My final book of 2015 was this beauty!
My thanks go to Ben Willis at Transworld Books for my copy of Samuel Bjork’s I’m Travelling Alone.
I’d seen this book pop up a few times on Twitter so I added it to my wish list as it sounded right up my street. Luckily, thanks to a retweet I got a copy from Ben!
As some of you may know, I’m a huge Scandi/Nordic crime fiction book lover, so of course I was excited when I read the premise of Bjork’s book.
About the book:
When a six-year-old girl is found dead, hanging from a tree, the only clue the Oslo Police have to work with is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’.
Holger Munch, veteran police investigator, is immediately charged with re-assembling his homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must convince his erstwhile partner, Mia Krüger – a brilliant but troubled investigator – to return from the solitary island where she has retreated with plans to take her own life.
Reviewing the evidence, Mia identifies something no one else has noticed – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. Instinctively, she knows that this is only the beginning. To save other children from the same fate, she must find a way to cast aside her own demons and confront the most terrifying, cold-hearted serial killer of her career…
What a book to end my reading year on! If I had read this before my top ten books post (which you can read HERE!), I’m pretty sure this would have made the list! Maybe I might do a post about my favourite Scandi crime books in the new year! 😊
I’m Travelling Alone is a superb thriller. I was unsure when I started it, because it introduced a whole heap of characters and all were seemingly unrelated. Boy was I wrong!!! The intricacies built into the characters and their varying relationships was so well done that at times I was super confused as to who knew whom and from where!
Holger Munch and Mia Krüger are both brilliant leads. Both (as with most police officers) have their own issues, but this instantly displays their vulnerability and I warmed to them both equally and quickly.
I don’t want to give too much away as regards the plot, but it’s safe to say that the killer in ITA is delusional and deranged to say very least.
My favourite parts of the book were the moments in the interim of the investigation. Quick asides, and hurried phone calls all hold some tiny piece of information for you to try and piece together the puzzle of the killer.
I’m normally pretty good at figuring out the perpetrator, but to be honest, I couldn’t figure this one until maybe a couple of chapters before the big reveal!!! It was frustrating, but in a good way.
I thoroughly enjoyed I’m Travelling Alone. It’s definitely a well plotted book, with a fantastic array of characters. I gave this book an easy 5 ⭐️ on Goodreads and I would highly recommend it! 😊
You can buy your copy HERE
Happy reading 😊📖