INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A tense and atmospheric standalone thriller about two brothers, one small town, and a lifetime of dark secrets, from the bestselling author of the Harry Hole novels.
“I read The Kingdom and couldn’t put it down ... Suspenseful ... Original ... This one is special in every way.”—Stephen King, acclaimed internationally bestselling author
Roy and Carl, brothers from a small mountain town, have spent their whole lives hiding from the darkness in their pasts—Roy by staying put and staying quiet, and Carl by running far away. Roy believed his little brother 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. As the town’s long-buried past begins to surface, Roy will be forced to choose between his own flesh and blood and a future he had never dared to believe possible.
This twisty standalone from bestseller Nesb (the Harry Hole series) centers on the complex relationship between brothers Roy and Carl Opgard, who grew up in a remote Norwegian village. In a hunting mishap, 15-year-old Carl mortally wounds the family dog, but it's 16-year-old Roy who puts the animal out of its misery and later lies to their parents about who had the guts to do so. Indeed, Roy has always cleaned up Carl's messes. As adults, the brothers go their separate ways, but old secrets threaten to surface when Carl returns with his wife to the village, where he hopes to build a hotel that will make him rich, a venture that Roy, who runs a gas station and convenience store, is skeptical of. The revelation that Carl may have been sexually abused by their father, who died with their mother in a car crash officially deemed accidental years before, suggests trouble to come. The resulting bloodshed feels both unsettling and inevitable. Fans of classic noir such as Double Indemnity will be hooked.
Definitely hooks you!
Couldn’t put down……
I kept reading to see what happened next to these two brothers and their little mountain town. Nesbo did not disappoint with this book, as usual….kinda left me on a small cliff hanger (no pun intended!)……wonder if there might be a book two to continue the investigation?
Thank you Joe Nesbo
For this absolute masterpiece