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Bitter Flowers by Gunnar Staalesen

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Orenda Books
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4’5/5
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About The Book

PI Varg Veum has returned to duty following a stint in rehab, but his new composure and resolution are soon threatened when three complex crimes land on his desk.
A man is found dead in an elite swimming pool. A young woman has gone missing. Most chillingly, Veum is asked to investigate the ‘Camilla Case’: an eight-year-old cold case involving the disappearance of a little girl, who was never found.
As the threads of these three apparently unrelated cases come together, against the backdrop of a series of shocking environmental crimes, Veum faces the most challenging, traumatic investigation of his career.


My Thoughts

Sometimes you don’t have to know what the book’s about to be interested in it; this is one of those cases, since the first sentence it was impossible to stop reading.
When Veum is asked to take care of the house for holidays, I doubt that he would think that his life would change so much within a few minutes; from finding a body at the pool to having to stop a disaster within a few days of difference. He has been away for personal reasons but now he will have to return to work as a Private Investigator if he wants to find the truth.
Reading one of the Gunnar Staalesen books is a sign that the book will be complex and very interesting; you can’t stop reading and wanting to know more about the story. Believe me when I say that this book will not be different; how can a man in a pool be related to a missing case and a environmental disaster? 
Veum will not have an easy case in his hands, no one is ready to talk or to help him in the case, not even the police. But, it’s not difficult to like Veum; because he knows his faults and doesn’t try to be perfect, for me that’s the best way a character can be described, no one is perfect, you only have to accept it! But this will be a complicated case and he will have to be quick to solve the case before it’s too late.
I loved this story, I was a little bit confused sometimes with all the characters involved in the plot, but when the case is solved everything will be forgotten, this is how good the ending is; everything will fit perfectly.
Are you ready for the “Bitter Flowers”?


About The Author

Granite Noir fest 2017. Gunnar Staalesen.

One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty titles, which have been published in twenty-four countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim. Staalesen has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and Where Roses Never Die won the 2017 Petrona Award for Nordic Crime Fiction, and Big Sister was shortlisted in 2019. He lives with his wife in Bergen.