So, if you have been following this blog for a little while now you will know that Nordic Noir is one of my favourite genres. I even did a post on it which you can find here, in that post I mention the first two instalments of this Munch and Kruger series.
Munch and Krüger. An unexpected pairing. A brilliant team.
Winter 1999. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head.
Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random.
To find the killer they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer when you cannot begin to predict their next move?
– Goodreads –
I think the reason that I hold this series so close to my heart is because I’m Travelling Alone was the first book that I read in this genre and I just instantly fell in love.
As with the first two books, this was so fast paced and thrilling that I had to finish in just two sittings, which due to my little boy is not something that I get to do very often!
We left book two The Owl Always Hunts at Night with Mia Kruger an emotional (and physical) wreck, undernourished and an alcoholic. Holger Munch was on compassionate leave due to the events at the ending of the book (No Spoilers here!!)
I’m glad that this book doesn’t start too far away from where we left off, just two or three months, it was like catching up with old friends and seeing how they are getting on! The team are thrown back together due to the new case, they seem like a small family, however, someone comes to try and cast doubt when trusting one of the members. I loved that little extra layer to the narrative.
I did feel like the ending was a little rushed and I had to reread a few pages to understand what happened, overall though this did not affect my rating, it may have just been me not wanting it to end haha!
I read an interview with Samuel Bjork over at Dead Good Books where he states that at this moment in time he has plans for the series to consist of 6 books and then maybe more depending if they still seem “fresh and alive”. Bring on the next 3!
If it wasn’t obvious already, The Boy in the Headlights gets 5 cups of coffee out of 5.
I feel like this post has just been me rambling on about how much I love this series (as well as including a ridiculous amount of exclamation points), but I just can’t help it!
Have you read any of these?
What’s the best book that you have read recently?