1222 (Hanne Wilhelmsen Series #8)

1222 (Hanne Wilhelmsen Series #8)

by Anne Holt
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1222 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. It would be perfect for curling up by the fire with. It's too warm for that here, but the howling winds and mounting snow in the novel were almost as frighttening as the murders. Moves at a good pace, full of unique personalities and smaller puzzles.
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
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!
mopping_five More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a horrible book. If there was an option to give it no stars I would have. Plot is boring and the main character is so unlikable that it made it a chore to read.
kikifitz More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by holt I have read, but certainly not the last. As the series is translated, I will be there. Great characters, a great setting, a very good plot with a number of worthy suspects adds up to a very enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tense mystery set in the mountains of Norway (a real place, by the way...look it up!). Our main character is a former police officer now confined to a wheelchair and only reluctantly helping with the investigation. Interesting characters and the unique setting make this a riveting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The protagonist is a b of the first water. 'Nuff said.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Decent book, but I expected more. 1222 is a novel written by Anne Holt, one of the most prolific and bestselling crime writers from Norway. While I had never heard of Anne Holt of her series about Hanne Wilhelmsen before, this book had me intrigued enough to check on her impressive backlist and credentials. While I won’t rule out reading more of her books, I’m not all too hyped. I can see why people enjoy her writing, I’m just not sure if it’s for me. The book features protagonist Hanne Wilhelmsen, who isn’t your typical main character. She’s bound to a wheelchair because she’s paralyzed from the waist down, something which happened during a shooting approximately four years ago. On top of that, she uses her paralyzis to keep other people at a distance. While it was hard to like Hanne from the start, she gradually grew on me. She befriends a loner boy who reminds her of herself when she was younger, indicating she’s been a loner her entire life. She also befriends a doctor with dwarfism, but tends to stay away from “regular” people which I thought was strange. Why does she purposely go seek out people who are “different” as well? Notice how I use these terms here, I’m not trying to imply anything, but I find it odd the author chooses to stick those who are “different” together based solely on the fact they’re different. I’m not sure if I’m explaining myself well, but it seems like the only reason why Hanne befriended the doctor with dwarfism is just that – because he has dwarfism. Not because she likes his personality, thinks he’s a nice person or all that, but because he has dwarfism. I thought that was strangely judgemental and perhaps not a good call. What I enjoyed most about this book was the setting. The descriptions add to the story without being overwhelming. I also liked Hanne’s personality simply because it was different, and she wasn’t a generic character. The plot itself is pretty straight-forward though. A train crashes and survivors are brought to a nearby hotel, where they stay the night. A snow storms comes and they’re stuck in there a little longer. A person is found murdered. Former inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen starts an investigation, helped by some of the people also on board of the train. Another murder happens. The story is pretty straightforward for the first half of the book, but the author uses so many clichés that I had to keep myself from rolling my eyes at times. I had solved the murders way before the main character did, which isn’t a good sign. There’s also an additional mystery involving trained security who were present on the train and now keep the upper floor of the hotel to themselves. Who are they? Why were they on the train? The explanation at the end is confusing and far-fetched to say the least, and doesn’t add to the story. I’ve heard some people rave about this book, while others are less than impressed. I like to keep the ball in the middle. The writing itself is solid, if not for the plot flaws and some of the obvious plot twists. The author knows her protagonist well, but fails to include much plot otherwise. The ending was a bit cheesy and difficult to understand, and I felt like it fell short. This book is the eight book in a series about detective Hanne Wilhelmsen, but reads well enough as a stand-alone. Perhaps if I’d read the previous books, I would’ve started to like the main character sooner, but to me, Hanne Wilhelmsen and her lonely, anti-hero personality never seemed the problem – the plot was. It was too obvious and see-through and let me feeling a tad bit disappointed. Good for a long road trip, or to read on a plane to Norway, or on a cold winter evening, but nothing world-changing. 1222 is a nice book for locked-room mysteries like “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie, except that it pales in comparison to this classic mystery novel. It’s a decent book with an interesting protagonist, but the plot is unconvincing. Read at your own risk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
An interesting take on Agatha Christie - the story is the typical "locked room" mystery, where the murderer must be someone in the closed area - in this case, a mountain hotel, closed to the world by a giant snow storm for a few days. As others here have mentioned, the lead character keeps telling us that she is a misanthrope - but then keeps helping others, so we stop believing her. The story is very straightforward, with key characters coming to the lead character with their thoughts and problems, then some are murdered and she figures out who done it. The ending is a bit of a double ending, with a murderer revealed - and then a parallel mystery of who were the police guarding all along in the hotel hinted at, although with the death of bin Laden, this latter mystery now lacks one prime suspect. The devil is in the details - and the details here can be really gross (the author seems fixated on people's mouths and dental hygiene) and the constant repetition of who is where, who knew what, and that the lead character hates people. An interesting read, it can pass the time, but about halfway through, I realized I was reading it only out of habit, not with enthusiasm. Read it if you want to hear a Norwegian complain about Norway.
wadebarb1 More than 1 year ago
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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insurance More than 1 year ago
decent, will read her one more time
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bookaholicNC More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book, but don't like it much. The plot sounded good but it is mostly boring. I don't like Hanne - maybe I needed to read previous books, but she is not a very nice person and I can't sympathize with her in this book. The writing is stilted and the weather is supposed to be a big deal, but I just didn't care about it, or any of the characters, very much.