Twists and turns, with a puzzle to solve

2017-07-20 06:02
The wl always hunts at night by Samuel Bjork.

The wl always hunts at night by Samuel Bjork.

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SAMUEL Bjork is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright, singer and songwriter Frode Sander Oien.

Bjork’s first instalment in the Mia and Munch Series, I’m Travelling Alone, is an international success
story that has gained critical acclaim and captivated readers all over the world.

The Owl Always Hunts At Night finds star investigator Mia Krüger on temporary leave while she continues to battle the demons that plagued her throughout I’m Travelling Alone.

When the body of a teenage girl is found lying on a bed of feathers in a ritualistic display, Chief Investigator Holger Munch knows he needs Krüger’s brilliant mind to solve the case.

Disturbing as it is, the condition of the body suggests that this was not
just a murder but that she may have been held for some time before her death.

There is little forensic evidence at the scene and those she lived with can offer no suggestions as to why she would have been taken.

Krüger is still suspended from work but Munch is determined to have her back on his crack team at the Norwegian Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit.

His boss still has concerns about her mental fitness but agrees reluctantly to her return.

Throughout the investigation, Krüger struggles with depression which at times threatens to overwhelm her and risks compromising her innate ability to spot the clues and associations that others miss.

Other important members of the team include the computer whizz
Gabriel Mork, whose hacker friend Skunk offers a breakthrough despite his mistrust of the police.

Krüger’s treatment of them both is unlikely to encourage future co-operation.

The murder victim had been living in a home for damaged young people. Their provenance adds to the difficulties faced by the investigating team as they try to guess the killer’s identity and modus operandi.

There are many potential leads to follow but little proof.

Munch’s daughter Miriam also ends up in trouble when she considers indulging in the excitement of an affair; her comfortable existence with her partner now regarded as dull.

She seems content to allow her ever-willing mother to take on the burden of caring for her child while she contemplates returning to the rebellions of her youth.

Despite struggling to empathise with many of the characters, I was drawn into the investigation.

The plot has many intriguing twists and turns, offering a puzzle that was enjoyable to try to solve.

The build-up of tension was skilfully managed, with the final threads keeping the reader engaged through to the final page.

An entertaining crime thriller even if I didn’t warm to the protagonists.

The cold and darkness of the
setting were well-evoked and the killer, once revealed, was as chilling as they come.
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