Today I’m one of two stops on the blog tour for Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl and I get to share my review with you all. First though, here’s all of the important bookish information!
About the book:
Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back … and this time, it’s personal… When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her … and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he ponders the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda investigates a disturbingly similar cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again. Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir
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About the author:
One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.
About the translator:
Don Bartlett lives with his family in a village in Norfolk. He completed an MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia in 2000 and has since worked with a wide variety of Danish and Norwegian authors, including Jo Nesbø and Karl Ove Knausgård. He has previously translated The Consorts of Death and Cold Hearts in the Varg Veum series.
Faithless is the first book I’ve read by Kjell Ola Dahl, and while not the first in this particular series, it can still most definitely be read as a standalone. The author has enough backstory between the pages that the reader won’t feel like they’ve missed any big events in the characters respective pasts.
Scandinavian crime fiction is quite honestly my favourite locational crime genre. The colder the climate and the harsher the environment, the more my interest is piqued so needless to say I was thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Faithless.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced read, you won’t get that here. What you will find with Faithless is a slow-burning and subtle story, with hidden depths and some excellent characterisation. I loved the way that Kjell Old Dahl unravelled the threads of the story, making the reader work alongside him as he wove it back together to create a thoroughly unexpected ending.
Faithless is a suspenseful story, with superb characters and an utterly engaging plot. I really enjoyed reading it, and I look forward to reading more from Kjell Ola Dahl in the future.
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