Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part on the blog tour for THE ICE SWIMMER BY Kjell Ola Dahl
When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersand’s stressful life suddenly becomes even more complicated. Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norway’s security services might be involved in the murder. With her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frølich, at her side, Lena digs deep into the case and finds that it not only goes to the heart of the Norwegian establishment, but it might be rather to close to her personal life for comfort.
Dark, complex and nail-bitingly tense, The Ice Swimmer is the latest and most unforgettable instalment in the critically acclaimed Oslo Detective series, by the godfather of Nordic Noir.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I cannot think of anything more terrifying than someone chasing me through the underground on and off trains, while the world just went about its business, either oblivious to what is happening or choosing to be. Well the chase was well and truly on when I opened this book but unfortunately not for long. In the freezing cold outside the body of a young man is being pulled from the icy water of the harbour. This wasn’t going to be any ordinary day for Detective Lena Stigersand or her colleagues Gunnarstranda and Frølich.
I have fallen in love with Nordic Noir and still finding these gems just thrills me every time. I loved how the chapters were set out as the story branched from what seemed like random acts of suicide to murder and so much more, then seamless connected one after another as the very different cases collided.
Now I love an independent strong-willed detective, be it a man or woman and here was a sassy lady that was pretty head strong. Detective Lena Stigersand has to work for every ounce of happiness in her life but both in her professional and private lives she has been thrown a few curve balls. Impulsive decisions put her in jeopardy throughout the story. This is a no holds barred lady who isn’t afraid of pushing past the big wigs but she steps on some mighty big shoes. It makes for hair-raising reading.
I really loved how Dahl made these characters breathe as each one really came to life in my imagination. From the intense fear felt by Stigersand that literally turned my hands cold while I was reading, to my loathing for some characters that really made my skin crawl. The translation flowed perfectly with only the characters names being new to me. This is really a domino effect story that brings together very different people from all walks of life making them all part of one event. Very clever. A terrific read
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
One of the godfathers 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 sold over two million copies. He lives in Oslo