I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for this fabulous book and to be able to share my review with you today.
The Owl Always Hunts At Night is available to buy now here.
From the author of the bestselling Richard and Judy bookclub pick I’m Travelling Alone
No one is safe in the dark…
When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the murder site is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene meticulously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.
Detective Mia Krüger is a woman on the edge – she has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.
But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.
As an avid reader it’s always exciting when you find a new author that you love. I think it’s because this book is a little different than other similar books that had me enthralled from start to finish.
Firstly the crime scene and indeed the crime is something I hadn’t read anything like before. The crime scene itself is quite surreal and very unsettling. One of my fellow bloggers, the lovely Francesca, described it as dream like and I think that is a great description of it as there are so many blizzard elements to it that it’s like something you could conjure up in your dreams (or nightmares)! Some of the descriptions of this are quite graphic and there were moments that turned my stomach so if you’re easily offended you might not enjoy this book.
The author takes a lot of time in helping the reader learn more about the characters so they can understand what makes them tick and why they act as they do. This made me care a lot more about them and what happened to them. I found myself wanting them to succeed and have a happy ending both in their professional and private lives. They all seemed slightly lost and broken which is hinted at being because of their job. This, along with insight into their personal lives, makes them seem very real as I realised this could be something that effects policemen or detectives in real life. I’ve never read a crime thriller where you are able to learn so much about the characters and it was very affective and helped to keep my interest.
The facts and discoveries are revealed slowly throughout the book with the tension slowly build until an amazing and hard hitting ending which blew me away. I have a new born with reflux so nights are hard at the moment, but when reading this book I no longer cared about not getting any sleep as it meant I got more time to read this book. I really hope that such a crime doesn’t happen in the real world, although I have an unsettling feeling that it might.
This is the first book I have read by this author and although it is the second book in the series it reads easily as a stand alone as anything you need to know is explained. I will be going back and reading his first book, I’m Traveling Alone soon.
Huge thanks to Thomas Hill and Transworld publishers for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour. If you like unusual, engrossing and thrilling books you will love this book.
About The Author:
Samuel Bjørk is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Øien. Øien wrote his first stageplay at the age of twenty-one and has since written two highly acclaimed novels, released six albums, written five plays, and translated Shakespeare, all in his native Norway. Øien currently lives and works in Oslo.
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