[Book Review] The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

34313119Title: The Devil’s Star*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: While Oslo city is overtaken by a heat wave, a woman is found murdered in her flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a pentagram has been inserted behind her eyelid. Detective Harry Hole, currently in an alcoholic stupor and soon-to-be without a job, is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler. It doesn’t take long before a wave of similar murders follows and Hole appears to have a serial killer on his hands.

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

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[Book Review] House of Spines by Michael J. Malone

35437703Title: House of Spines
Author: Michael J. Malone
Genre: Fiction, mystery, gothic, thriller, crime

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

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: Ranald McGhie, a writer struggling with mental health problems, discovers that his deceased mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families and that he has inherited Newton Hall, a mansion that belonged to his great-uncle. The mansion is first and foremost devoted to books and seemingly a perfect place for a lonely writer, but beneath the surface the house is hiding something far more sinister. As he explores the many rooms and corridors, Ranald’s grasp on reality slowly appears to be slipping.

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[Book Review] All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

18586478Title: All the Birds, Singing
Author: Evie Wyld
Genres: Fiction, contemporary, literary fiction, magical realism, mystery

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

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: Jake Whyte lives by herself in an old farmhouse on a British island, accompanied only by her dog and her flock of sheep. However, something or someone are killing the sheep. There are foxes in the woods, strange people roaming her property, and rumors of an obscure beast. Thousands of miles away there’s also Jake’s past, a past that is threatening to come back and haunt her.

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[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] The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

41rfwxn5islTitle: The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In 1945, a young woman named Laura Chase dies under ambiguous circumstances. Several decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recalls her memories of her childhood and the events and relationships that affected her wealthy, eccentric family, including her unhappy marriage to businessman Richard Griffen. Intertwined with Iris’ story are chapters from “The Blind Assassin”, the scandalous novel that made Laura famous. In it, two illicit lovers create a science fiction story about a blind killer on a distant planet. Together, these stories gradually illuminate the secrets of the Chase family.

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