Loner by Hildur Sif Thorarensen – Book Review

Loner by Hildur Sif Thorarensen – Book Review

Loner by Hildur Sif Thorarensen

Oslo Mysteries Book One

Author – Hildur Sif Thorarensen
Publisher – Antonov Pub
Pages – 256
Released – 30th May 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-9935243669
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Cara
Rating – 2 Stars
I received a free copy of this book


Which is worse, trying to catch a cunning killer leaving decapitated women in the woods, or trying to tame an unconventional forensic psychiatrist that seems determined to go his own way?

The Oslo autumn is creeping in with its cold spells and Homicide Detective Julia Ryland is feeling pretty content with her team of three, but when the FBI behavioral analyst, Alexander Smith, is thrust upon her, the crisp autumn air doesn’t feel as refreshing anymore.

A young Icelander is found dead, an arrow piercing his heart and the extensive list of his former lovers suggests that many long nights are ahead. The murdered lothario suddenly becomes the least of their problems as headless corpses start appearing in the woods, positioned in terrifying ways and on their bodies they find messages that don’t seem to have any meaning at all.

Review 2017

Loner follows a criminal psychiatrist and his no nonsense partner from Homicide as they try to find the killer(s) of a recent murder. As the story develops more bodies begin to pile up. Our heroes are on borrowed time to solve the case before they strike again.

First of all, author Hildur Sif Thorarensen was very good at setting the scene; you could easily picture the surroundings whilst reading which helped bring you into the story, unfortunately I found the overall story to be quite slow. When you reflect back you realise that not much has actually happened.

When I finished the book I found myself wondering what the relevance was to some of the conversations included. The ending did not leave me satisfied, if anything it left me with many unanswered questions. I found the main character to be annoying and not very believable – for someone who apparently studied at Harvard, he came across a bit too childish within his profession.

Do not let my personal opinion put you off reading this book, someone with a different sense of humour to me may find delight in the main character and his antics just as the author intended.

The book is a quick read however I did not find myself gripped by the story or the characters therefore giving this story two stars.

Reviewed by Cara

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About the Author

Hildur Sif Thorarensen

Hildur Sif Thorarensen was born in Iceland but is currently living in Norway. Although, spending most of her adult years at the University, she’s been writing ever since she was a little girl and alongside Medical studies and a Master’s in Engineering, has also taken a year in Creative Writing.

At the age of eight she started a neighborhood paper with her friend which was filled with short stories about the neighborhood, written by Hildur Sif. The girls sold the paper to the people living in their street and used the profits to buy candy, much to their parents chagrin.

Hildur’s way with words later led her into working as a journalist for a newspaper in the Westman Islands. There she was known as the optimistic girl because of her exuberant, cheerful spirit which always seemed to find its way into her work.

Her first novel was published in Icelandic at the end of 2016 and in English in 2018. She’s currently working on the sequel in Icelandic which will be translated consecutively to English and published on Amazon early 2019 at the latest.

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2 Responses

  1. Eline says:

    Shame you didn’t like it. It sounds pretty good going by the summary. I’m actually very tempted to read it now, just to find out what’s *not* your sense of humour 😀

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