Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting on this Blog Tour for BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen
PI Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office from a woman who introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a nineteen-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously. Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers and to a shadowy group, whose dark actions are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal… Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is my second Gunnar Staalesen book in this series and I am loving them. Varg Veum is a P.I. with a lot of experience behind him besides being a man who is pretty well a private bloke, so when a lady turns up and says she is his half-sister that he has never met, I think we were both a bit shocked. Norma’s teenage god-daughter Emma has gone missing and no-one seems to give a damn. Varg Veum sees it, on the surface, as what should be a straightforward case but his life is to get a whole lot more complicated.
The story becomes very personal very quickly, Veum had been happy to leave his mother’s secret child in the past after he discovered the existence of her after their mother’s death. Coming face to face with Norma could give his life a bit of a jolt, in a good way, especially as they are both in their sixties. The more that Veum digs about Emma and the darker the circumstances of her disappearance becomes.
Emma’s personal life is a complicated one that Veum unravels a little at a time. Veum’s family isn’t the only one that had skeletons in the cupboard but some are more heart breaking and devastating than others. I can’t go into the story as it really would spoil it but whoa Staalesen certainly steals the show for suspense, shocks and pure hard life tragedies. This is a story that left me numb as it knocked the stuffing out of me. A brilliant read and super flawless translation.
I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over five million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further series is being filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and the Petrona Award, and been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger, lives in Bergen with his wife.