Published by Knopf on March 19th 2014
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
Challenge Theme: Nordic Noir
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Sonny Lofthus, in his early thirties, has been in prison for the last dozen years: serving time for crimes he didn’t commit. In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted supply of heroin—and the unexpected stream of fellow prisoners seeking out his uncanny abilities to soothe and absolve. His addiction started when his father committed suicide rather than be exposed as a corrupt cop, and now Sonny is the center of a vortex of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest—all of them focused on keeping him stoned and jailed, and all of them under the thumb of Oslo’s crime overlord, the Twin. When Sonny learns some long-hidden truths about his father he makes a brilliant escape, and begins hunting down the people responsible for the hideous crimes he’s paid for. But he’s also being hunted, by the Twin, the cops, and the only person who knows the ultimate truth that Sonny is seeking. The question is, what will he do when they’ve cornered him?
I saved this book for last this year because this was the prompt I was least excited about. I was pleasantly surprised. This book was a great thriller that kept my attention from the start. I read it in 2 days and it was a pretty lengthy book. It was one of those books where you are routing for the “bad guy” when you really shouldn’t be. I put bad guy in quotations because to me Sonny isn’t really a bad guy, he is more of an avenger, but he still kills people so if you believe people shouldn’t take the law into their own hands he would be considered a bad guy. I don’t want to give much away so I will just say I really enjoyed this book, I didn’t guess who the mole was, and I liked the ending. I will definitely check out more of Nesbo’s books.
“But there is always a point where things can no longer be put off, where you can’t be weak one more day and promise yourself that tomorrow, tomorrow you will start that other life.”
“Love’s the sum total of all the little things you can never really put your finger on. Love surrounds you like steam in the shower. You can’t see the individual drops but you get warm.”
“They had once sworn to tell each other everything, absolutely everything, and after they had done that, after they had tested how much truth the other could tolerate, their stories had become the walls and the roof that held their home together.”
“What determined the outcome of a life? A series of random events you had no control over, or did some cosmic gravity pull everything in the direction it was predestined to go?”
“What we humans think we know is nothing compared to what we need to believe to numb the fear and pain.”