Sunday, July 27
Book Review: Cold Hearts
Author: Gunner Staalesen
Summary: On a frosty January day in Bergen, Private Detective Varg Veum is visited by a prostitute. Her friend Margrethe has disappeared and hasn't been seen for days. Before her disappearance, something had unsettled her: she'd turned away a customer and returned to the neighbourhood in terror. Shortly after taking the case, Veum is confronted with a brutal, uneasy reality. He soon finds the first body - and it won't be the last either. His investigation leads him into a dark subculture where corrupted idealism has had deadly consequences.
My Rating: 7.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would, and the book had a lot more substance to it than I thought it would be.
The author did a good job at creating the characters in the book, this was another book where I didn't have a favourite character, but I did find they were characters that were developed. The story itself was also well told and had a lot more depth to it than I thought it would. It's not at all what I'd expected from a crime thriller, and at times it was rather gripping. Although I did find the book to drag in some parts and I think that this being part of a series, it's yet another cases where I'm missing pieces of information on characters backgrounds along with pieces from the plot. It's likely I'd have enjoyed the book more if I've read some of the earlier books.
Although I liked this book, I'm not sure I'd go back from to the start of the series. While it was a good summer read, the characters didn't snag me enough to want to read more about them.
Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoy crime fiction, than this would be an excellent choice. Although, I suggest starting at the beginning of the series.
What to read next: Ian Rankin would be a good place to start.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.