A Question of Guilt by Jørn Lier Horst translated by Anne Bruce
Published by Michael Joseph in March 2022
Genre: Crime Fiction
In 1999, seventeen-year-old Tone Vaterland was killed on her way home from work. Desperate for a conviction the police deemed the investigation an open-and-shut case and sent her spurned boyfriend, Danny Momrak, down for murder.
But twenty years later William Wisting receives a puzzling letter. It suggests the wrong man was convicted for Tone’s death and the real murderer is still out there.
Wisting is quickly thrown into a terrifying race against time where he must find the sender, decipher this mysterious letter and catch the real killer before they strike again.
➡️ Did I like the book?
This was my first encounter with Wisting and boy did it not disappoint one bit! How on earth could have I missed this series before?! You can be sure I’ll be getting the previous translated novels very very soon!
So to answer my own question, YES, I did like the book indeed! A Question of Guilt ticks all the boxes of a police procedural novel with an X factor on top to make it really stand out.
➡️ Did I enjoy reading it?
Scandi Noir is now a famous and firmly established category in crime fiction but I often find the novels to be a hit or miss for me as I am always looking for more than just a story from the white and cold landscapes.
A Question of Guilt is expertly written. No fuss, but no bare writing either. Beautiful descriptions transporting you where the action happens and the right balance between investigation and characterization turn the novel into a very enjoyable crime ride!
➡️ What did I feel?
I love it when old cases come to haunt people and this is exactly what happens to Wisting. Can the guy get a quiet holiday? Apparently not!!! A letter throws doubts into our investigator’s mind about a case from 1999 (I was only 9 at the time, gosh!) and what follows is a clever and intense game. Is there truth to the letter? Why show up now? Who is behind everything? My brain was totally engaged and I had a great time following William Wisting on the road to real answers.
The guy who discovers holes in colleagues’ cases is never popular, but I admired Wisting’s attitude and how he would not let things rest to avoid any ripples! If you think I’ve outlined the most important parts of the plot, you’re wrong! There is so much more to talk about, but it would ruin the effect of your reading if I talked too much so… I’ll ask for my lawyer now!
I really want to know more about William Wisting now, I can’t wait to discover more of his backstory, although there are enough details in A Question of Guilt so you don’t feel he’s a stranger throughout the book.
➡️ How would I describe it?
Brilliantly paced, smart and strongly built to keep you reading!
➡️ Anything else to add?
You can really feel the author’s real life experience shining through the book, the authenticity is top-notch and adds to the quality of the novel!
I need a holiday to catch up on the series (book and TV!!)
You can buy your copy of this stunning novel here: Amazon
Thank you to the publisher for inviting me to kick off the book tour and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!