I’m travelling alone by Samuel Bjork | A Book Review
Product Details –
- Pages: 528
- Genre: Nordic Noir
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd. (Edition : 2016)
- ISBN – 13: 9780552173360
My Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads Rating: 4.04/5
“Come to me, Mia, come.
Why are you out there alone?”
An inner voice, which we all have, lead us to different paths when encountered with an action, but do you ever think what it might lead us to? The quoted line above was the inner voice of one of the protagonists, a brilliant and troubled police investigator, ‘Mia Kruger’, which led her to a solitary island with plans to kill herself. But, that wish of her broke when the body of a young girl found hanging on a tree in the middle of a forest.
Her co-worker and the genius police investigator, Holger Munch, insisted and convince her to solve this case together. The journey to solve the case and stop the murderer from turning into a serial killer is full of suspense, and a lot of twist and turns. A lot is there to connect and grasp. This is the first book in the ‘Munch and Mia’ Series and definitely a first-class thriller.
This is my first book in the crime/mystery section and I am amazed to my very core. The story is well-put and holds you to the last page, which makes it a compelling read. What I like most about this book is the way the characters and scenarios are crafted, each one of them; their past journey and struggles and how are they dealing with it; all are written so well that it made the characters realistic. But among all the characters, Mia Kruger’s struggle touched my soul. The way she was jumping back and forth in her mind from imagination to reality; the way it was framed is indescribable. Moreover, Bjork takes the time to precisely portray each character until they are living and breathing in the reader’s imagination.
Also, the best moments in the book were in the interim of investigations; quick asides and hurried phone calls, all holding tiny pieces of information that will help to put all the pieces together to solve the killer puzzle. The twisty-turn plot and the dark atmosphere was consistent throughout the book along with the subplots running alongside the story; though the sidelines at the beginning of the book were a little slow paced and frustrating but do not give up because unbelievably all the pieces will fall exactly into place and the end is worth it.
Overall, ‘I’m travelling alone’ is a standout and I couldn’t stop turning pages of this mesmerizing novel. If you are looking for a succinct crime mystery, this isn’t the book for you, but if you are looking for an engaging plot with compelling characters and an equal amount of thrill and mystery then it is the one for you.
“Captivating, Tense and Frightening.”