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  • Grimy and Immersive

    Selma Falck is a household name in Norway. Once an Olympian handball player, a general celebrity and chair of her own law-firm, Selma appears successful, happy and enviable. However, when a client discovers her worst secret, her house of cards collapses under its own weight. With a deal struck, Selma must uncover who is behind the possible sabotaging of the nation's best female cross-country skier, or lose everything she has ever worked for. A twisting story of suspicion, revenge and fear, A Grave For Two weaves so many twisting threads that I found myself constantly flipping back to cross reference names and places. This Norwegian crime novel features fascinating characters and a lot of cross country skiing politics. The connections between the characters are intriguing, and the author does well to drag you into her tightening web. The style is dark and a little grimy in it's honesty, something which seems to be popular in hardcore adult crime fiction. I physically gagged a few times, particularly in the chapter titled The Dough. I can see the appeal of unfiltered honest writing, but if you are looking for a fun escapist read to get you through the week, I don't think this is it. However, if you are looking for an intelligent read with relatable characters and a deeply screwed-up baddie, then this is the book for you. A Grave For Two is not necessarily my cup of tea, but it was intriguing nonetheless. It takes some getting into, which may be a bit of an uphill struggle if you are as uninterested in the world of skiing as I am, but it's worthwhile for the final roundup of unveiled facts and characters confronted.

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  • Cross country crime

    This is an intriguing crime story based around the popular Norwegian sport of cross country skiing. It has a large cast of characters including a shamed lawyer, an skier accused of using a banned substance and her father, a dead skier and his family, a homeless man and many more. Whilst these characters add a lot to this book I have to admit there were occasions when I kept having to flick back to remind myself who was who however it would have been difficult to script this without such a full cast. This wasn’t a quick and easy read but it’s well written and realistic and has been well translated from its original Norwegian version. The setting in the world of cross country skiing provided an original backdrop and storyline and made for an unusual but enjoyable read.

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