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Mostly Enjoyable But Slightly Plodding
on 26 June 2017
The claustrophobic setting of a Norwegian snow bound, mountain hotel sounded good when I read the synopsis of this book. It ultimately, proved to be the most irritating part of this book for me.
Hanne is an interesting character, left paralysed after a case went wrong, this ex police officer is at the heart of a large group of people stranded by a rail accident in the mountains of Norway.
The stranded guests begin to die and this wheelchair bound woman has to investigate, while a storm continues to keep them pinned down and isolated from the rest of the World. Added to this is the mystery of the additional rail coach attached to their train - where are the people who were travelling in that coach?
There are whole pages of descriptions of the isolation, sense of frustration and sheer logistics of nearly 200 people being trapped together in a damp, sometimes cold, snowy wilderness. For me, this proved to be limiting and the characters were slightly irritating, not interesting.
By the end, I only kept reading so that I could understand in greater detail, why on Earth, the murderer had bothered getting on the train to gain revenge for a past wrong. Surely, they could have found better opportunities to kill the first victim, the second seemed to be collateral damage.
Even at the end, the denouement was cliched, hurried and disjointed. Has this book created a thirst to read the previous Hanne Wilhelmson books? The swift answer is - No.