Wednesday, 9 September 2015

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: The Girl in the Ice - Lotte and Soren Hammer

Release Date: 02/07/15
Publisher: Bloomsbury 


Under the heartless vault of the Greenland's arctic sky the body of a girl is discovered. Half-naked and tied up, buried hundreds of miles from any signs of life, she has lain alone, hidden in the ice cap, for twenty-five years. Now an ice melt has revealed her.

When Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is flown in to investigate this horrific murder and he sees how she was attacked, it triggers a dark memory and he realises this was not the killer's only victim. As Simonsen's team work to discover evidence that has long since been buried, they unearth truths that certain people would rather stayed forgotten. But the pressure is on as it becomes clear that the killer chooses victims who all look unsettlingly similar, a similarity that may be used to the investigators' advantage, just so long as they can keep the suspect in their sights…


I love my Scandinavian Crime and to be honest I had high hopes for this book. Sadly it failed to deliver right from the get go. The characters were sadly 2d, the plot was easy to see and whilst it might have had something going for it early on, it soon fell into farcical proportions with sheer lack of sense as well as complete ineptitude of the investigating officers.

Sadly whilst I would like to blame it all on the writers, I do wonder if a lot of the problems was due to translation going more for the literal rather than helping it flow into the English language. All round a book that I’d suggest you skip completely and await the next Scandinavian Thriller to emerge.

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