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THE KINGDOM – Jo Nesbo (Released November 10th, 2020)
Roy and Carl have spent their whole lives running from the darkness in their past, but when Carl finally returns to make peace with it, the two brothers are inexorably drawn into a reckoning with their own demons.
Roy has never left the quiet mountain town he grew up in, unlike his little brother Carl who couldn’t wait to get out and escape his troubled past. Just like everyone else in town, Roy believed Carl was gone for good. But Carl has big plans for his hometown. And when he returns with a mysterious new wife and a business opportunity that seems too good to be true, simmering tensions begin to surface and unexplained deaths in the town’s past come under new scrutiny. Soon powerful players set their sights on taking the brothers down by exposing their role in the town’s sordid history.
But Roy and Carl are survivors, and no strangers to violence. Roy has always protected his younger brother. As the body count rises, though, Roy’s loyalty to family is tested. And then Roy finds himself inextricably drawn to Carl’s wife, Shannon, an attraction that will have devastating consequences. Roy’s world is coming apart and soon there will be no turning back. He’ll be forced to choose between his own flesh and blood and a future he had never dared to believe possible.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
A new standalone from Jo Nesbo is here! THE KINGDOM is a dark and gritty read and perfect for those that love this type of Nordic Noir genre. Don’t let the 400+ page count deter you because I found it to be well worth the read. As with most books in this genre, there is a slower build to the tension but just enough to keep pulling you through. As with his other books I’ve read, I just couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know what was coming next. If you’re looking for something with a faster pace, then this one might disappoint. However, if you’re a fan of the more character study suspense reads, then that’s exactly what’s in store for you here.
Not only is there murder and violence, but we get to see how strong the bonds are between family members. This is very different from the Harry Hole series, so if you’re anticipating a book similar to those, then you may end up a little disappointed in the end. The character development, narration, and the dark overall tone made for another great read from Nesbo and I’ll continue to read more of the Harry Hole series (to get caught up) and his other releases!