Synopses & Reviews
One afternoon after school, nine-year-old Emilie doesn't come home. After a frantic search, her father finds her backpack in a deserted alley. A week later, a five-year-old boy goes missing. And then another. Meanwhile, Johanna Vik, a former FBI profiler with a troubled past and a difficult young daughter, is buried in crimes of the past, trying to overturn a decades-old false murder conviction. Police Commissioner Stubo has personal reasons for wanting to solve the case of the missing children: not long ago he lost his wife and only daughter in a terrible accident, and now all he has left is his young grandson. When he tries to enlist Johanna to help him crack the case, she's resistant. However, when the bodies of the missing children start appearing in their family's homes with notes that say, You got what you deserved, Johanna decides to help Stubo. While the rest of the Norwegian media is out hunting pedophiles, Stubo and Johanna manage to uncover a complex story of revenge. A singularly clever crime story combined with a serious discussion of children and our responsibilities towards them, What is Mine is the first installment in the the Stubo/Johanna crime series.
"The Scandinavian crime fiction juggernaut continues with Norwegian Holt's U.S. debut, a well-written if overly long suspense thriller set in Norway. The novel opens with the abduction of nine-year-old Emilie Selbu, the first of several such kidnappings, and the complex backstory of Aksel Seier, a man imprisoned in the 1950s for a young girl's murder and inexplicably released from prison eight years later. Johanne Vik, a former FBI profiler now working as an academic psychologist, is looking into the Seier case when Det. Insp. Adam Stubo asks her to help out with the case of the missing children, which gets more intense when the body of one of them is delivered to his mother with a chilling note: 'Now you've got what you deserved.' Both plot lines are compelling, but the author expends far too much narrative energy on the backgrounds of her many characters, and the connection linking the cases feels contrived. Nonetheless, this first in a three-part series to feature Vik and Stubo is a thoughtful, deeply disturbing exploration of a heinous crime. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In Norway, children are disappearing. First there was nine-year-old Emilie, whose backpack was discovered in a deserted alley. One week later, it was a five-year-old boy. And then another. As public panic escalates, police commissioner Stubo urgently tries to enlist the help of former FBI profiler Johanna Vik, who is already immersed in the investigation of a man who fled to the United States 40 years ago after wrongly being accused of murder. Vik is herself the mother of a troubled six-year-old daughter, and resistant to getting involved until a gruesome turn in Stubo's case compells her to reconsider. The bodies of the young victims start turning up in their families' homes--with notes that read "You got what you deserved." Now, united in a desperate search to decipher a killer's next move, Stubo and Vik must unravel a complex story of madness and revenge...before more innocent children meet the same untimely end.
About the Author
ANNE HOLT lives in Norway and France.