I'm Traveling Alone

I'm Traveling Alone

Book - 2015
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"International bestseller Samuel Bjork makes his US debut, a chilling and fast-paced thriller in which two detectives must hunt down a vengeful killer--and uncover the secret that ties each of them to the crime. A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree and dressed in strange doll's clothes. Around her neck is a sign that says "I'm traveling alone." A special homicide unit in Oslo re-opens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger's first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Kruger, who has been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past. When Mia views a photograph of the crime scene and spots the number "1" carved into the dead girl's fingernail, she knows this is only the beginning. Could this killer have something to do with a missing child, abducted six years ago and never found, or with the reclusive religious community hidden in the nearby woods? Mia returns to duty to track down a revenge-driven and ruthlessly intelligent killer. But when Munch's own six-year-old granddaughter goes missing, Mia realizes that the killer's sinister game is personal, and I'm Traveling Alone races to an explosive--and shocking--conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525428961
0525428968
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Barslund, Charlotte - Translator
Alternative Title: I am traveling alone

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smmeloche
Dec 15, 2016

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A six-year-old girl found dead and hanging from a tree in the woods. She is wearing doll’s clothing and has an airline tag hanging around her neck with words reading, “I’m traveling alone”. Enter seasoned police investigator, Holger Munch. He takes it upon himself to motivate the brilliant Mia Kruger, who has been off dealing with her personal demons, back to the force to help on the case. As they investigate, it soon becomes clear that both Kruger and Munch have a connection to the case; will they be able to stop the perpetrator before another girl is taken?

I’m Traveling Alone, the debut novel by Samuel Bjork, is a Scandinavian police procedural novel following Detective Holger Munch and Detective Mia Kruger. This novel is dark, twisted and fast-paced. From the initial moments of this book, I was hooked.

The novel opens with the discovery of the first girl. Holger Munch decides to call his ex-partner and protégé, Mia, to help him. Mia is holed up in isolation, contemplating suicide after the death of her twin sister. After Munch presents her with the facts, Mia begins to see patterns in the killings and decides she must help stop this psychopath before they strike again. As the plot thickens, we are introduced to a religious community living on the edge of the woods who seem to be involved in some sinister undertakings and the murderer’s ties to a missing baby from years ago. There are plenty of plots and subplots happening in this one, but they all become interwoven to create a stellar, suspenseful story.

As mentioned, this novel is made up of several moving pieces and many different major and minor character arcs between people on the police force, members of the religious cult and bystanders. At first, they all appear to be unrelated but then Bjork combines all of these flawlessly to create a story that is intricate and full of never-ending twists and turns. The main characters, especially Mia Kruger, are well developed and complex. I loved the development of her character. She was both hardened and vulnerable.

If you want a police procedural filled with a multitude of red-herrings to keep you on the edge of your seat, then you’ll want to start I’m Traveling Alone right away!

I can't wait to see more from Samuel Bjork!

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dubonnet
Sep 29, 2016

Very dark.....but well written and suspenseful.

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rdw39
Aug 20, 2016

I was drawn into this book right from the start. The author brought suspense, intrigue & an engrossing plot throughout the novel. I did have to keep the multiple characters separated in my mind, but it didn't spoil the exciting events that took place.
I find that the many authors from Scandinavian countries have a special skill in writing mysteries. Every one I've read has been captivating and thrilling to undertake.

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emerge
Mar 03, 2016

Great Scandi-noir thriller with gripping plot lines & well developed characters.
There's plenty of action as a specialized Norwegian police unit tries to find a killer who is snatching 6 year old girls. But the author takes equal time to develop each of the characters so you become invested in their fates. First of a series.
Very good translation without the awkward phrasing or stilted dialogue sometimes found in books translated for the North American market.
Fans of Anders de la Motte & Arne Dahl should enjoy this.

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h18587551
Feb 04, 2016

One of the best books I've ever read, seriously. Well written, hard to put down ( only because I had no choice at times) and totally believable. I shall look forward to his next books. If you like Jo Nesbo this is for you.

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