[Book Review] End of Watch by Stephen King

33641267Title: End of Watch
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, horror, supernatural, mystery, crime

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes Killer, has been in a vegetative state for five years since he was stopped by police detective Bill Hodges. Complete recovery is unlikely, but Brady is awake and in possession of new deadly powers. Bill Hodges, now retired, runs an investigation agency with his partner Holly Gibney. They are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre. This is the start of their most dangerous case yet, one in which Brady Hartsfield is somehow pulling all the strings, and he’s planning revenge not only on Hodges and his friends, but also on an entire city.

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[Book Review] Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

34313100Title: Nemesis*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A female cashier is shot dead during a brutal bank robbery. Detective Harry Hole is on the case, but after a dinner with an old ex-girlfriend he wakes up with no memory of the last 12 hours. The girl is later found dead under mysterious circumstances and Harry starts receiving threatening e-mails: someone is trying to frame him for murder. The bank robberies continue, a killer is on the run, and Harry Hole has suddenly become the number one suspect…

*I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sorgenfri”.

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[Book Review] It by Stephen King

27877138Title: It
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, horror, thriller, mystery, suspense

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Outland.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Derry, Maine: a small city practically oozing with hometown familiarity and real horror. When they first had to face It, they were only kids. Then the children grew up, moved away from Derry, forgot everything that had happened, and became successful adults. However, now that It once again has started preying on the city’s children, they must return to their hometown and their past nightmares, and fulfil their promise to defeat the monster hiding in Derry’s sewers.

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[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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[Book Review] Hunger by Knut Hamsun

9788205394810Title: Hunger*
Author: Knut Hamsun
Genre: Fiction, classics, literary fiction, psychological

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set at the end of the 19th century, we follow the struggles of a starving young man trying to make it as a writer in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. On the outside he tries to maintain an image of someone respectable and dignified, his sense of pride is strong, and he works hard to get his work published. However the poverty he lives in, and not to mention the overwhelming hunger he feels on a daily basis, slowly but surely shatters his sense of reality.

I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sult”.

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[Book Review] The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

34313091Title: The Redbreast*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: During President Clinton’s visit in Norway, police officer Harry Hole accidentally shoots a Secret Service Agent. The incident is covered up and Hole is promoted to inspector. He’s assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities, which is a mundane task until the discovery of a rare and unusual rifle is made. This is followed by several startling leads pointing to neo-Nazi networks and a mysterious contact only known as “the Prince”. Then an old drunk and former soldier is found with his throat slit, and Hole slowly unravels a murder plot dating all the way back to World War II.

* I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Rødstrupe”.

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[Book Review] Monsters by Emerald Fennell

25399706Title: Monsters
Author: Emerald Fennell
Genre: Fiction, horror, mystery, YA, children’s

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In the Cornish town of Fowey, the body of a young woman is discovered in the fishing nets. She has been murdered. While the small town is in grief and shock, there is a twelve-year-old girl who is not. She loves murders and is delighted with these recent events. She starts her own investigation and is eventually joined by Miles Giffard, a twelve-year-old boy who is in Fowey on summer vacation and who has similar morbid interests. The investigation deepens, slowly revealing the town’s dark secrets and the children’s twisted humor.

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