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  • Good Debut Crime Novel

    The Girl Without Skin Mads Peder Nordbo The Girl Without Skin is book one in the Matthew Cave series by Danish author, Mads Peder Nordbo. The novel was translated to English by Charlotte Barslund and is Nordbo’s debut crime novel. The author has done well in his first foray into the genre. This crime novel bravely addresses some disturbing topics: rape and incest. Current political corruption, intrigue and mystery are blended well with the past, leading to interesting plot twists. The flora and fauna are both beautifully detailed. The scenery is so vividly described and utilized that it’s actually a character unto itself. Some of the names and locations were difficult but that is to be expected. Overall, I enjoyed The Girl Without Skin and give it 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to all fans of the crime mystery genre. There are some gory details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers. My thanks to Text Publishing Company and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

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  • Disturbing

    journalist, law-enforcement, international-crime-and-mystery, suspense, horror Very dark. If you enjoy reading about the hard truths of man's inhumanity on a small scale, rather than war and that kind of high body count, this may be for you. There is a lot of blood, personalized torture, and apparently meaningless violence in a story that is of a particular species of horror to law enforcement anywhere in the world. The visualization of the countryside is beautiful, getting inside the murderer's head is disturbing, and the whole thing gives suspense a new depth. The writing is beyond very good, but the subject matter is quite disturbing. Charlotte Barslund (Translator) needs to be loudly recognized for her work as well! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Text Publishing Company via NetGalley.

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  • mystery set in mysterious Greenland

    Greenland is a far away place that I know little about. In The Girl Without Skin, Greenland is a cold place that has a sad history of its treatment of women. A cold, wet place hiding secrets that are about to unfold in a rather unpredictable way. Suspenseful is the first word I would use to describe this story. Matthew Cave is a journalist from Denmark who returns to Greenland after the deaths of his wife and unborn child. He is broken and chooses Greenland because it is the place of his birth. Also the last known location of his father, who sent Matthew and his mother to Denmark with the understanding that he would join them shortly. He never returned. Matthew is placed on a story about a mummy recently discovered in a crevasse in a remote area of Greenland. No one suspects that this mummy will soon bring to light years of secrets and scandal affecting the government of Greenland. Wrapped up in the story and scandal is a young woman with a shaved head and covered neck to ankle in tattoos. Years in prison have hardened her, and she has secrets to share as well. There were parts of this book that were clearly hard subject matter to read. There is some gore, but in a clinical sense, and not simply for sensationalism. But be warned, these are tough subjects. I found this book hard to put down for so many reasons. It was taking place in a location foreign to me. The flow of the story, traveling between 1973 and 2014, was fraught with drama, love, and tragedy. Very well written, it keeps throwing curveballs and keeps your attention. Although originally written in another language, the translation is well done. As this is the first of Nordbo’s books to be translated into English, it might be a while before getting another chance for a great Danish suspense. Read this one while you’re waiting. Review originally posted at BookwormishMe.com

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