Book Review for BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen

BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen
Varg Veum Series, Book 20
Orenda Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A slow-burning investigation that carefully unravels a case of a missing girl by unearthing the past.

In Staalesen’s 20th book in the Varg Veum series, the reader is gifted with a story that is about much more than a missing girl and worried loved ones. BIG SISTER takes one investigation down a path which leads to hidden secrets, crimes of the past, and a biker group with veiled actions. The author expertly intertwines the structure how Veum approaches the case with the complexity of the characters and their histories. In many ways, this book is just as much about the people as it is the mystery.

Book Review for BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen

When I started this book, I was instantly pulled into the fact it was a missing girl case. Having Veum’s half-sister whom he just met bring him this job made it even better. Then as the narrative progressed, I came to realize this investigation was just the tip of the iceberg. I will admit there were moments when I thought the story could move a bit quicker. However, my enjoyment of the way Veum was delving into the inquiry kept my reading momentum going.

Having only read one of the author’s previous books, I can now see why so many consider Gunnar Staalesen such a gifted writer. His ability as a wordsmith coupled with the creativity to create such dynamic characters is truly amazing.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office. A woman introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a 19-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn't leave an address. She doesn't answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously.

Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers on the hunt for a group of people whose dark deeds are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal…

Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

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About the Author: Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947.  He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series.  He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over five million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further series is being filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and the Petrona Award, and been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger, lives in Bergen with his wife. 

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Book Details:

Series: Varg Veum Series (Book 20)
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Orenda Books (September 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1912374196
ISBN-13: 978-1912374199

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