Thanks to everyone who made it yesterday.
Next month's meetup will be later in the month as the first monday is a bank holiday.
The books chosen for next month are as follows:
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo nominated by Sue
Harry Hole is a functional alcoholic, unrepentant chain smoking, loner detective on Norway’s Crime Squad when the book begins. The only person he relates to is his partner Ellen Gjelten. Harry causes a diplomatic embarrassment during a visit by the President of the U.S. but the nature of the incident sees Harry promoted to Inspector and transferred to the Norwegian Security Service (POT for short).
His duties in POT consist of reading reports and deciding which should be passed up the line and which are without merit. One of the reports catches Harry’s attention. Someone was test firing a Marklin rifle according the police report of a citizen’s complaint. Harry knows that his rifle would not be useful for hunting in Norway; it is much too powerful, In fact, it is a favored weapon of assassins. Harry is given permission to investigate mainly because his boss doesn’t really know what to do with him. He is supposed to be preparing a report on neo-Nazi plans on Norway’s Independence Day but Harry wants to know who acquired the weapon, how they acquired it, and, most importantly, why.
Though he no longer on the Crime Squad, Harry talks Ellen into helping him gather information and he begins the tedious process of trying to trace the rifle.
National Socialism figures rather prominently in The Redbreast. The action switches between Norway in 1999/2000 and the Eastern Front in WWII with a unit of Norwegians fighting for the Germans. The book gives us a picture of the National Socialist movement, past and present, in Norway.
Harry doggedly attempts to find a trail that will answer his questions but he has to make sense of events that may or not be related.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn nominated by Signe
Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Happy reading one and all
Other books nominated were:
The Business by Iain Banks
Hope and Glory by Stuart Maconie
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
Different Seasons by Stephen King
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie