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Katrina's Reviews

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø knows how to write a good mystery. His reputation as the master of Norwegian crime is upheld in this standalone novel about the reunion of two brothers. What I enjoyed about this book is that each character has a unique weakness—what the Greeks would call hamartia—that defines their fate. While older brother Roy is responsible yet unsociable, younger, more personable Carl is reckless in a way that is both heartrending and endearing. Despite the brothers’ determination to create a promising future for themselves and their town, their flaws and murky past render their dreams all but impossible. The tension is palpable, with secrets and lies in this tale that is both clever and dark. — K.L.

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By Jo Nesbo, Robert Ferguson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780525655411
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Published: Knopf - November 10th, 2020

The New Me by Halle Butler

Butler’s protagonist resolves to follow through with exercise regimes she finds in women's lifestyle magazines, clean her room regularly, and purchase the "right" clothing online. But she can’t seem to shower before work. In addition to a great character study, this is a critique of late-stage capitalism and the culture of self-improvement (think inspirational Instagrams). - Katrina

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ISBN: 9780143133605
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

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