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PUNISHMENT

Anne Holt

Publisher: Sphere
ISBN: 9780 – 7515 – 3714 – 7
July 5, 2007

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BOOK REVIEW


Anne Holt’s Punishment is a suspenseful and sophisticated crime novel that is the first of a series, with the author’s first series having sold over three million books, and this new book already selling well over half a million copies in Europe. Having read Punishment, it is easy to understand why.

 


A serial killer is on the loose in Norway - a killer of the worst kind. He is abducting children and murdering them - in an undetectable way that confounds the police. He then returns the child's body to the mother with a desperately cruel note: You Got What You Deserved. It is a perplexing and terrible case, and Police Superintendent Adam Stubo is the unlucky man in charge of finding the killer before he strikes again. There doesn't seem to be any clear connection between the victims, and with the mode of death so obscure, his job seems impossible. In desperation he decides to recruit legal researcher Johanne Vik, a woman with an extensive knowledge and understanding of criminal history. So far the killer has abducted three children, but one child has not yet been returned to her mother. Is there a chance she is still alive?

With characters that literally breathe into the reader’s airspace, Anne Holt has quite simply brought the embodiment of Norway’s police to life, with more than enough delicate description of the country for its full beauty to become apparent.

Tight, gritty and full of intrigue, here is a novel that demands to be read from the moment it is picked up and opened, although the final fifty or so pages are more telling than showing which is always a little disappointing. With that said, however, Punishment remains a fine novel and one that is guaranteed to keep the reader thinking long after it has been finished.
8/10

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