I’m delighted to be on the Faithless blog tour today. I LOVED this book. Faithless is written by Kjell Ola Dahl, translated by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books!
Kjell Ola Dahl
Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back … and this time, it’s personal… When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her … and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he ponders the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda investigates a disturbingly similar cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again. Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.
I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading Faithless, having not read the previous books in the series. But after finishing a few moments ago, I can whole-heartedly say I will be rereading this brilliant book very soon! There is something almost addictive about the author’s writing, about the characters who draw you so beautifully into the story. Faithless conjures an overwhelming desire to divulge the book’s secrets and discover its elusive clues. It beckons you into a world of murder, lies and secrets. And it’s so very, very engrossing!
When Frank Frølich arrests a beautiful young woman for the possession of cocaine, the very last thing he expects is to discover she is engaged to Karl Anders, an old friend from Frank’s elusive past.
Later when the woman’s body is found scalded and wrapped in plastic, things take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile Gunnarstranda is investigating the disappearance of a young student who seems to have vanished from the face of the earth. As clues converge, the two detectives must find a particularly disturbing killer who is both clever and grotesque in their method of murder.
I really loved these characters! They’re beautifully realised – the multiple layers to their personalities are enough to make you completely and utterly invest in them as not just characters in a book but true human beings going about their life. The characters were the magic ingredient for me, they were the underlying power that urged me to read until the small hours.
Some of the chapters had me gripping my seat, shocked. Faithless did not go the way I thought it would! ! The ending is shocking! I loved it!
Faithless is a fantastic foray into the world of the Oslo Detectives. It’s an unforgettable novel that, I found, warrants a moment of silence after closing the book to fully come to terms with just how exceptional it is.
Engrossing. Mysterious. Exceptional.
If you would like to buy Faithless, here is the link!
A little bit about the author:
One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.
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Huge thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!