Nothing is what it seems. Karl and Marte Vollan live in an isolated farmhouse in rural Norway. It seems like paradise, until suddenly it becomes a living nightmare. During the dead of winter, Karl tries to drive heavily pregnant Marte to hospital. But before he can get his car out of the thick snow and off their land, they are attacked by a hooded figure. The stranger is holding a hatchet, and it is covered in dark blood. Karl desperately tries to get them both away, but their attacker overpowers them. He escorts them back to their home, locks the doors, and cuts the phone lines. Suddenly Karl realizes he knows who he is. He knows he was committed to a mental institution. He knows he has broken out of prison. And he knows he is a convicted murderer. But does the attacker recognize Karl? Does he realize Karl is a retired policeman? As Marte's labor pains get increasingly worse, Karl becomes more and more desperate. There must be a way out. Why has the attacker targeted their farmhouse? Was it just a coincidence or is he here to kill them? Karl will do anything to save the lives of Marte and their unborn child. But how far will he have to go? And how long will it be before blood runs cold?
Blood Ran Cold is a Scandinavian psychological thriller from debut author Sten Ostberg.
"Chilling and haunting with a twist I never saw coming." - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off.
©2015 Sten Ostenberg (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
This was a thrilling short story. I felt tense the whole way through, wondering he was going to do or say next, all to end up feeling a little bit sad for the "bad guy", but vastly relieved that it was over. The dilemma, not the story! Great visuals and storytelling, I would suggest this to anyone who enjoys a good thriller but doesn't have a lot of time to read much at once.
Bob says: 4 Platypires overall
Yes. I very much liked the narrator.
A number of twists.
The ending makes you rethink your attitude towards the man who holds the couple hostage.
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