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  • The Owl Always Hunts at Night

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  • Written by: Samuel Bjork
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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The Owl Always Hunts at Night

Written by: Samuel Bjork
Narrated by: Laura Paton
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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling follow-up to Samuel Bjørk's internationally best-selling I'm Traveling Alone, which The Wall Street Journal calls "tense and smartly constructed".

When a troubled teenager disappears from an orphanage and is found murdered, her body arranged on a bed of feathers, veteran investigator Holger Munch and his team are called into the case. Star investigator Mia Kruger, on temporary leave while she continues to struggle with her own demons, jumps back on the team and dives headfirst into this case - just in time to decode the clues in a disturbing video of the victim before she was killed, being held prisoner like an animal in a cage.

Meanwhile, Munch's daughter, Miriam, meets an enticing stranger at a party - a passionate animal rights activist who begins to draw her into his world and away from her family.

Munch, Kruger, and the team must hunt down the killer before he can strike again in this sophisticated, intricately plotted psychological thriller by the newest phenomenon in international crime fiction.

©2015 Samuel Bjork. Translation copyright 2017 by Charlotte Barslund. (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Expertly paced and thoughtfully plotted, The Owl Always Hunts at Night will leave you shaken to your core.” (Bustle)

"The tension and stakes increase exponentially over the course of this meticulously plotted tale.... Bjork’s character work is excellent and imbues the story with nuance and heft." (Publisher's Weekly

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great

Short review. This was very weird, and I liked it. Good character development, a wild mystery, and heck of a shocking pre-ending. Not a cliffhanger, thankfully, but it did end with another potential mystery, or at least, a weird occurrence, presenting itself. I just ordered book 3 and can't wait

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What???

I’m not sure if my revulsion for this writing comes from the original, the translation, or the narration, but I found myself screaming at the simple mindedness of the characters. Munch and Mia and many of the other characters with M names never seemed to be able to understand even the most basic clear statements or questions! “Your daughter has been kidnapped!” “What!??? I don’t understand what you’re saying!” “The murderer is stabbing your grand daughter!” “What!? But I just saw my grand daughter last night!” And so on. The exclamation “what?!” (or whatever the original word was) must be the most frequently uttered word in Norwegian since no characters ever seem to understand anything when uttered the first time. The author also tends to use the stubbornness and stupidity of his main characters (Mia and Munch) to create tension. Just as someone with essential information is rushing in to solve the case Munch will head to bed or run for a smoke or wave them off because he’s on to something, forcing the reader to scream “take the effing phone Holger!”
It doesn’t reflect well on the Norwegian identity to have these incompetent idiots represent the best and most brilliant investigators in the country, but at least they have fjords and excellent health care.
The story was decent though, if not mildly overly elaborate. If there are loose ends, I probably won’t find out until I can read it in the original.

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