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Summary

In the wake of a dying man’s apparent suicide, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered on a windswept hillside. Detective Hjalti Hentze suspects that it is the body of a Norwegian woman reported missing 40 years earlier, while a commune occupied the land, and whose death may be linked to the abduction and rape of a local Faroese girl.

Meanwhile British DI Jan Reyna is pursuing his investigation into his mother’s suicide. But as he learns more about her final days, links between the two cases start to appear: a conspiracy of murder and abuse spanning four decades. And as Hentze puts the same pieces together, he realises that Reyna is willing to go further than ever before to learn the truth....

©2017 Chris Ould (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Really enjoyable and hard to put down

I love Chris Ould's characters as they all have rounded personalities whether good or bad. The story was complex and well written, I wonder whether there will be another follow up. I do hope so, I have become quite fond of the main characters.

Matt Addis reads well and he distinguishes between characters and keep the listener caught up in the action.

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Great trilogy!!

I really enjoyed listening to these 3 books. Reminded me very much of Anne Cleaves’ Shetland series, high praise indeed!! Highly recommended.

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Brilliant

Am genuinely sorry that this trilogy is over.. It is a brilliant read and the Narrator perfect for it. Would recommend to anyone who liked PD James certainly up to her standard.

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so so njoyable

three of the best books/stories I have ever read. do not pass them by. look foreword to his next book.

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Enjoyed

Lovely narration and a great storyline. A really good gentle build up to a cracking ending recommended

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Fantastic narrator, good trilogy

Narrator brilliant, in my top three. Stories great though this last one was a little frustrating as there was obviously a need to connect the two sets of crimes based on the common factors and it took an implausibly long time to get there but this did not spoil anything really . Overall a very satisfying trilogy with well developed characters and plot lines.

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Superb finale to a great series

Please don't listen to this without having first listened to The Blood Starnd, and The Killing Bay (in that order). This is a trilogy of books that develop the story, and I think a good deal is lost if you don't follow the sequence.

But, that said, what a trilogy! I really cannot recommend too highly this series about Jan Reyna, a British DI of Faroese parentage, and the crimes on the Faroes. The author widens the net of characters, so that we also follow the Faroese detective Hjalti Hentze and Lisbeth Salander clone Tove, as well as others. The action in this third part moves to Denmark. The story line hangs together well across the three books, leading to a climax, that as the cliche goes, is certainly explosive.

The narration by Matt Addis is equally flawless. I assume that his Faroese and Danish pronunciation is perfect, and he has a convincing different voice for each character.

If you are at home in the Covid-19 lockdown, why not binge listen to these 3 audiobooks?

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A worthy (and dark) conclusion to a great trilogy.

Darker and (at the end) more frantic than the previous books in this great trilogy.

The Reyna part in particular is so interwoven with the rest of all three books, that it's obvious that the trilogy storyline was made up by Chris Ould from the beginning. Not that I minded. This is a very good read with that "unputdownable" feel to it. As in Blood Strand and Killing Bay the subtle psychology in the conversations and thoughts are most convincing.

Good narration by Matt Addis.

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Very good, brilliantly performed

I've listened to each of the audiobooks in this trilogy and enjoyed them all. They're well plotted and the characters are believable and interesting. What makes them stand out in this audio form is the excellent performance by Matt Addis, who manages to create distinctively different voices for each of the main characters. His performance on this audiobook really enhances the story and brings the characters to life. The story itself is exciting and largely convincing.

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Brilliant retelling by Matt Addis

Ould’s Faroes novels are gripping and Matt Addis is the best reader possible. Fantastic stuff.

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  • 10-07-20

A very satisfying read

I really enjoyed all three books in the Faroes trilogy. This was my favorite, although the first two were excellent as well. More action in this one and the plot moved quickly as a result. I also enjoyed the narration. I definitely recommend it.

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  • 02-12-18

Much worse than first two

While I liked his first two books, this one seemed disconnected and rushed in its unsatisfying conclusion. It really wasn't part of a Faroe trilogy so much as a book about Danish crimes and the characters were left dangling at the end. Good narrator though.

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  • Jim
  • 11-08-18

Best of Three

This book is very well done in both story and performance. It is important to have read books one and two and essential to have read at least book two. The story in book 3 stands on its own but knowing the prior books helps with the flow. Some excellent twists and turns throughout none of which are beyond belief. The story telling is excellent with different voices and accents. This should be the beginning of a super series just like Bosch (Michael Connelly). In short, its an excellent listen.

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  • Karen Ericksen
  • 27-07-18

Terrific

The whole trilogy is excellent. Intellectually so[histicated, great plots, very good writing as well as great narrator. The very best of,Scandinavian crime mysteries.

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  • Laura
  • 29-06-18

Slow start, but stay with it.

My one frustration with this narrator is the slow reading, particularly at the beginning of books. I almost gave up in total frustration with this one, but kept with it.

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  • M.K. Davies
  • 24-06-18

Loved the Trilogy

Excellent trilogy. I knew nothing about the Faroe Islands before this, but I read some things about them. Such interesting books & be prepared to get a glimpse of real evil.

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  • Chris
  • 13-06-18

One of my favorite series.

Chris Ould has written three amazing books that have great and rich characters. His writing transposed me to the locations and gives me that sense of being right there. I have about 4 boos series that I could read or listen to anytime, this is one.

Matt Addis gives a wonderful performance, clearly differentiating each character. His accents and vocal inflections are great.

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