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  • Masterful & Compulsive!

    The Boy in the Headlights is the third novel to feature Norwegian detectives Holger Munch and Mia Krüger. Having read the first book in the series - I'm Travelling Alone - I was looking forward to reading this, so I was happy to dive straight in, despite not having been able to get around to reading book two, entitled “The Owl Always Hunts at Night.” In winter 1996, an old man is driving home when his headlights catch a deer on the empty road up ahead, but it turns out to be a frightened, scared young boy with a set of deer antlers strapped to his head. Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake and within weeks, three people have died. Thought to be the handiwork of a serial killer, a clue has been left on each occasion, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game. To find the killer they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer when you cannot begin to predict their next move? Mia Krüger the inspired, now notorious, investigator is still in a bad place mentally, obsessing over the death of her twin sister. Given to occasional strokes of genius, death and suicide are never far from her thoughts as she continues to wrestle with her alcohol and prescription drug dependencies. Although Mia longs to join her dead twin Sigrid, there are small indications of hope in this novel. I could identify with her highs and lows and have maximum appreciation for her portrayal. Mia's boss Holger Munch, is still, optimistically, hoping to reunite with his ex-wife whom he still loves. The beginning of this novel perfectly sets the mood and atmosphere for the rest of the story, as does the discovery of a body in a lake – a young ballet dancer still in her dance costume. As the body count grows, Holger Munch becomes disillusioned by the involvement of outside agencies, and his lack of control in the case(s). Samuel Bjørk really keeps the pace rolling and he masterfully embraces all of the members of the team, not just Holger Munch and Mia Krüger. With excellent writing, there was an abundance of clever touches and interesting characters, and I particularly appreciated Curry’s greater participation. With mental illness a recurring theme, there were some troubling scenes of viciousness and an ever-present darkness to this story. Despite the bleak and and nasty subject matter, the book never felt depressing and the action moved swiftly, keeping me enthralled throughout. The Boy in the Headlights is unsettling, imaginative and well written with characters that are beginning to feel real, as opposed to being mere acquaintances. I look forward to reading more in this series and recommend this instalment highly. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Random House UK via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Munch and Kruger are back

    And they are back for the third book in the series, Holger Munch is still hoping that he and his wife will get back together, not going to happen, and Mia Kruger is still totally obsessed with her dead twin sister. But aside from that they have another case to solve. Having read the first two books in this series I knew I was in for a good read from Samuel Bjork and I wasn’t disappointed. A gripping read, beginning in 1999 as an old man is driving home on the cold, icy roads, he had hoped to be home before dark, but this didn’t happen, he is clearly uncomfortable driving In these conditions, and you feel tense for him, all of a sudden there is something ahead in the road, at first he thought it was an animal, but as he slammed on his breaks and stopped he realised it was a young boy with antlers stuck to his head, what a start! But will this be linked to anything later in the book and how? We jump fourteen years, and a father and son out fishing make a gruesome discovery, the young boy hooks a dead body on his fishing line, that of a young girl, a ballet dancer in full costume, a needle mark on the body but no clue as to how she ended up there. Within weeks, three more people are dead, the killer has left a clue, inviting Munch and Kruger to play a deadly game, but is it a game they have any chance of winning? This is another tightly plotted book by Samuel Bjork, the story is told through numerous viewpoints. A good overview of police procedural detail, and the brilliant working of the mind of Mia who is always insightful. The atmospheric settings work brilliantly with the story. At times very complex, with characters thrown in as red herrings but threads that bind to knit the plot together with ease. This is another successful book by Samuel Bjork if you like Nordic Noir. I recommend this book and the two previous books, although this can be read as a stand-alone novel it does help to know the quirks and mannerisms of Munch and Kruger. Gripping from start to finish. Thank you to netgalley and Doubleday for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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  • The boy in the headlights

    This was a great read, keeps you guessing right until the end, I have not read his earlier books but I will now. Really enjoyed it

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  • Fabulous

    As good as his first two. Great characters and plot

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  • Revenge?

    Mysterious killings of random strangers tie up the police force and the government gets involved as well - looking for a ruthless revenge killer. Several suspects identified were found but the killing continues....

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