Book Review: The Owl Always Hunts At Night, by Samuel Bjork.

11 Mar
Book Review: The Owl Always Hunts At Night, by Samuel Bjork.

Thank you to publishers Transworlds Books for gifting me this copy of ‘The Owl Always Hunts At Night’. This book was translated from Norwegian to English, which we British booklovers have greatly appreciated! This is the first book I have read by Samuel Bjork, I know the previous book ‘I’m Traveling Alone’ was very popular, and readers of that were excited to read this new book. However, ‘The Owl’ was fine to read as a standalone. 

I read this book as part of a buddy read with one of my favourite bookbloggers and lovely friend Irena. She read in Croatia, and I read in Scotland, and we spoke while we read about our thoughts and ideas about the book. It made reading the book even more fun. Irena is a brilliant blogger and person, and will also be writing a review of this book. You can find Irena’s Blog – BookDustMagic! and Twitter

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When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.

Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.

But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.



Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Publication: March 23rd 2017 by Transworld Digital

My Thoughts:

This book wasn’t what I expected it to be when I first picked it up. The first chapter tells a story from years ago when some of the characters were younger, as the book progressed, my thoughts kept returning to this first chapter as I tried to figure out what had happened. I did not figure it out, until the twists told us so!! I like a book where I cannot guess the twists, this is a winning book for me. However, the very strange and different thing about this book for me was that I didn’t have a clue who the culprit was for the majority of the book, and I am always suspicious of practically everyone, but not in this tale. Honestly, it confused me a bit. This is one of the reasons that  enjoyed buddy reading this so much, so that at the end of each reading marathon, I would check in with Irena and see what she thought. 

This is the first book that I have read that is based in Norway, and the way the characters describe it, it sounds so cold and uninviting! But having a friend who is Norwegian I know that there are very beautiful parts of Norway, and I can only deduce that the negative way the characters spoke of the country (more so the weather) was part of her state of mind.

There are a lot of different elements to this story, a lot of characters and a lot of divided off stories. It made me wonder how it was all going to link up, but link up it did and it did it very well. It was a book that I had to concentrate on because of the many characters, but because of this I got very involved in the story and it completely wrapped me up for the week I was reading it.  I haven’t ever read a book like this before, with very strange ideas and a total mix of characters. The Author even mentioned Anonymous and Black Hackers (which I hadn’t heard of before, but I know of now after reading this).

Overall the book was gripping, thought provoking and a very different kind of thriller. 







Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Books


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8 responses to “Book Review: The Owl Always Hunts At Night, by Samuel Bjork.

  1. irena_bookdustmagic

    March 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

    First of all, thank you for your kind words.
    Second, it was a pure pleasure reading this book with you (and guessing who the killer was).
    Third, nice review! 😉
    I was thinking, and something tells me that the writer described Norway as cold and dark to build up the vibe this book gave us. You know what I mean, cold atmosphere, creepy murders go together.

    • chocolatepages

      March 11, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Yes, very good point. It did give that vibe too, cold, creepy and murderous. You’re welcome, I look forward to reading your review. xx

  2. Donna

    March 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Wow, as super suspectors, we usually find hints and get the culprits or at least see the twists, so I’m surprised to know this book surprised you so much! For this reason only, I think it’s worth reading! Also it’s nice that you got to buddy read with our lovely Irena, I know it makes some stories even better when you can discuss it as you go. I like that it sounds so intricate but everything is weaved and you are not left with half a storyline. Also, I did notice that Nordic crime make their setting appear so uninviting, but it has the contrary effect on me!
    Fantastic review, I need this book!

    • chocolatepages

      March 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      I’m glad my review makes you want to read it. It will be good to compare with Irena’ s review when she posts hers next week. I havent read any other Nordic books, perhaps I should. xx

      • Donna

        March 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

        I discovered Nordic crime stories not long ago and they’re awesome, there’s something special about them 🙂 xx

      • chocolatepages

        March 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        I will have to keep an eye out for more of them then. Thanks. x

  3. wendyunsworth

    March 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Great recommendation! I have read a few books set in cold environments recently and I do think it adds to the sense of menace!

    • chocolatepages

      March 13, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Yes I think a talented Author will use all aspects to create the right effect that they want, it certainly worked here. Thanks.


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