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Story was more crime fantasy than mystery...

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-30

Is crime fantasy a real thing? It feels like it in this book. I just found the whole premise so crazy and improbable though I was interested in the remote community vibe. But how the heck is it possible to have so many murders? I just don’t get it. Action sequences are a bit silly and the implied sex is a little cringey but the people and amazing voice acting saves this one.

Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-22

This book came highly suggested in a list of best Nordic noir books of 2017 and it doesn’t measure up. Parts of the story were interesting but it frequently fell into tired tropes of female protagonists. I won’t spoil it but it’s hardly original. I also couldn’t shake the feeling that her new partner was a washed up Harry Hole, which was a bit distracting. Several plot lines had no purpose or follow through such as the one with the protagonist’s best friend who decided to solve a mystery that is the central plot to get away from relationship troubles. Not only does she not solve it, get her journalist job back or play any role at all in the final outcome, she spends the rest of the story being a ridiculous Bechtel Test case in point. No development at all on the main character’s sidekick and no reason his relationship with her so dramatically advances.

The narrator read these Danish characters and place names in regional American accents - several Danish cops with southern drawls, one police staff who had a ridiculous 1950s American secretary voice and a character with an Irish accent and a clearly Danish history. Really unfortunate.

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A rare sequel that exceeds the first!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-20

Gayou’s Commune series scratches an itch for me that few post-apocalyptic stories do and this sequel to book one even more so. The descriptions of how life has changed after the breakdown, how social dynamics are shifted, and how humanity tries to restore a balance that is inevitably different than before. I love that Gayou’s story rarely takes the easy way out. There aren’t many miraculous saves, just a group of people subject to Providence, Karma, or randomness they aren’t used to having no control over. I’m nervous for the next book, as I crave more along this story of the Commune, but it didn’t let me down in suspense and fascination all the way through. RC Bray’s work here is amazing, and he was born to read Gibbs’ clipped and sometimes hilarious former Marine personality.

What a relief to read a Nordic noir that isn’t about disemboweling or nazis

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-13

I love this for the geographic, cultural and isolation elements That make Nordic noir great. I also love being able to get into a story that doesn’t involve deeply disturbing levels of violence Sadism or mid 20th century Nazis. It was a great story and I love the character development. Maybe not the best I’ve read but still I’m grossing and a nice relief from that deep darkness of harry hole and mikael blomqvist.