Book Review: The Night Ferry by Lotte Hammer|A Konrad Simonsen thriller|

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Sixteen children and four adults are killed in a devastating boat crash in Copenhagen. Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called in, only to discover that this was no accident and that one of the passengers has a very personal connection to the homicide team.

Reeling from this revelation and not knowing who to trust, Simonsen follows a trail that eventually leads him to Bosnia and a network of criminal misconduct. All evidence points towards one shady figure: a high-ranking army specialist with a suspicious past. But the more Simonsen digs, the further the truth slips from his grasp.

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A book that is equally good and exhausting and hence, a bullet point review. The Night Ferry is more like a police procedure gone wrong rather than a thriller. A few interesting points about the book are as follows:

  • The Night Ferry is a murder investigation that involves a hard-working detective and an extremely smart villain. The book contains more characters than you can count, most of them having a chaotic past.
  • The plot starts with a murder followed by a police investigation. The readers are provided with the details as and when the investigation is done, so the reader gets to form their own opinion about the story. As the killer is found and the case moves to trial, more and more manipulations follow and innocent lives are lost, again.
  • The writing style is extremely descriptive and the author invests a lot of time in character and plot building. I felt the need to take a breather every two to three chapters. On the brighter side, there is a lot of information about Denmark and the laws and the way a Scandinavian investigation is carried out. The author also gives us a lifelike description of the landscape.
  • The book can’t be read at one/two sittings and hence, it is a very slow read. One might feel the need to give up multiple times. but the plot is powerful enough to make you feel the need to get some answers.

The Night Ferry is an intriguing, descriptive and somewhat intense thriller that has a lot to offer. The Plot is well planned and well executed. However, I felt that the book could have been easily transformed into a series rather than one big, excruciating book.

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Purchase Links:                           |Amazon Paperback|

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Night Ferry by Lotte Hammer|A Konrad Simonsen thriller|

  1. I’m loving the thriller recommendations I am getting from reading your blog right now ^.^ Hmm, another slow one. I might have to think because I usually like my thrillers fast paced. But you also mention there is intrigue that keeps you reading. Hmm…

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