A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK FOR SPRING 2017
‘The latest Norwegian crime-writing sensation.’ - Sunday Times
When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’.
In response, police investigator Holger Munch is immediately charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Krüger – a brilliant but troubled detective – who has retreated to a solitary island with plans to kill herself.
Reviewing the file, Mia finds something new – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. She knows that this is only the beginning. To save other children from the same fate, she must find a way to cast aside her own demons and stop this murderer from becoming a serial killer.
PRAISE FOR I'M TRAVELLING ALONE:
'Terrific . . . Intelligent and gripping . . . May well propel [Bjork] to deserved international fame.' The Times
'This is a simply terrific debut. The characters are completely believable, the plot is scalpel sharp and, as the hunt escalates, it will frighten the wits out of you in an utterly brilliant way.' Sunday Mirror
‘Tense, thrilling and genuinely scary.’ Heat
‘Perfect for fans of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series and Danish crime drama The Bridge.’ Crime Scene Magazine
'Samuel Bjork’s formidable I’m Travelling Alone is despatched with real élan . . . Mia’s confrontation with both her own demons and a very human one is mesmerising fare.' Independent
Samuel Bjork’s latest novel The Boy in the Headlights is out now
Bj rk (the pen name of Norwegian novelist Frode Sander ien) makes his U.S. debut with this brooding serial killer thriller. Oslo detectives Holger Munch, a math nerd who dotes on his six-year-old granddaughter, and Mia Kr ger, a brilliant profiler who has burned out on her disheartening job and is on the verge of self-destruction, are on the trail of a murderer, whose first victim, a six-year-old girl, was found hanging from a tree by a jump rope, perfectly bathed and groomed, dressed in doll clothing. Similar killings follow. Munch and Kr ger realize that they're dealing with a resourceful perpetrator who plans meticulously and seems always to be a step ahead of them. Kr ger eventually discovers that the killer may have a personal vendetta, and when Munch's granddaughter is threatened, she and Munch must gaze into their own pasts for crucial clues. Bj rk doles out characterization and exposition in multiparagraph lumps, but harrowing and enthralling action sequences more than compensate.