Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen
Source: Orenda Books
PI Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office from a woman who introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a nineteen-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously.
Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers and to a shadowy group, whose dark actions are hidden by the
anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal...
Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.
Varg Veum doesn't expect the news the woman that has entered to his office will tell him, she is his big sister and wants him to investigate a disappearance...
The missing girl is Emma, she had left her apartment without any trace and her family and friends don't know where to find her, was is she kidnapped or is already dead? The case has some surprising layers, because the father of the missing girl has a dark past and all the family and friends involved in the case had their own secret that don't want to share... This it was one of the things that made this book an amazing read, behind every discovery there was another secret hidden, making the book a totally surprising adventure to the reader never know were the plot would go.
It is a slow paced story, but it was touching and so real that when I finished the book I wanted to read another case of the detective Varg Veum. The author made a really difficult case easy to discover, one knot after another he dissolved all the tangles of the case, and it was not an easy one!
This is the first book I've read of Gunnar Staalesen, but is the 20th book of the series Varg Veum, I am not surprised that everyone loves this author, it makes the story real, like you are part of the story and the characters are real, amazing!
Something that surprised me of the book was the word "Moribund" that is said on the book like a strange word that no one really knows what it means, but in Catalan is often used, written exactly equal!
Be prepared for a surprising book full of twists and a very sad story.
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Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over five million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further series is being filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and the Petrona Award, and been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger, lives in Bergen with his wife.