Saturday 15 April 2017

#BookReview Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl #BlogTour

Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her—and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers—and the killer—before he strikes again. 

Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, atmospheric page-turner marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.


I have lately found myself quite interested in reading books by Nordic authors. Since I'm Swedish is this perhaps not that strange, but I have previously not read that much Nordic crime books. I have just preferred American och British authors. Faithless intrigued me with its stunning cover and interesting blurb so I couldn't resist agreeing to do this blog tour. And, I'm glad I joined in because Faithless is really good.

This book starts off with a simple arrest of a woman who leaves a house of a suspect that Frølich is staking out. She has drugs on her, but she denies that it's hers. What Inspector Frank Frølich didn't know at the time was that the woman is the fiance of a man that was once his best friend. He only finds this a little later one at the birthday party for the friend. Then, she ends up dead. What happened? Who killed her? Frølich and his colleague Gunnarstranda has to unravel this mystery. And, then Gunnarstranda finds a body while investigating the case. Has the killer struck again?

Faithless is one of those books that hooks you from the start, the writing pulls you in and the story keeps your interest up all the way until the end. There are interesting side stories in the book as well, like the disappearance of a foreign student that Frølich is quite obsessed to find. And, then there is the murder of a girl that happened years ago, could that murder have connections to this case?

All and all is this book terrific. The book different stories, different cases that all interested me, and I found myself quite liking both Frølich and Gunnarstranda. The ending left me wanting the next book, a bit of a cliffhanger situation that made me wonder what will happen next...


One of the fathers 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 he lives in Oslo.

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