Welcome to my stop on the Faithless blog tour!
As a fairly new reader to the Nordic noir genre, I am always shocked at the atmospheric feel to these novels.
This one was no exception.
Dark and unsettling, Faithless, by Kjell Ola Dahl, had me hooked from the first pages.
The novel opens with Frank Frolich, a police detective arresting a woman he suspects of being involved with a drug dealer; he is shocked when she turns up dead in a dumpster. As he becomes deeper into the investigation of her death, another body is found and things take a sinister turn. Frolich is forced to look into his own past and a cold case involving the murder of a young woman to try and evade the perpetrator before they strike again.
Apparently, this novel is actually the seventh in the series, but I had no idea until I began digging around into this author’s work after my reading. You will have no problem enjoying this as a standalone. This one read like a classic police procedural style thriller; there are no bells and whistles, just a pure slow burning game of cat and mouse. In fact, for whatever reason, this one reminded me of the crime thriller films of the 90s like Basic Instinct and Se7en; all protagonists with dark pasts and eerie storylines that get too close to their investigations.
I was genuinely surprised at the direction the end of this novel took; it came completely out of left field and I was seriously impressed. Talk about a way to push the plot into a new direction!
Nordic Noir fans or fans of police procedural novels will especially enjoy this novel. I gave it 4/5 stars.
Thanks to Orenda for the copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.