Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from revealing her controversial research on the evolutionary origin of birds when her supervisor Lars Helland is found dead with his tongue and a copy of her thesis in his lap. As the police investigate the most brutal and calculated case they've ever known, Anna remains convinced someone is trying to stop her research coming to light. She must fight to prove her innocence and fight for her life.
©2008 Sissel-Jo Gazan (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd
"A top-flight thriller - smart and outrageously entertaining" Christopher Fowler, (Financial Times)
"Intelligently plotted and psychologically believable" (The Times)
"Formidable and satisfying... in the author's menacing world, sins of emotional cowardice and betrayal can be just as awful as offenses against the criminal code" Tom Nolan, (The Wall Street Journal selected as one of the top ten mysteries of 2013.
"My best mystery of the year turns out to be yet another stunner from Scandinavia. I could be wrong (but I don't think I am) when I say that Gazan disposes of a murder victim here by an infernal means that no other mystery writer--not even the resourceful Dame Agatha--ever concocted." Maureen Corrigan, (NPR, Favorite 10 Books of 2013)
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"Spoilt by performance"
Worth looking at other books by the author - but not necessarily if they are spoken by the same person
Interesting characters and good story line
No - it was very slow and stagey at times and then rushed through the complex details which made it difficult to take in
Slow to start
"Overly dramatic performance spoils it"
Whilst the dinosaur/bird basis for the story was different, albeit a bit of a red herring, the amount of character padding had me confused. Nevertheless, the overall plot was quite enjoyable. What spoilt it for me was the overdramatic performance of the narrator. Every time Annabelle featured I thought a nervous breakdown was about to ensue, both from her and me.
"Too long and drawn out"
The plot sounded interesting but in the end it was so long and drawn out that I lost interest. I also struggled with the narrator but persevered. Finally the main female character was so irritating (either stroppy or blubbing) I found myself secretly hoping that someone would do her in to put me out of my misery.
Less unnecessary detail and side plots.
Much of the private life of Professor Freeman and Anna Bella's early days.
Interesting plot let down by too much detail that slowed the pace of the novel way too much for me.
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