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The Final Murder (Vik/Stubo) Paperback – 2 Jun 2016
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Anne Holt is the Godmother of Norwegian crime fiction. -- Jo Nesbo Lively, unusual and persuasive. Holt writes with the command we have come to expect from the top Scandinavian writers. * The Times * Anne Holt is a thriller writer of the highest order. -- Liza Marklund Step aside, Stieg Larsson, Holt is the queen of Scandinavian crime thrillers. * Red Magazine *
The gripping second instalment in Anne Holt's Vik/Stubo series. Johanne Vik and Adam Stubo set out to solve a series of celebrity killings in this chilling thriller from Norway's bestselling female crime writer.See all Product description
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There seemed to be more lost in translation in this one, too. You expect some, of course, but this was worse than her others and had me rolling my eyes more than once. Again, the translator went all American on us with the spellings. At one point she added "nine, ten" to a sentence and I didn't understand this at all and Jessie's blouse is what we'd usually call a big girl's blouse, I'd think.
Some was used when something was meant and which when I'd have thought who would fit better. She also mentioned somebody being in the sofa a couple of times as opposed to on. Also saying an arch-lever file when it's supposed to be lever-arch. Also bases and not basis was written and lightening and not lightning (although it was correct on the very next page) !!
There were some funny little remarks in it, however, that were still funny in English ! In places I got a little confused as she switched countries and because all the places weren't familiar to me I got lost with it here and there. Then all of a sudden the characters "thought" a great deal instead of speaking. I found that odd. It's like she chose to write in a whole different style but not from the beginning. There was also a lot of leaning going on throughout, I noticed.
All in all, definitely not her best for me.
I enjoyed the story but am still getting to grips with the author's writing style. I find the broken up sentences interspersed with long asides, quite distracting. I'll just have to read more to become more familiar with her style of writing. A great idea but the ending left me frustrated.
Not just any old story of any old serial killer and any old cops: a particularly unpredictable killer who leaves a ghastly trail of celebrity victims but no clues and no plausible motives; who follows a pattern outlined by some else, in time gone by and a world away.
An impossible task for the detectives? As time passes and the media and politics start howling for results, the trail seems ever more tangled. No clues, no motives, nowhere to turn.
Until the profiler recognises the pattern.
But where will it lead? Who is the next designated victim? Is this to be the end of the sequence? Why?
And to add to the anguish, When? And How?
Stop waiting for answers, read it! (Will you find any? All of them?)...
A highly crafted novel, well worth your time.
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