Loner by Hildur Sif Thorarensen: Book Review

Title: Loner

Author: Hildur Sif Thorarensen

Publisher: Antonov Publishing

Publication Date: 30th May 2018

My Rating: 4 stars

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The story kick starts with the murder of young boy being shot dead by an arrow right into his heart. This case goes into the hands of detective Julia and her team including Hercules and Eric. They were also joined by Alexander, a psychiatrist who was being offered a position in Oslo department of Criminal Investigation after his service in the states.

Where, there were no signs of the first killer, the plot twisted with the consecutive murders of three young women in a horrible fashion. So, the point was whether there was only one killer or there were two.

Loner, the title of the book very much gives the initial glimpse of a lunatic killer who must be a recluse or might be possessed with the serious obsession of killing. Well! yes, the book really offers a psychopath completely favouring the title.

Where murders were happening one after another, I was so much glued into the book and I was on the edge to know how the mystery would unfold.


Even though the character of Alexander is very much portrayed alike Sherlock Holmes, it’s amusing to read about him and his actions will surely leave you grinning.

I personally love the character of Eric for his eccentric and entertaining behaviour. And the portrayal of other characters, Julia and Hercules were very much befitting.

The suspense with good portion of humour in the book made it a very enjoyable read.

Well! The book is first in the series of Oslo Mysteries and the second part will soon follow.


Why to read this book

Loner is a crime fiction set in Oslo, Norway and promises a thrilling narrative of serial murders. If you love crime thrillers based on serial killings, then this one is sure for you.


PS: Have you read any Norwegian literature? Please do refer me some.


Have you happened to read this book? or thinking of it lately?

Do share your thoughts in the comments below.




14 thoughts on “Loner by Hildur Sif Thorarensen: Book Review

  1. This seems like a book for me!I adore Sherlock Holmes!I am currently rereading the series!If you say that Alexander resembles you of Sherlock than this is a must read!

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      1. He really is brilliant.I love everything about him.I love the books,both Elementary and Sherlock when it comes to series.I just love Sherlock.

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      1. Not an issue for me. I am very sure it would be made available in every formats- paperback, hardcover etc- by the time I make a decision to transfer them from Amazon cart tomy shelf. 🤗🤗

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  2. Have you tried Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo’s novels with Detective Harry Hole? I also recommend the Swedish author, Henning Mankell (sadly no longer with us), particularly his Kurt Wallander series? All Mankell’s novels are awesome.

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