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Fatal Isles by Maria Adolfsson

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Zaffre Books
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About The Book

A remote island. A brutal murder. A secret hidden in the past . . .
In the middle of the North Sea, between the UK and Denmark, lies the beautiful and rugged island nation of Doggerland.
Detective Inspector Karen Eiken Hornby has returned to the main island, Heimö, after many years in London and has worked hard to become one of the few female police officers in Doggerland.
So, when she wakes up in a hotel room next to her boss, Jounas Smeed, she knows she’s made a big mistake. But things are about to get worse: later that day, Jounas’s ex-wife is found brutally murdered. And Karen is the only one who can give him an alibi.
The news sends shockwaves through the tight-knit island community, and with no leads and no obvious motive for the murder, Karen struggles to find the killer in a race against time.
Soon she starts to suspect that the truth might lie in Doggerland’s history. And the deeper she digs, the clearer it becomes that even small islands can hide deadly secrets . . .


My Thoughts

What a surprising read! Slow paced and full of interesting characters, Fatal Isles keeps you glued to the story without even noticing! The case seems quite easy, a woman with troubles with her ex-husband appears dead. Of course, the main suspect will be the ex-husband, the only problem is that he is a police officer and has a tight alibi for the moment of the killing. So, who had motives to kill her? Is the husband really innocent?
This had been a very addictive read, seen from Detective Inspector Karen Eiken perspective, we will see how everyone in this little community keeps secrets from each other, for fear or shame, but they hide some really dark secrets.
I was surprised how is it possible that in this case, in which the wife appeared dead and the main suspect is the husband, all the police thinks that he is innocent. Jounas is not an easy man or very likable, the marriage was hell, but is this motive enough to kill? They have been divorced for a long time, so, why now?
Sexism and women discrimination is always present on this story, Karen has to fight it everyday, from her colleagues and bosses, but it makes the reader realize how we all sometimes don’t pay enough attention or ignore the comments and we should answer more to it. Because it seems that if we (women) stay silent, they continue provoking us, maybe it’s time that we say stop, we don’t like this type of comments or abuse!
I like when a book tries to provoke some type of reaction and believe me, this one has done it. From now on, I won’t stay as quiet as I was before on sexism comments, enough is enough! This is the first book of the series “Doggerland” and I can’t wait to read the next one!
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About The Author

Maria Adolfsson, born in 1963, grew up in the Swedish archipelago and now lives in Stockholm, where she works as a communications director. She is currently writing the second book in the Doggerland series (DOGGERLAND: AFTER THE STORM), and she has plans for another two.