The raven cawed at him, craning its neck unnaturally. As it dug its hooked beak into the mess of dried grass and twigs that made up its nest, a shiny glimmer reflected off a low-hanging bulb. Kjeld edged closer to get a better look. It was a human tooth.
Detective Kjeld Nygaard wants nothing more than to forget his family and Varsund, the small mining town he once called home, even exist. But while on suspension after his last case went disastrously wrong, his estranged father Stenar leaves a message on Kjeld’s phone claiming he’s seen a murder.
But with no evidence and Stenar suffering from Alzheimer’s, the local police think he must have imagined it. Kjeld can’t stop himself from investigating what actually happened, and soon discovers a body. But when the police start to suspect Stenar, it’s a race against time to discover the truth before it’s lost forever.
But will uncovering the truth expose family secrets that are best left buried?
This book was recommended to me as part of my ’12 friends, 12 recommendations’ and I couldn’t be happier that it was!
This story is full of mystery, family history, relationships, birds, murder and lots of twists. I didn’t see the ending coming and I loved how it all unravelled and made perfect sense, it was very satisfying.
I appreciated the very real and raw account of Alzheimer’s and the struggles that it brought to the family and their situation.
The book is well paced throughout and had enough substance to keep you interested for the whole story.
I would recommend this book and scored it a 4/5.