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1222 (Hanne Wilhelmsen Series)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Homage to Agatha Christie and fabulous story - highly recommended!

Hanne Wilhelmsen used to work for the police until a bullet severed her spine between the 10th and 11th vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. On a train to Bergen in the middle of winter, she is on her way to see an American specialist due to health pro...
Hanne Wilhelmsen used to work for the police until a bullet severed her spine between the 10th and 11th vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. On a train to Bergen in the middle of winter, she is on her way to see an American specialist due to health problems she has been experiencing when the train is derailed. Fortunately they were right off the station and near to a hotel that was mostly empty at the time, and the only person killed in the wreck was the driver of the train. However, that first night, there is a murder. And another the second night. What is happening? Who is the killer? And what about the mysterious extra carriage at the end of the train ¿ who is in it? Why is there an armed guard? Will Hanne overcome her self-imposed isolation and help find the answers?

I really loved this book. Apparently it is an homage to Agatha Christie¿s ¿And Then There Were None¿ (also known in some areas as ¿Ten Little Indians¿). The plot moved quickly, and there were lots of bits of subtle humor interspersed among the tension and suspense. The characters were wonderfully portrayed ¿ while discussing the book with my husband I commented that you know a writer is good if you become attracted to one of the characters simply based upon the description and characterization, and that person¿s personality. Magnus Streng was one of my favorite characters ¿ he was absolutely fascinating and if he were a real person, I¿d love to meet him. I strongly recommend this book to people who enjoy a good mystery, suspense/thriller, or simply good writing ¿ you won¿t be disappointed ¿ it is wonderful!

posted by Katya_Sozaeva on December 31, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Have a root canal instead.

This book had absolutely no appeal to me. There are some tremendous Scandanavian writers, Anne Holt doesn't happen to be one of them. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen in this soap opera and finally wrote it off as a bad purchase and set it aside. It ...
This book had absolutely no appeal to me. There are some tremendous Scandanavian writers, Anne Holt doesn't happen to be one of them. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen in this soap opera and finally wrote it off as a bad purchase and set it aside. It is difficult to believe this book was nominated for an award.

posted by 213769 on May 6, 2012

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

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    Homage to Agatha Christie and fabulous story - highly recommended!

    Hanne Wilhelmsen used to work for the police until a bullet severed her spine between the 10th and 11th vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. On a train to Bergen in the middle of winter, she is on her way to see an American specialist due to health problems she has been experiencing when the train is derailed. Fortunately they were right off the station and near to a hotel that was mostly empty at the time, and the only person killed in the wreck was the driver of the train. However, that first night, there is a murder. And another the second night. What is happening? Who is the killer? And what about the mysterious extra carriage at the end of the train ¿ who is in it? Why is there an armed guard? Will Hanne overcome her self-imposed isolation and help find the answers?

    I really loved this book. Apparently it is an homage to Agatha Christie¿s ¿And Then There Were None¿ (also known in some areas as ¿Ten Little Indians¿). The plot moved quickly, and there were lots of bits of subtle humor interspersed among the tension and suspense. The characters were wonderfully portrayed ¿ while discussing the book with my husband I commented that you know a writer is good if you become attracted to one of the characters simply based upon the description and characterization, and that person¿s personality. Magnus Streng was one of my favorite characters ¿ he was absolutely fascinating and if he were a real person, I¿d love to meet him. I strongly recommend this book to people who enjoy a good mystery, suspense/thriller, or simply good writing ¿ you won¿t be disappointed ¿ it is wonderful!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Loved it

    vivid, cold, claustrophobic and with a protagonist who can be downright unlikeable at times, this is the book that got me hooked on Anne Holt.

    Was interesting to see a bit about social issues in Norway, too.

    Highly recommended tho maybe not everyone's cup of tea.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Another great mystery from Scandinavia.

    With the good mysteries coming out of Sweden, I enjoyed reading one from Norway and a section I know well. The trian trip from Oslo to Bergen is beathtaking but I am glad I never got stranded in a snow storm such as in 1222 but it was a good read right to the end. I did not really suspect the culprit till near the end which made it more interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

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    A great mystery that's difficult to unravel!

    Described as Norway's #1 bestselling crime writer, Anne Holt had fashioned together a most intriguing story of deceit, mystery and murder. Her latest book, 1222, is written in a very unique fashion, eluding familiar concepts of strong writing and story telling. One example of this can be seen in her main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen.

    Hanne is not your typical protagonist.

    Having been paralyzed from the waist down in a police shoot out four years ago, she is wheel chair bound. As a lesbian, and a respected police officer, she finds herself very lonely and depressed, and is not much of a social butterfly, even more so since her accident.

    On her way to see a specialist about her paralysis, Hanne's train derails in a snowstorm high above any settlement, and her and the other passengers are forced to take refuge in a hotel at the top of the mountain. As the storm continues to get worse, communication between them and the outside world is complete cut off. To make things even more interesting, a clergy man is found shot. With her crime investigation experience and knowledge, Hanne is shanghaied into the team that seems to be taking charge - a lawyer, a doctor, and the hotel manager. With the storm raging outside, and a murder amongst them, they truly do not have much time before the next body is found.

    This book kept me hooked until the very end! Holt did a terrific job concealing who the murder was until the very last pages! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries, and action/ thriller novels!

    I received this book compliments of Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster Publishers for my honest review and would rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Wonderful!

    This is an excellent "locked room" mystery with an intriguing narrator/protagonist. Readers who love mysteries and who enjoy female main characters will enjoy this book. The mysteries aren't all solved until the very end, and there are still questions. I wanted the story to continue to find out what happens to Hanne next. This needs a sequel, hint hint. Book clubs would find much to discuss/enjoy here.
    I think I read that the first book in the series will be translated this summer. I will definitely want that, but mostly I want the next book in the series to be translated immediately.

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