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Blog Tour: Where Ravens Roost – Karin Nordin*

The raven cawed at him, craning its neck unnaturally. As it dug its hooked beak into the mess of dried grass and twigs that made up its nest, a shiny glimmer reflected off a low-hanging bulb. Kjeld edged closer to get a better look. It was a human tooth.

Detective Kjeld Nygaard wants nothing more than to forget his family and Varsund, the small mining town he once called home, even exist. But while on suspension after his last case went disastrously wrong, his estranged father Stenar leaves a message on Kjeld’s phone claiming he’s seen a murder.

But with no evidence and Stenar suffering from Alzheimer’s, the local police think he must have imagined it. Kjeld can’t stop himself from investigating what actually happened, and soon discovers a body. But when the police start to suspect Stenar, it’s a race against time to discover the truth before it’s lost forever.

But will uncovering the truth expose family secrets that are best left buried?

My thoughts:

A slow beginning turns into a gripping, complex thriller, revolving around Kjeld’s family and the secrets locked in his father’s memory, secrets that are slowly coming out as Stenar’s Alzheimer’s has him living half in the past.

The author deals with dementia sensitively and depicts the struggle of Stenar’s family, especially daughter Sara, well. It’s very hard to watch someone slowly lose their memories and forget who you are.

The crime scene in the barn, with its audience of watchful ravens is creepy and sinister. Even though corvids are clever birds, I felt a bit sorry for them, stuck away in the dark, unable to fly off.

Kjeld is an interesting protagonist, he’s dealing with the break up of his relationship as well as professional concerns following his last case in Gothenburg. Adding his troubled family situation – an estranged father, a resentful sister, to his plate could have sent him spinning but he focuses on the case in hand and manages to unravel a much larger mess than first appears.

A really good, solid crime thriller with well developed characters and a smart, knotty plot.

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