Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl

Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl

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To Kjell Ola Dahl I can only say bring it on. I can’t wait for the next in the series. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. It has been a pleasure to read and review Sister.

The Book

Oslo detective Frølich searches for the mysterious sister of a young female asylum seeker, but when people start to die, everything points to an old case and a series of events that someone will do anything to hide…

Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker, who the authorities are about to deport. She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death.

Frølich quickly discovers the whereabouts of the young woman’s sister, but things become increasingly complex when she denies having a sibling, and Frølich is threatened off the case by the police. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that the answers lie in an old investigation, and the mysterious sister, who is now on the run…

A dark, chilling and up-to-the-minute Nordic Noir thriller, Sister is also a tense and well-plotted murder mystery with a moving tragedy at its heart, cementing Kjell Ola Dahl as one of the greatest crime writers of our generation.

My Thoughts

When I start reading books which are written by authors and then translated I wonder if any part of it will be lost in translation. With Sister this is not the case. As I was reading I got swept into the hussle and bussle of the cases Frank Frølich was taking on or being forced into.

Frank Frølich is a private investigator who is struggling to get work. Then a case comes his way which not only breeds other cases but puts his life in danger.

Originally taking on a case, albeit reluctantly, looking for an asylum seekers sister little did he know that this case would lead him to follow a path of dead bodies. But who is committing these heinous crimes.

The way Kjell writes had me glued. All of these cases were coming out of the woodwork and I had no idea where they were going or who the murders were. Sometimes you have an idea where books are leading you but with Sister Kjell didn’t give anything away.  

I also loved the relationship between Frank and his girlfriend Matilde. The holiday they went on to meet her brother and the intimacy between them was written so well. 

If you like crime that is going to keep you guessing then this is the book for you. I can’t recommend it enough.

The Author

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

Sister will be published on 30 April 2020 by Orenda Books. Find out where you can buy a copy, go to Orenda Books or any good book shop.

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