I'm Traveling Alone is Bjørk's US debut and it is brilliantly crafted. We start with the discovery of a gruesome crime, a girl found hung from a tree with a tag around her neck that read "I'm Traveling Alone" it is then when the head of the Violent Crimes Department in Oslo, Holger Munch, goes looking for Mia Kruger, a former member of his team who was always considered to be the best in her field.
Mia Kruger is absolutely fascinating, a brilliant woman with a sixth sense but also with a troubled past, a past that drove her out of Oslo and into isolation in Hytta a town in the North of Norway.
The details of the crime are enough to peek Mia Krüger's interest and she joins the force again for this one case.
The story in itself is interesting enough specially when Mia sheds light on what she thinks this crime means and the urgency of solving it, but then Bjørk masterfully creates a web of lies and secrets that ultimately drive the motif for the crime. Running against the clock the team has no time to look at every detail yet every detail was skillfully plotted by the killer and them figuring out what it all means will be the difference between life and death of more than one. Tick tock... who is next?
This was my first read for the year and what a read it was...Bjørk's follow up "The Owl Always Hunts at Night" will be hitting shelves this June.