La sera del suo settantacinquesimo compleanno, Jenny Brodal riprende a bere dopo decenni di sobrietà. Sua figlia Siri, in un disperato tentativo di ricucire i rapporti con lei – da sempre funestati dalla morte del fratellino di quattro anni – le ha organizzato una festa nel giardino della grande casa di famiglia, in un paesino costiero norvegese, festa a cui Jenny rifiuta di presenziare. Ma i problemi famigliari di Siri vanno ben al di là del doloroso legame con la madre. Suo marito Jon, romanziere in crisi d’ispirazione, finge di scrivere il libro conclusivo di una trilogia, mentre in realtà occupa il tempo intrecciando squallide relazioni con altre donne. La loro figlia maggiore è ribelle e violenta, si fa espellere da scuola. Ma il vero dramma sopraggiunge quando la baby-sitter assunta per occuparsi della minore durante l’estate scompare misteriosamente proprio la sera della festa. A questo punto il romanzo acquista la suspense di un thriller psicologico: con la scomparsa della ragazza dallo scialle rosso il malessere che sempre più insidia la vita famigliare di Siri e Jon esplode definitivamente.
- ISBN: 8823504627
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 378
3.5 There is something that really captured my interest in this story and I am not quite sure what that was. The prose is unsentimental, almost detached and the characters were all multi-layered and complex. There was as much going on under the surface as there was in the face they presented to each Leggi tutto
Mystery and threat and gothic, haunting imagery mixed with quotidian life in a slightly foreign/slightly familiar environment. A momentum that had me racing through the story and yet I didn't read it as fast as I might have: several times I put the book down to let things reverberate (it was too goo Leggi tutto
Nordic Noir can be pretty tough slogging but it is usually leavened by the mystery. This is Nordic Noir without the mystery. Which means it is just a tough slog. I am not of the school that believes I have to "relate" to the characters in a novel nor am I the least put off if I can't "identify" with Leggi tutto
Why do we read? Why do I read? It's a question I ask myself over and over again while reading. What makes a book the end-all, be-all for me? Sometimes my sister and I have a conversation where we bond intensely over things. She says a line that rings so true with me (and why would it not? We have a s Leggi tutto
Me gusta como escribe pero la historia en sí no ha llegado a captar mi interés. Podría haber metido veinte páginas más y tener al menos un final decente y tampoco... 2/5
A fantastic read! I was absolutely mesmerized by Linn Ullmann's thriller about a dysfunctional family and how they each react to the murder of 19-year old Milla, a summer nanny for Jon Dreyer and his wife, Siri. This novel delves deeply into the marriage and the painful betrayals (on the part of Jo
I just finished The Cold Song and I really don’t know what to say about it. This book was intense and it made me feel tense while reading it. From the goodreads description we know that Milla the nanny disappears and is killed, but I was expecting the plot to lead up that happening. This is not the Leggi tutto
This is a very odd book. It's not really a murder mystery, although there is a murder, and there is a hunt for a body. From almost the beginning, the whodunnit question has already been answered. The rest of the book is devoted to the circumstances surrounding the event and is told (again and again) Leggi tutto
This novel wins first prize for the lamest book ending, to me, this year. Parts of the story were very insightful, especially the parts about the disturbing reality of young girls and the woes of a dysfunctional marriage. But much of the prose was just okay. Maybe it was simply due to a flawed trans Leggi tutto
Easy to read inspite of its sad and gloomy story about not beeing able to talk about the difficult things and therefore lying to cover yourself and avoid the hard stuff.
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