Today I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for the fabulous Where Roses Never Die. Today you can see my thoughts on this brilliant book.
September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiration date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge. Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost crime thriller writers.
Where Roses Never Die is a crime thriller that had me hooked from the start.
Veum is an alcoholic that is struggling to function. When the mother of a girl who went missing years before comes in it gives Veum a purpose in life.
I really liked Veum, he is battling his own demons but he is someone that you want to cheer on and see him do well for himself. There are quite a few books out already featuring the character which I’m not quite hundred per cent if this is part of a series or a stand alone as I haven’t read any of the others but for me it certainly read easily as a stand alone.
As a parent, the thought of a young girl going missing from her own back garden was just awful. The not knowing of what has happened must be absolute torture and to be honest I didn’t know if knowing would be any better as I had lots of different ideas in my head as to what fate the girl had met and none of them were nice ones.
The story has plenty of twists and turns and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how certain parts of the story all started falling into place. It’s almost like doing a jigsaw where your a bit bewildered as to what’s in front of you but the further to the finish you get, all the pieces start to finally fit.
Where Roses Never Die is a brilliant crime thriller which I absolutely loved. It reminded me slightly of an Agatha Christie novel, not with the main character but with the brilliance of how the whole plot had been written and how it had me totally clueless as to how everything fits together and to who is behind the disappearance of the young girl. Can’t recommend highly enough and this is one author whose books I will certainly be checking out and reading more of.
Many thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Where Roses Never Die is available to purchase from Amazon.