The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst

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The Katharina Code
Wisting #12
Jørn Lier Horst
Mystery & Thrillers
Penguin UK
09 Aug 2018


Twenty-four years ago Katharina Haugen went missing.

All she left behind was her husband Martin and a mysterious string of numbers scribbled on a piece of paper.

Every year on October 9th Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case he was never able to solve. Stares at the code he was never able to crack. And visits the husband he was never able to help.

But now Martin Haugen is missing too.

As Wisting prepares to investigate another missing person's case he's visited by a detective from Oslo. Adrian Stiller is convinced Martin's involved in another disappearance of a young woman and asks Wisting to close the net around Martin.

But is Wisting playing cat and mouse with a dangerous killer or a grief-stricken husband who cannot lay the past to rest?

WOW! This is one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year for sure.

We already knew Scandinavia could make great thriller movies and ever since the Millennium trilogy we also are familiar with great, dark and intriguing stories. And ‘The Katherina Code‘ for sure fits in that category.

The story is well told and has greatly build and full characters. Even though this is number 12 already in the ‘Wisting‘ series it perfectly reads as a standalone. For me reason enough to pick up more books from this series. It’s not surprising Norwegian television picked up this series to turn it into a TV series.

This book gives you time to breath and take it all in, the story is not fast but it never looses attention either, Horst found the perfect balance between the two. Great nighttime read!


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