It’s a pleasure today to be able to share my review for The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet, published by No Exit Press. Many thanks go them for the copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
TWO TIME WINNER OF NORWAY’S BEST CRIME NOVEL
A FROZEN BODY
A MURDERED BIKER
A RADICAL LAWYER WITH A MURKY PAST
In the depths of the Norwegian winter, the corpse of a woman is discovered in the garden of a notorious left-wing lawyer, Vilhelm Thygesen. She has been stabbed to death.
A young biker, a member of a gang once represented by Thygesen, dies in suspicious circumstances.
As Thygesen receives anonymous threats, investigating detectives Stribolt and Vaage uncover a web of crime and violence extending far beyond Norway’s borders.
Does the frozen woman hold the key?
When the body of a young woman is found in the garden of Vilhelm Thygesen he is automatically under suspicion. Investigating detectives Stibolt and Vaarge find themselves investigating a case with not many leads, who is the woman? Where did she come from? And as the duo investigate further they uncover a web of crime full of twists.
I’m really growing to love Nordic Noir books, so when I read the description for The Frozen Woman my interest was piqued and I was looking forward to reading a good crime thriller. I wasn’t expecting what a got though, The Frozen Woman is a story with many different threads that not only focus on the dead woman but incorporate politics, biker gangs and blackmail with many different twists thrown in.
The opening chapter finds Thygesen finding the body of a young woman, stabbed to death and frozen at the bottom of his garden, the story then shifts to a young man, just released from prison who is part of a motorcycle gang. At first I was a little confused, I really couldn’t see how these threads were going to fit together, it felt like I was reading two different stories, both very interesting though I may add. Jon Michelet though has done a fabulous job of creating a jigsaw puzzle, slowly, slowly revealing all the pieces that fit together.
It’s quite difficult to give a detailed review of The Frozen Woman as it is a jam-packed story, with many different threads that don’t always seem connected and I really don’t want to give anything away. It’s really cleverly written, it’s not a fast paced story and I really needed to concentrate on what I was reading as there are quite a lot of characters to get to grips with but it holds your attention and when everything comes together, all the pieces are put in place at the end there is a real satisfaction to it.
Over all this is a very intricate and well plotted story, it’s easy to see how the author is the two-time winner of Norway’s best crime novel. I also must add that I absolutely love the cover for The Frozen Woman as well, it really stands out and gave me the shivers, every time she was mentioned in the story the picture popped into my head and made her seem so real.
The Frozen Woman is a definite read for anyone who likes this genre. It’s quite different to anything I’ve read before and I’d be interested in reading more from this author.
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