Category Archives: novels in translation

“Beartown” by Fredrik Backman

“In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.” It is official!  I can honestly say that Fredrik Backman is my favorite author.  I have now read everything he has written, and all have … Continue reading

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“The deal of a lifetime” by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman never disappoints, but he may pull at your heartstrings more than a little… He begins the story in this way: “Does it make a difference if I killed a good person? A loved person? A valuable life? If … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – an old favorite recommended

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason. This week … Continue reading

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If you haven’t read anything by Karin Alvtegen – what’s stopping you?

Years before I started this blog when I was working as a public library cataloguer, a book crossed my desk that caught my eye.  With an adorable little boy on the cover, it immediately piqued my interest.My review of “Shadow” … Continue reading

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“The yellow house” by Jeroen Blokhuis

Dutch author, Jeroen Blokhuis tells Vincent van Gogh’s story as the artist would have told it. The novel depicts van Gogh’s life when he lived in his beloved ‘yellow house’ in Arles, France between August 1888 and December 1889. “it’s … Continue reading

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“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn

Allis Hagtorn has done something of which she is profoundly ashamed.  She seeks anonymity and a refuge where she can come to terms with her behavior and her future.  She finds employment in a remote house on a Norwegian fjord. … Continue reading

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“The Trap” by Melanie Raabe

Winner of the prestigious Stuttgart Crime Prize for best crime debut of the year, “The Trap” has been called a ‘must-read’ debut thriller. The premise is intriguing.  A reclusive novelist, traumatized by her sister’s murder, sets an elaborate trap for the murderer. … Continue reading

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“Soft in the head” by Marie-Sabine Roger

This is the engaging story of two people who come together in friendship, kindness, affection, and appreciation. A remarkable and heart-rending novel that perfectly illustrates the quote: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” The first lines of “Soft in … Continue reading

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“The murder of Halland” by Pia Juul

What a clever, enigmatic, and disorientating book! Bess is a writer.  A grieving, eccentric, bizarre writer who drinks more than she writes. Her husband Halland has been shot. The story is told solely from Bess’s point of view.  Since she … Continue reading

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“Alex” by Pierre Lemaitre

Alex Prévost is a beautiful woman – a thirty year-old agency nurse who tries to do good. A beautiful woman who has been abducted for reasons at first unknown, and she is the victim of inhumane torture at the hands of her abductor.  Your … Continue reading

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“Like Family” by Paolo Giordano

This story is scarcely more than novella length and so skillfully written that I can only guess it loses nothing in its translation from the original Italian. A young, dual-career couple living in Turin, Italy are expecting their first child.  When the … Continue reading

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“The Forgotten Girls” by Sara Blaedel

An intense, dark, and often disturbing novel, “The Forgotten Girls” is a great example of ‘Nordic Noir‘.  Originally published in Danish, and set in Zealand, Denmark, this police procedural had me enthralled from the get go. The novel features Lousie Rick, … Continue reading

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“The readers of Broken Wheel recommend” by Katarina Bivald (Official Blog Tour)

Today, in the age of social media and instant communication, letter writing has become antiquated and uncommon.  Not that many years ago however it was the norm and many people had ‘pen-pals’, myself included. This novel is about two women, … Continue reading

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“After the crash” by Michel Bussi

A thriller that explores the nature vs. nurture issue, “After the crash” tells the story of a three-month-old survivor of a horrific plane crash. When, on December 23, 1980, a plane carrying 169 passengers crashes into the Jura Mountains between … Continue reading

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“My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” by Fredrik Backman

One of my favorite novels from last year was “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  So you can imagine my delight when I heard he has written another novel! “My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” didn’t … Continue reading

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