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4.0 out of 5 starsThis Would Have Been a Great Book but...
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019
I really enjoy Mr. Bjork's story telling for the most part. However, I do agree with other readers that too much time is being spent on Mia's mental health issues so much so that I found myself skimming these parts and kind of glazing over. I also tired of Miriam's unrealistic issue which, just seemed like a filler because the writer couldn't think of anything else to include . Just give me a good old fashioned 'who dunnit' without all this unnecessary filler. Here's to hoping Mr. Bjork's next book will be more like his first in the series.
3.0 out of 5 starsSpoiler Alert if you Like this Author
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
Great story telling with the exception that Oslo cannot be so small that the main characters child and grandchildren figure so prominently in the first story and second story.
Also I’m so tired of the tragic life of the chief detective in all the stories out there. I’d love a series where there IS NOT a bad relationship between the parent who is a cop and their children, ex wives or parents.
This book was hard to put down... How does this author come up with such intricate plots? The characters rang true... and I'd already come to know the homicide 'team from the first book, and liked all of them. There were so many possibilities for the 'bad guy'.. but the ending made perfect sense.
4.0 out of 5 starsyeah! dark conspiracy theories! Boo! The detective's daughter is entangled in the plot.
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
I liked this sequel. I know his style is a bit choppy but hey, it all comes together. I enjoyed the Freemason theories, ritualism themes in the book. I find it rather silly tha that Miriam becomes entangled in the plot. Of course the detective's daughter. In the prequel his grandaughter was targeted. In any case, other than that silliness I'm not unhappy I read it.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot a bad follow up, but lacking compared to I travel alone
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2017
Really enjoyed his last effort 'I travel alone' so was excited to read this book. While I still enjoyed his writing and over all storytelling skill, I just didn't feel this case was nearly as interesting. Seemed like we plodded through one crime the entire book, with little additional action beside back story, character drama, and a slow build up. Still not a bad effort, but not as enjoyable as the last book. I'll be on the lookout for his next book.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis is the 2nd book in the series. I ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
This is the 2nd book in the series. I can;t wait until the 3rd one is released in english. A young girl is found murdered lying on a bed of owl feathers. Mia, policeofficer, has been struggling with depression after the death of her twin sister - using drugs and pills. I have to admit I amready for Mia to pull herself together. I hope she does in the next book
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
I purchased this book after reading Bjotk's earlier novel, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This was equally exciting with a great complex plot and good character development. I hope we will be treated to a future adventure involving Mia Kroger.
I absolutely loved I'm Travelling Alone and was really looking forward to reading this. Unfortunately this book was nowhere near as good as the first book. The murder plot itself was intriguing and should have made for a brilliant read but it didn't for numerous reasons:
One: Munch and Mia are both depressed, we get it. There's no need to mention it at every single opportunity - I don't think a chapter went by without Mia whinging about her dead sister and about wanting to kill herself. Frankly I wanted to shove her into a grave myself by the end of the book.
Two: A number of storylines introduced were frankly waffle and completely unnecessary to the overall plot. All of these pointless storylines confused me as they were completely irrelevant. A decent Editor should have sorted this before publication - a good edit would have made for a much tighter and coherent storyline.
Three: The amount of repetition and summarising of what we had just read was beyond frustrating. For example, Mia might do something in one chapter and the first couple of paragraphs of the next would be a summary of what she had just done. It almost felt like a word count needed to be reached so Bjork took the easy route. Completely unnecessary. Again, a decent editor should have spotted and sorted this.
Four: Are all of Munch's family cursed to be a victim in every murder plot in Norway? They seem to be.... I can only assume that his ex wife will be kidnapped/murdered in the next book in the series at the rate things are going. And not only Munch for that matter -someone in the police force as a whole seems to conveniently have a relative or contact who luckily enough manages to unwittingly provide a key piece of evidence.
So will I read the next in the series - oddly enough, yes I probably will. I really, really want to like these books and the first one was so good that I am willing to give one more try. I loved the murder plots in both books - totally original and interesting. The characters have so much potential to be likable if Bjork eased off on all of the suicidal stuff and gave them some sort of redeeming quality. I really hope these books don't fall into a "writing by numbers" pattern and that Bjork ups the ante a bit with his writing style otherwise what's the point?
3.0 out of 5 starsAgree with other three-star reviewers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2019
Yes, rather an ok book, this one, not nearly as good as the first. Terribly repetitive, too. And why do all the characters' names begin with M? I frankly got confused at times as to whether Munch was referring to his wife, his daughter or his granddaughter. And yes, I know it's good to have flawed , less than perfect detectives who struggle through their personal issues to solve the crime. But actually, Mia's character troubled me a lot - this is someone with serious mental health issues, suicidal tendencies and substance/alcohol abuse - yet with absolutely no support from her employers. I also tire easily at this macho approach - "I may be ill, but psychiatry is for wimps. I can do this!!" As for the plot, yes, quite good and well thought-out - though the book itself could've been 100 pages shorter, as others have remarked. But would a professional police officer head off to arrest a clearly very dangerous murderer without telling anyone and with no backup?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2021
Whilst the first book in this series was fantastic, this second helping is pretty good. There did seem to be a lot of catch up and back story in this one for some reason. The whole pentagram sacrifices don't easily make sense with idea of a boy wanting his mother to come back to life but it was still good. Like other reviews, so many of the character's names start with an M and it can get confusing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2019
This was another perfectly ok novel from Saual Bjork , but it didn't hold my attention very much ( or should that be munch ). Unfortunately for Bjork the names of both the daughter and grand daughter are very similar and there were times when I honestly could not remember weather something was happening to the daughter or grand daughter.
It was very similar to the last novel and nothing especially new was added to eng s nice the story .
2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing follow up to the fist book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2017
Impossible to see how this pair of misfits could solve anything except by accident, which is pretty much how the plot concludes. Bjork is running out of ideas with these two so called detectives. Far too much waffle about their personal problems that neither advances the plot nor tell the reader anything new about the central characters. Hope there are no more like it in the pipeline.