Publisher: Doubleday (Transworld Publishers)
Publication date: March 2017
After reading and reviewing the truly exceptional I’m Travelling Alone waaaay back in 2015 I have eagerly awaited the return of the homicide investigative team with their very private lives and ‘tells’ that manifest themselves when things aren’t going so well.
I’m thrilled to see Holger Munch back at the helm solving cryptic puzzles for fun, thoroughly embracing his grouchy-smoker-overweight side, and still in denial about his divorce from Marianne despite all the years that have passed and the new man now in her life.
The skills of his team are sorely tested when they receive a call from the scene of a meticulously staged ritual. The victim is an emaciated teenager, inexplicably posed on a feathered bed surrounded by a pentagram of candles, wearing nothing except for a blonde wig. It’s clear she suffered a harrowing ordeal before she was brought to her final resting place but there is no evidence for them to go on, not even to identity her.
Holger Munch needs Mia Krüger back on the team. Rather he needs her enviable talent for discerning what others can’t. I find it admirable and that Holger thinks he knows best, ignoring the facts which prevent Mia returning to work until her therapist declares her fit. So long as she keeps a low profile Holger is confident he can get her expert assessment of this new case, but low profiles and Mia aren’t always compatible. This time, rather than thriving on the thinking process she relies on, she is more distracted and remote than usual which is an unhealthy combination and begins to hinder the significant breakthrough the case requires.
The Owl Always Hunts at Night is brimming with damaged souls and even those who have found a place to belong are ironically more vulnerable than they have ever been in their entire lives. An abundance of decoys are fed into the story to lure you away from the genuine culprit, while brief glimpses into the past had me thinking how tragic the some of the suspects’ lives had been, each experience moulding them into person they became.
All-in-all The Owl Always Hunts at Night is a startlingly phenomenal read where the complexities of the mind, criminal or otherwise, threaten to consume the characters in countless ways. It’s unreservedly compelling and highly recommended – I’m absolutely looking forward to the next instalment!
(Courtesy of Amazon UK)
When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.
Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.
But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.
(Courtesy of Amazon UK)
Samuel Bjork is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Øien. The Owl Always Hunts At Night is the second in his Munch and Krüger series, I’m Travelling Alone was the first. Both have been bestsellers across Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.