Crime · Mystery · Read-Reviewed-2019 · Thriller

The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo. (2017 in Danish, 2018 in English).


The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo. (2017 in Danish, 2018 in English).

**3.5 out of 4 stars**

Journalist Matthew is sent to the edge of an ice sheet to write about the discovery of a mummified corpse thought to be a Viking. But the next day the mummy has disappeared and the policeman who was watching it is found naked and flayed.
Matt soon realises that the body is connected to a series of unsolved murders from the 1970s. As he delves deeper into this investigation, he finds shocking connections to the present. Then he meets Tupaarnaq, a young Greenlandic woman, and he discovers more and more shocking information…

A bit mixed feelings about this book. Overall I liked it but I’m not sure it flowed well enough for me. I can’t imagine the difficulties of translating however some sentences just didn’t sound quite right to me. As others have commented, it is fairly gruesome in parts. On the other hand, I found the gruesome sections a bit repetitive as it was the same descriptions used each time. The storyline includes some pretty dark subject matter: horrific murders, sexual assault of children, illegal experiments and dodgy politicians amongst other things. Matthew was a great lead character; the intelligent, damaged man looking for the truth. Tupaarnaq was a fascinating second lead; the strong yet emotionally damaged woman who suffered too much as a child. This is a series in Danish, and I would definitely be open to reading book 2 in English when it is published.

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