From Scandinavian crime to one man’s journey of discovery

The Killing, by David Hewson

IF you can’t get enough of your Scandinavian crime fix then you are in for a treat with the publication of David Hewson’s novelisation of the first series of The Killing.

You might think, ‘well I’ve watched it, why read it?’.

In fact this was my initial reaction.

However Hewson has managed to instil in this novel the same sense of pace and addictiveness, and put in a couple of new twists to boot.

Sarah Lund is a great multi-layered character and is at the heart of the novel.

Her obsession in discovering the truth surrounding the death of Nanna Birk Larsen creates tension throughout the story.

How it impacts upon her family life, her interaction with Troels Hartmann (the would-be mayor) and her relationship with her colleagues is portrayed beautifully.

The novel switches effortlessly between the action in the police case to the up-and-coming mayoral race and you find yourself drawn ever deeper into the murkiness which is politics and murder.

This is a great read. If you love crime fiction, this is a must, and if you loved The Killing, this is a must.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

THE book starts off with Harold receiving a letter from a dying woman he used to work with.

This letter starts a series of events that leads Harold to begin a journey that will see him walking the length of Britain.

Harold sets off without a compass, walking shoes or waterproof clothing.

He believes that every step he takes will keep his friend alive and that will absolve him from his past mistakes.

Harold is a everyman character that is easy to identify with, you quickly feel the turmoil that he is going through and want him to succeed.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a quietly beautiful book.

The story creeps up on you until you have fallen in love with the characters.

You want them to grow beyond the life that they have created for themselves.

Ultimately this is what the book is about, the internal journeys that all the main characters make.

I found that when I had finished reading the final chapter I couldn’t stop thinking about the story and found myself examining my own life, looking at what and who was important to me and cherishing my friends and family more.

This book will stay with you.

The author Rachel Joyce dropped into Waterstones and signed copies of her book.