#BlogTour – #BookReview of #ThirtyDaysOfDarkness by @JennyLundMadsen @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #RandomThingsTours #NordicNoir

I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for darkly humorous and twisted thriller Thirty Days of Darkness, first book in a brand new series by Jenny Lund Madsen. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read this fabulous book.

About the book:

Copenhagen author Hannah is the darling of the literary community and her novels have achieved massive critical acclaim. But nobody actually reads them, and frustrated by writer’s block, Hannah has the feeling that she’s doing something wrong.

When she expresses her contempt for genre fiction, Hannah is publicly challenged to write a crime novel in thirty days. Scared that she will lose face, she accepts, and her editor sends her to Húsafjöður – a quiet, tight-knit village in Iceland, filled with colourful local characters – for inspiration.

But two days after her arrival, the body of a fisherman’s young son is pulled from the water … and what begins as a search for plot material quickly turns into a messy and dangerous investigation that threatens to uncover secrets that put everything at risk … including Hannah…

Atmospheric, dramatic and full of nerve-jangling twists and turns, Thirty Days of Darkness is a darkly funny, unsettling debut Nordic Noir thriller that marks the start of a breath-taking new series.

About the author:

Jenny Lund Madsen is one of Denmark’s most acclaimed scriptwriters (including the international hits Rita and Follow the Money) and is known as an advocate for better representation for sexual and ethnic minorities in Danish TV and film. She recently made her debut as a playwright with the critically acclaimed Audition (Aarhus Teater) and her debut literary thriller, Thirty Days of Darkness, first in an addictive new series, won the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish Crime Novel of the year and was shortlisted for the coveted Glass Key Award. She lives in Denmark with her young family.

Thirty Days of Darkness is translated by Megan E Turney.

My Review:

Thirty Days of Darkness is the first in a brand new crime thriller series by Danish author Jenny Lund Madsen. Skilfully translated by Megan E Turney, it is a dark, humorous and atmospheric read that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. With a compelling plot, witty dialogue and the kind of twists and turns that kept me reading long into the night, Thirty Days of Darkness is a tense thriller with a dark undercurrent of humour running through it that I loved.

Hannah Krause-Bendix is the author of several critically acclaimed literary fiction novels that have not sold anywhere near as well as Hannah or her publisher would have hoped. So when she expresses her dislike for popular crime fiction in a very public way, she is challenged by a top author to write a bestselling crime fiction novel in thirty days.

This publicly made challenge gains a lot of media attention so her agent encourages her to accept which, reluctantly, she does. So before she knows it she finds herself in the small and isolated Icelandic town of Húsafjöður, attempting to write her first crime novel.

But then, two days after her arrival, the body of a local fisherman’s young son is pulled out of the water and what began as a search for plot ideas turns into something so much more. As the investigation takes a dangerous turn, secrets begin to be revealed that could put everything at risk, including Hannah herself…

What follows is an exciting and fast paced thriller that kept me on my toes throughout. Hannah is a fascinating, multilayered character who had me laughing out loud at some of her antics, but who also had a serious side to her character that became more and more apparent as the story continued.

With a colourful cast of characters and a dark and twisted storyline that had me enthralled from beginning to end, Thirty Days of Darkness is a darkly humorous thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed and I can’t wait to see where Jenny Lund Madsen is going to take the series from here.

Highly recommended.

Thirty Days of Darkness by Jenny Lund Madsen is available to purchase now: 

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