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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

A stunning new standalone thriller from the author of the best-selling Harry Hole series.

In the far north of Norway a man lives a peaceful existence. However, one day his younger brother, always the more successful and charming of the two, turns up to visit, accompanied by his new wife. It soon turns out that the little brother is not quite as angelic as he seems.

Set in a small town filled with secrets, this compellingly dark thriller from the Sunday Times number one best seller has a plot as explosive and multi-layered as any of the Harry Hole novels. 

Jo Nesbo has sold over 45 million books worldwide.

©2020 Jo Nesbo (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Nesbo does it again

An unbelievable yet highly believable thriller that only Nesbo could have pulled off.
Sean Barret has a 40 a day croaky voice and perhaps took it to 60 Camel a day by the end of the book. Perhaps he caught Covid half way but I tend to think that like me he couldn't put the book down and he read the whole book in one or two sittings thus wounding his larynx!
Either way he summed it up very well and this is a Shakespearean Nesbo tragedy that will make you laugh and weep.

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There is nothing I want to say!

If your reading this you know how good Jo Nesbo can be, don't waste time reading my drivel get started...

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Huge Nesbo fan and I rate this as his best yet

Really surprised to read some of the negative reviews on this. They must have been listening to a different book.
Long but fast paced and just a really gripping tale that had me hooked to the end. I thought the ending was just perfect and didn’t see it coming in the classic nesbo way. As always flourless narration from Barrett. Sad when it was over

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Hard work.

Having really enjoyed all of Jo Nesbo's books, including his previous stand alone book The Son, I'd looked forward to this one. However, I was really disappointed - unlikeable characters, too much philosophising and a turgid plot. Sean Barrett's narration was flawless as ever, he really is an excellent narrator and I wondered if, like me, he was glad when the book was finished.

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Very vry poor

What is the deal with this book. No story and a very disappointing listen.
Waited ages for this and he is just off the reservation completely. Don't waste your time or money folks. A real load of rubbish.

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where the mountain is king

this story unfolded slowly, like a growing plant, leaf by leaf, layer by layer. 2 brothers: Roy and Carl, stewards of their hostile but beautiful small holding in "the kingdom"; their heritage and live their lives under the rule of the mountain; survive or be annihilated.
this is crafted so eloquently by Jo Nesbo and the fine detail gives atmospheric beauty to a dark story. these brothers are 2 damaged people who have been hewn out of this savage wild land and I still have sympathy for them when all is done.
the melifulence of Sean Barrett's reading calms the listener as he tells the story in fine detail, well nuanced, and exposes the raw underbelly of this community. Carl's childhood nightmare " we were in jail for murder, we killed each other" haunts the story as each chapter reveals love, betrayal and destruction.


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Exciting

The plot was well paced and the development of all the characters was very interesting.
Not merely a crime novel , but Nesbo lets the reader into the thoughts behind just a story. He has produced a very worthwhile piece. A troubling theme perhaps, but like all of his main characters in his past works , a presentation of ideas and concepts worth examining. There are no heroes in this novel, but just many flawed people that reflect humanity as it is.
Sean Barrett was a pleasure to listen to. His timing and delivery helped the book along

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Classic Nesbo

I've loved this book. Could hardly stop listening. A story of dark Norwegian winters, murders and a troubled family.

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A constant mumble.

This is probably a good story if only I could hear it. The quick fire mumbling of Sean Barrett I found almost impossible to hear. His insistence, as with many narrators to attempt to feign a female voice (or a male voice )was even more confusing because the line where one character finished speaking, and another began was even more confusing. I regretted buying this book a half hour in.

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loved it

was disappointed with Macbeth but this is back to the traditional Jo nesbo. kept me enthralled till the end

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  • @the real Tom byrne
  • 29-06-21

I made it past chapter 56

Another reviewer said they didn't make it past chapter 56 and although I made it to the end I can understand why they bailed at that point.

I haven't read any other Jo Nesbo books, but this one was average. I liked all the norwegian specific stuff and I liked the narrator. Coincidentally I had just listened to the seven slough house novels so I was used to sean Barrett's voice, but he doesn't really match the age of the character.

The story was OK at the beginning but became increasingly convoluted, The plans were all a bit much

also warning contains references to child abuse.

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  • 03-05-21

Poor...

Got to chapter 57, then lost the will to continue. Very disappointing for a Nesbo book.

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  • 04-03-21

Not a real Nesbe

Being a fan of Jo Nesbe detectives I’m really disappointed. Soooo booooring, hardly made it up to an end. Not a Jo Nesbe style detective but a mediocre drama with no logic at all. Don’t lose your time on it. And also I didn’t like the reader as the main character is thirty something but the man sounds like he is above 80.