The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

*Huge thanks to the ever wonderful Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my copy of The Bird Tribunal to read!*

About the book:

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough. Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless.

My thoughts:

Back in April, I was lucky enough to have a cover reveal for The Bird Tribunal and I was super excited because it sounded like something I would love. Well, I wasn’t wrong!!!! 😊

The Bird Tribunal is one of the most unsettling books I’ve read in a long time. Following Allis and Sigurd’s progress through the book is almost like a character study. Both characters are clearly battling personal demons, and as the book unfolds it becomes much clearer why they are both so isolated in a physical and emotional sense.

Initially, Allis’s job as housekeeper and gardener keeps her busy but it does little to dispel the cold atmosphere created by Bagge in his home. When their relationship is turned on its head, this atmosphere becomes wrought with tension and at times, fear.

The Bird Tribunal is menacing, chilling and threatening in equal measure. Every turn of the page brings the reader closer to the unexpectedly gripping finale and it will leave you breathless as you will not see it coming.

I cannot recommend The Bird Tribunal highly enough. Disturbing, cold and completely unnerving, I could not put it down. All the stars. Exceptional!

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5 thoughts on “The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

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