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Pigen uden hud First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mads Peder Nordbo , and Text Publishing Company for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.While I quite enjoy Scandinavian murder mysteries, there are certainly degrees of quality, as with any genre I stumbled upon this piece by Mads Peder Nordbo and liked the dust jacket blurb, hoping it would live up to the synopsis Learning that Norbdo works in Greenland offered me some hope that he would be able to shed some unique light on the setting, as well as the story s development throughout Danish journalist Matthew Cave is sent to Greenland to cover their upcoming elections However, there is a sensational story coming out of the small community of Nuuk, which demands Cave s attention A man is found on the ice, his organs removed in a brutal manner While it surely could be one of the many wild animals in the region, the cuts seem to precise and clean to be anything but that of a knife blade in a human s hand As Cave begins to investigate a little , the body count increases and the severity of the attacks seem to be growing as well Cave pokes around and discovers a connection to a set of crimes from back in 1973, where small children were kidnapped As the community is reeling, Cave s editors are demanding answers and sensational coverage, which he is not yet ready to offer Following the trail, Cave discovers that some of the missing children have reappeared, as though they were dropped from the sky decades later, with no past and for no known reason As he wrestles with his own personal demons, Cave must follow this case through to the end, even if the results are anything but satisfying An interesting story that Nordbo makes his own, though there was some element missing to make it stellar Those who like Scandinavian mysteries may find something worthwhile herein, though I felt the flow and entire premise fell a bit flat for my liking.What is it that defines a Scandinavian mystery Must the author hail from that region to be given this classification Perhaps the story must take place within those countries defined as Scandinavian I ask this because the story takes place entirely in Greenland, which may be part of the Danish territories, but the flavour of the novel is definitely unique Nordbo uses this unique approach to flavour his novel in such a way to allow it to stand out, as well as some of the biographical information I provided above Much of the setting and the societal norms differ greatly from those used in the numerous Scandinavian novels I have read, though this uniqueness is not entirely unwelcome Matthew Cave is an interesting character and proves to be a worthy protagonist Receiving his surname from his father, a member of the American military stationed in Greenland, Cave left the area at the age of four to settle in Denmark This strain from any father figure proves to be a recurring issue throughout the novel, as does the loss of his wife and unborn child, thereby erasing his chance to be a father Nordbo uses this thread to push the story along, as Cave seeks to piece together some of the happenings to those children from 1973 and the resulting murders in modern times Cave proves to be an effective journalist, but I did not feel a connection to him, which may be to do with the style of writing that Nordbo offers Many of the other characters who grace the pages of this book are a mix of gritty members of the police or community members, who mix a Danish and local indigenous culture into their daily lives Nordbo tosses names and terminology around with ease, leaving a reader not entirely adept with either to flounder Still, I was able to make some general connections and limped my way through the piece The story s premise was decent and I am pleased to have been able to follow it, but it was also weakened by a lack of flow and jilted writing A mix of short and longer chapters, the story seemed to sputter along and I could not entirely tell if it was the translation that was causing me such distress or a lack of cohesive writing in whatever language I have often said that Scandinavian novels seem to offer a seamless transition when translated, but this was surely an exception I noticed that this was the first in what might be an upcoming series, so I am not sure if I want to continue when the next piece surfaces That being said, I am forewarned and forearmed, should I choose to continue Other readers preparing for this undertaking should be as well.Kudos, Mr Nordbo, for a decent effort, though it missed the mark for me I can only hope that others find something stellar in this writing, as it did not meet by, admittedly, high expectations.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.Matthew Cave is a journalist in Nuuk, Greenland He is sent to the scene of a mummified body discovered on the desolate Greenland ice sheet After he sees the body and a news photographer take pictures, they return to Nuuk The next day, the policeman who was left to guard the body is found gruesomely murdered and the mummified body is gone Matthew soon realizes that the policeman s murder is similar to a series of unsolved murders in Greenland forty years earlier He starts investigating and the person he trusts the most is Tupaarnaq, a woman recently released from prison for killing her family at the age of 14 Together they uncover a coverup of murder, rape, incest and The book alternates between two narratives, one in 2014 and one in 1973 The 1973 narrative is based upon a diary of a policeman presumed dead He was investigating the murders and incest, despite orders from superiors to stop investigating The book moved slowly in the first half, while I tried to put all this together The murders are resolved, and some of the abusers are exposed The description of the dead bodies is graphic enough that cozy mystery fans are not going to want to read this I have been to Nuuk, and I enjoyed the description of Nuuk.Thanks to Text Publishing Company for sending me this book through NetGalley TheGirlWithoutSkin NetGalley Matthew Cave Er En Dansk Journalist Sidst I Erne Han Har Dag For Dag Sluppet Sit Tag I Livet Efter Tabet Af K Resten Og Deres Uf Dte Datter I Et Trafikuheld Flugten Fra Virkeligheden Har Drevet Ham Til Nuuk, Ansporet Af Et R Gammelt Postkort Hans Amerikanske Far Har Sendt Fra Thulebasen, Inden Han Forsvandt Matthew Bliver Sendt Til Kanten Af Indlandsisen For At D Kke Opdagelsen Af En Mumificeret Nordbo Viking, Den F Rste Velbevarede Viking, Der Nogensinde Er Fundet Alt K Res I Stilling Til En Verdenssensation, Og Det Lille, Arktiske Samfund Holder Vejret Men Kaos Bryder L S, Da Mumien Er Forsvundet, Og En Betjent Findes Opspr Ttet Og T Mt For Indvolde Matthew Kommer P Sporet Af Fire Identiske Drab I , Som Har Forbindelse Til To Rige Pigers Sporl Se Forsvinden De To Sager Flyder Sammen For Matthew, Og Han F R Hurtigt Gravet Fingrene Dybt Ned I B De Nutidens Og Fortidens Blodige Mord Den Eneste, Han For Alvor T R Stole P , Er En Ung, Gr Nlandsk Kvinde, Der Som Rig Dr Bte Sin Far Ved At Spr Tte Ham Op Og T Mme Ham For Indvolde Hendes Krop Er D Kket Af Tatoveringer Huden Slidt Af, Da Hun Var Barn Hendes Vilje St Rk Som Fjeldene Om Nuuk PIGEN UDEN HUD Oplever Stor Interesse Fra Udlandet Inden Bogens Udgivelse Er Der Lukket Aftaler Med Mere End Ti Lande I want to thank Text Publishing, the author, and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book All for the measly price of a review.I ll be honest right from the start and tell ya that by the time I went to Netgalley to review this story that it was already absent Gone Normally I d just say to heck with it and move on This dang story thoughit stuck with me Two weeks after reading it I finally realized why I was so bummed out It wasn t the ending, and it had nothing to do with how the story played out Truth is that I loved this book I loved the characters The location The freaking creepy tale of abuse, neglect and revenge Thing is that I wanted this, all of this, to go on No not this story, but another With the same Cop from the past, and the same reporter and tattooed woman from now I adored these people Damn, they were threatened, damn near killed, and yet they cared so much This author made me feel The feels I ve always wanted to visit Greenland It s just a thing with me I love cold, snow, glaciers.blah de blah Then when I was reading this I saw that there are no roads leading out from towns in Greenland You actually have to take a boat no problem or take a freaking tiny, itsy, bitsy plane from one town to another That may have been the most terrifying thing in this story O.K., maybe that s an exaggeration, because flaying is awful too But, a deathmobile Oh no Flaying or flying Neither, if not a boat, then I m staying home Wait Did you say an igloo For shits sake..I guess I ll fly First Xanax Then fly Man, I really loved the story and characters But, because it s a tale that s told in two different timelines, I see that I won t be reading from one characters P.O.V., and I will miss him Yet, I do hope that this author sticks with Greenland in his books Honestly, it s really a character unto itself I ve heard they have ferocious mosquitoes there Heck, skeeters themselves are a skeery bunch Oh, dear me Lame, Lisa So lame Yes, obviously I would recommend this book and author Also, I ve already looked for other books from Mr Norbo, and none were yet translated, but he is now on my radar, and I m ready for Update Just today checking on this author s website, and it seems as though this may be the first book in a series Yippee Truly, just imagine me as a 5 foot 7, 120 pound leprechaunWell, crap O.K., a Scottish American leprechaun No, dude Fuck that SHIT I ain t Irish Oh, and ain t ain t a word and I ain t spose to say it Lolol Any who, bring on the Danish dude who writes about Greenland Also, I m 55 nowI m too adult to be clicking my heels Man, that s just a big old fat lie I tried clicking my heels A few month s ago, and I tripped myself up and landed on my noggin Seriously If Dan had been home and seen me, I might have died from embarrassment Egads Age It s comical at times Most impressive Outside, the sun had set fire to the evening sky over Nuuk The orange light from the flaming clouds cast a glow so strong that it looked as if the living room walls were burning This book is full of writing like this Also, the translation appeared seamless, it felt flawless, nothing felt like it didn t have its place, or did not fit I did not know that there was such a thing as Nordic crime, but I will keep an eye out for , as I will this author who appears to have five other books to be read.This is a book full of gory content, but it fit well and I was not bothered by it My dictionary got a great workout, as did Google for all the cultural references and pronunciations Set in Greenland, this is an area I know nothing about so it was a very interesting and brutal read A crime thriller set in freezing conditions with characters to love, and ones to despise Very well written, no holds barred, dark, bleak and tough Despite this bleakness I was engaged for every moment Very much recommended reading.With grateful thanks to the the Text Publishing team for my hard copy to read and review, and for furnishing us with their generous Goodreads giveaways. I love mysteries that take place in new to me settings And Greenland definitely fits that bill Nordbo does a fabulous job of setting the scene, so that I felt I could see everything in detail Matthew Cabe is a Danish reporter assigned to Greenland after the death of his pregnant wife in a car accident When a mummified Norseman is found in an ice crevice, Matthew and his photographer are sent to report on it Overnight, the photographer s camera and files are stolen And the soldier guarding the mummified body is killed and the body stolen Matthew s editor has him research similar murders that happened in 1973 and he is given the diary of the policeman that investigated those murders The book tells its story from the viewpoint of both Matthew and Jakob, the original policeman Be prepared for gruesome scenes This is considered Scandinavian Noir and it is as dark as a Greenland winter It s a fast paced book and kept me in its grips for its entirety I had no idea how it would play out I m adding Nordbo to my list of authors to read again My thanks to netgalley and Text Publishing for an advance copy of this book. This one has a high body count If reading about people being murdered in very gruesome ways is not to your taste then you probably will not make it past the prologue.The Greenland setting makes a very atmospheric background to this first rate thriller Bodies are found in the ice, blood stains the surrounding snow scarlet, thick fogs help prevent people being found it all adds to the suspense Towards the end I thought the author might have included a few less bad guys and a few less deaths as I felt overloaded with it all Then we reached the end and it was great with several surprise twists and a tiny touch of romance to round things off All in all an excellent read but definitely not for the faint hearted Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. This is Nordic Noir at its darkest and grittiest with some very grisly murders amidst the ice and bitter winds of arctic Greenland.Matthew Cave, a Danish journalist has recently moved to Greenland to work for the local paper after the deaths of his wife and unborn child in a horrific car crash When a mummified corpse in a crevasse in the glacier, possibly that of a Norseman who died 600 years ago, Matthew s paper sends him to report on the find However, the next morning the mummy has disappeared and the policeman guarding it overnight is found horribly murdered, flayed and eviscerated on the ice Matthew s editor is reminded of similar gruesome murders from forty years ago in 1973 and suggests that he look into the similarities and he soon finds himself embroiled in a scandal that someone is still keen to keep quiet In parallel with Matthew s investigation, the events of 1973 are told through the voice of Jakob Pedersen, the policeman who originally investigated the murders Although he disappeared during the investigation but Matthew has been given his notebook with details of his discoveries It s a gruesome tale of child abuse and corruption and Matthew soon finds his own life in danger.The descriptions of the bleak, forbidding landscape, the harsh lives of the Greenlanders and the culture of sexism and corruption in the 1970s all lead to a very atmospheric novel The characters are diverse and interesting, including a feisty young Innuit women, Tupaarnaq who befriends Matthew Covered in colourful tattoos she has just been released from prison after serving time for murder Overall, it s a brutal story with thrilling twists and a high degree of tension maintained throughout 4.5 With thanks to Netgalley and Text Publishing for a digital ARC to read. This translated crime fiction from Danish author, Mads Peder Nordbo, falls squarely into the Scandi Noir genre, it has all the dark and disturbing elements, grisly murders and a brutality that is the trademark of that genre, albeit it is set in the unusual setting of Greenland It offers a social and political commentary on the dark history of the country The grieving Matthew Cave has returned to Greenland from Denmark, he spent the first four years of his life here, coming after the traumatising death of his wife and unborn daughter in a car accident He is based in Nuuk, Greenland s capital, working as a journalist on the local paper, Sermitsiaq, and looking to find out what happened to his father, an American soldier that used to be based at Thule air base Lured by the possibility of a exclusive, Cave arrives on the scene at the ice fields, where the rare discovery of a mummified Viking has been discovered.The following day, he returns to find the mummified body has disappeared and the police officer guarding it has been gruesomely murdered and eviscerated His murder echoes the MO of 4 murdered men in Nuuk back in the early 1970s, flayed and gutted, all the victims were suspected of terrible crimes An investigating Danish policeman, Jakob Pederson, disappeared, assumed murdered, leaving behind his notes on the case, and on the missing lost girls of the time, now long forgotten Cave is given his notebook, and begins to look into these forty year old murders, only to find the past rears its ugly head in the present with murders as powerful and ruthless forces look to silence any emergence of the shocking truths and secrets Cave finds himself helped by a young Inuit woman, Tupaarnaq, with her shaved head and tattooed body, recently released from a 12 year stretch in prison for the apparent murder of her family She acts as guide to Greenlandic culture for Cave as he finds himself eating raw and bloodied seal liver on a seal hunt Tupaarnaq is treated as a suspect for the murders by the police, which fuels her drive to find the real killers.Nordbo does a terrific job in providing an excellent sense of location, from the heavy driving rain, mud, intense cold and ice, the geography of Greenland, Nuuq, its culture, the deprivations faced by the local communities, the sexism, and the politics and history of the country In a narrative that goes back and forth in time, Norbo writes a riveting hard edged and heartbreaking story of child sexual abuse, secretive medical testing, political corruption and stomach churning murders I loved the richly descriptive portrayal of the location, and found the novel atmospheric, so gripping, with plenty of tension and surprising twists There is some wonderful characterisation in the diverse cast of characters presented in the book, I was particularly drawn to that of Tupaarnaq, a woman that faintly reminded me of Lisbeth Salander Highly recommended Many thanks to Text Publishing for an ARC. 3.5 Stars rounded up to a 4When a mummified body is found in the crevasse on the edge of an ice sheet, the body is believed to be the rare find of a Viking corpse Journalist Matthew Cave is sent to cover the story He and his photographer are excited to be first on the scene and look forward to breaking such a huge story But the next morning, the mummified corpse is gone and in its place is the body of the police officer guarding the corpse who has been flayed and gutted This is a brutal one folks Matthew soon finds similarities between this case and the case of four men who were found murdered in the same manner i 1973 The Danish Police officer in charge of that investigation went missing assumed to have been murdered but his journal and information on the men and missing girls from the village was left behind Matthew and Jacob are both tragic figures Matthew lost his pregnant wife and unborn daughter in a car accident He suffers horrible nightmares and mourns their loss every day Jacob s father abandoned him and his Mother when he was four years old He has no answers why and has always wondered why his father never came home Both are haunted by the brutality of the murders and their link to missing girls in the village.Matthew soon receives help from a woman named Tupaarnaq who was recently released from prison for serving time for murdering her family she has always claimed to be innocent of the crimes The Character of Tupaarnaq reminded me somewhat of Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with her tough and gritty nature But Tupaarnaq takes it up a notch with her distrust and disdain at men.The time jumps back and forth between the current day and 1973 as both men try to solve the case Which one will solve it At what cost does the truth come Again, this is a brutal book which involves grisly murders, disturbing crimes against children and the search for the truth Plus, those statistics given in the book shudders how one wishes they were not real There is a lot to think about here It had me thinking about the cold and the harshness of the environment and its possible effect on one s mental status Who would commit such murders Who has the skill to flay and gut a man Why Who are the victims Who took the missing girls How are these crimes related, if at all This is a translated book and it may take readers in some places they do not want to go It s dark, gritty and raw This book is also very atmospheric Make no mistake, the land is also a character in this book The Author does a great job as describing the numbing cold, the landscape, the chill, and the characters reaction to the weather and landscape.Not for the faint at heart but well worth it if you have the stomach for it.Thank you to the Author, Text Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


About the Author: Mads Peder Nordbo

Mads Peder Nordbo is Danish but has lived in Nuuk for several years Born in 1970, he hold degrees in Literature, Communications and Philosophy from The University of Southern Denmark and the University of Stockholm Mads has lived in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Greenland He works in communications at the Town Hall in Nuuk, where he amongst other things, writes for the mayor of the municipality,


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