a number of characters are shut in a building with no way out and a murder occurs therefore one of them's the killer. Well, that's not a first is it, and deftly handled, can be effective, but not here alas. I note it's translated from the original Norwegian but I can't help but feel it's lost an awful lot in the process [eg do many of us say 'Well, I never...' any more?]. Anne Holt has, apparently, been translated into several languages and sold loads. OK, so why hasn't one of the first ones been the virtually univeral English, with global market? I don't know. I did feel, however, a distinct Scandinavian feel to it [yes,yes, I know...], a sort of winter depression. You get it in the pessimistic cynicism of the much better written Wallender novels and the now hugely known Larson and I can more or less live with that as I've enjoyed the books of both those writers but in this case, I just didn't feel it was right. I genuinely wanted to enjoy this novel and was looking forward to it but in the end found it very disappointing.