Book review: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Audible version, narrated by Eva Kaminsky 3/5 stars. Trigger/HSP warning: there are some lines from the killer about what he considers doing to a cat, which was disturbing, but the cat is not hurt. Kate Priddy has suffered from anxiety all her life, and about 5 years before the story starts, a traumatic event happens…

Book review: The Dead Won’t Sleep by Anna Smith

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Sarah Barron. Trigger warning: paedophilia. This was a very strong 4 for me. Sometimes I cannot stomach books that deal with paedophilia/child abuse, but although it was tough I could handle it here. Maybe because it felt factual and not exploitative. I think it definitely helps that the author…

Book review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Suzannah Hampton. HSP/animal lover warning (I feel like this is getting to be standard with any crime/thriller novel..): Two dogs are killed, but you as the reader don’t have a personal relationship to the dogs, and it’s not dwelt on. To my knowledge/recollection, this is the first book I’ve…

Book review: Death Message by Kate London

5/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Antonia Beamish Animal lover/HSP warning: There are a few scenes in the book where something bad happens to a dog, and while it was heartbreaking it wasn’t overly detailed and there was no torture, so I found I could bear it. So, I loved this. It’s really well-written, it’s…

Book review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher. Rachel Watson takes the same train at the same times every day, passing by the same houses. She looks out the window and starts to imagine the lives of the people in these houses, as I’m sure many of us with a…

Book review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

3/5 stars Audible version narrated by Rachel Atkins. 4 stars for the first half, 2 for the last. I keep trying. With crime thrillers. I keep trying. Because I know that there is something really good out there, I just know it. Something where you have psychological, nail-biting, edge-of-seat-sitting suspense coupled with believable characters who…

Strange Norwegian traditions and a book review

Skip to review In my native country of Norway we have a weird tradition called “Easter crime”, in which we read/watch/listen to crime stories during Easter. Looking it up, it apparently began with a very successful ad campaign for a crime novel around Easter time in 1923 which lead Norwegians to start expecting crime thrillers…