Review: The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe



For fans of Jo Nesbo and The Bridge, The Ice Beneath Her is a gripping and deeply disturbing story about love, betrayal and obsession that is impossible to put down. Fast-paced and peopled with compelling characters, it surprises at every turn as it hurtles towards an unforgettable ending with a twist you really won’t see coming . . .

A young woman is found beheaded in an infamous business tycoon’s marble-lined hallway.

The businessman, scandal-ridden CEO of the retail chain Clothes & More, is missing without a trace.

But who is the dead woman? And who is the brutal killer who wielded the machete?

Rewind two months earlier to meet Emma Bohman, a sales assistant for Clothes & More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Jesper Orre. Insisting that their love affair is kept secret, he shakes Emma’s world a second time when he suddenly leaves her with no explanation.

As frightening things begin to happen to Emma, she suspects Jesper is responsible. But why does he want to hurt her? And how far would he go to silence his secret lover?


my review

As far as I am aware I have never read any Nordic Noir before so this was a first for me. This is a debut novel for Camilla Grebe (although I understand she has co-Authored other books) This book was translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel

This book is told by 3 narrators one of which is a very unreliable (I will leave that up to you to guess which one this it is very much character driven rather then blood, guts and gore driven. It is a very fast paced read and I read this in one Sunday afternoon

The twist was extremely clever and I didn’t work it out so it was very surprising  and well written

a strong 4 of 5 stars




Review: Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker



Everyone has a secret in Tall Oaks . . .

When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town.

Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect.

Desperate mother Jess, whose grief is driving her to extreme measures.

Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake.

Photographer Jerry, who’s determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all.

And, investigating them all, a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own . . .

In Chris Whitaker’s brilliant and original debut novel, missing persons, secret identities and dangerous lies abound in a town as idiosyncratic as its inhabitants

my review

I loved this debut by Chris Whitaker. The first chapter had me at the edge of my seat.The clown the baby camera and  monitor OMG this is what nightmares are made of !!! This is not a spoiler as this is really  early on in the book

From start to finish the story sucked me in and was a really quick read for me. Whitaker is a very cleaver writer and the book had a wide range of quirky characters each as interesting as the other

Although I really enjoyed the book the ending was a little predictable (for me) as I guessed fairly early on. However this did not stop me enjoying the story up to this point as their was plenty of twists and turns I id not see coming which kept me engaged with the book

4 of 5 stars