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Some Kind of Peace: A Novel

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  • Posted December 6, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This novel can┬┐t make up its mind whether it is a mystery/thrill

    This novel can’t make up its mind whether it is a mystery/thriller or a clinical psychology textbook. One of the authors is a psychologist specializing in behavioral therapy, as is the book’s protagonist, Siri Bergman, who treats patients for various mental problems, but seems in need of help herself. She recently lost her husband in a diving accident, but still lives in their isolated house, talking to him and feeling his touch, afraid of the dark, keeping all the lights in the house on through the night (among other problems she has).

    One of her patients, a young woman named Sara, is found murdered on Siri’s property. Siri also has the feeling that someone is watching her, often looking at her through the window (of course with the lights on it’s easy). Then she receives a photo of herself in the mail, with a note confirming she is being watched. The receptionist of the office Siri shares with two colleagues is the victim of a hit-and-run, just as she was going to tell Siri something. Despite all these coincidences, the police make no progress in solving the case.

    Naturally, Siri looks to her various patients for a possible perpetrator when it becomes obvious she is being targeted. The problem is that half the book is filled with clinical notes on a variety of patients having nothing to do with the main plot, except for one patient. And to the novel’s detriment, the conclusion comes out of left field. Some judicious editing and tightening could have improved the novel from just a run-of-the-mill effort to a much better read. Apparently this first effort has a sequel. Let’s hope it includes those characteristics.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    if you are a true scandinavian crime fiction reader, you will fi

    if you are a true scandinavian crime fiction reader, you will find this book to be overly wordy and not engaging at all.
    it takes way too long to develop and the main character's actions are both unbelievable and irritating. the authors did not
    do a good job of creating suspense, developing the plot, or making you care about this woman. i say check it out from the library.

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