“The Oslo Detectives are back in another slice of gripping, dark Nordic Noir, and their new colleague has more at stake than she’s prepared to reveal…
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…”
Anyone who has been reading my blog or looked at my twitter will know that I am very partial to a bit of crime and thriller and Sister definitely did not disappoint! This is my first book by Kjell Ola Dahl and I am pleased to see he has written plenty of others (my poor “to be read” mountain and bank balance, haha). The first few chapters definitely caught my attention, the task Frølich is set – to find the missing girl with almost nothing to go on – made me curious and got my mind racing about how people can seem to just disappear. I was also interested to see how the refugee centre and asylum seekers were portrayed. Finding this missing girl could mean so much more than just a family reunion, it is the one slim hope Aisha has of remaining in Norway rather than being sent back to Iraq.
I really enjoyed how the story and all the strands were allowed to unfold at a leisurely pace – I never felt like I was being rushed along but the plot kept moving forwards. This was a more relaxed read and definitely suited my mood this week! There were a fair amount of characters and this gave me a lot to think about and try to unpick. Unsurprisingly I’m afraid my guesswork about motives and culprits were generally rather far off the mark!
Frølich is an interesting character – his new career as a private investigator hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts but he is determined and methodical and clearly has an excellent analytical mind. As he begins to accumulate new clients, alarm bells begin ringing as to their motives, both those vocalised to Frølich on engagement as well as concealed within. I don’t wish to say too much and spoil things for the next readers but I did find some aspects uncomfortably realistic – particularly in regard to report writing and reviews (those who have read Sister will know what I am referring to and hopefully this is sufficiently vague as to not give away too much). Matilde is another great character, definitely more to her than I had expected when we first met her in the opening chapters.
I very much enjoyed reading Sister and am looking forward to getting stuck into some more Nordic Noir. Thanks so much for allowing me to read and review.