The Cold Song

The Cold Song

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Some years after the disappearance of a young woman, three boys uncover her body during a treasure hunt out in the woods of Norway. THE COLD SONG centers itself on the individual lives of a small family and the murder of this woman, their babysitter, Milla. In life, Milla's relationship with the family is constructed by the many details that come to implicate each character in her murder, implications that haunt them all once her body is found. Milla, whom no one thought much of, seemed to set everything and everyone in motion, and after the crime against her is brought to light, a lingering unease continues to eat away at those who desired her, those who searched for her, those who killed her, those who tried to forget her, those who mourned her, those who found her, and those who turned their backs on her, alike"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Other Press,, [2014]
©2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781590516676
Characteristics: 328 pages ills. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Haveland, Barbara - Translator
Summary: "Some years after the disappearance of a young woman, three boys uncover her body during a treasure hunt out in the woods of Norway. THE COLD SONG centers itself on the individual lives of a small family and the murder of this woman, their babysitter, Milla. In life, Milla's relationship with the family is constructed by the many details that come to implicate each character in her murder, implications that haunt them all once her body is found. Milla, whom no one thought much of, seemed to set everything and everyone in motion, and after the crime against her is brought to light, a lingering unease continues to eat away at those who desired her, those who searched for her, those who killed her, those who tried to forget her, those who mourned her, those who found her, and those who turned their backs on her, alike"-- Provided by publisher.

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Smac11
Apr 12, 2018

Be forewarned there is no real ending to this book. I did enjoy the book, but the ending was a big let down.

manoush Feb 14, 2015

A promising set-up for a novel but unfortunately not a well-executed book. There's lots of meandering description without any special insights, so the writing becomes repetitive and directionless. The interior states of the characters are rendered very well, especially Jon the writer who's severely blocked. But the whole just doesn't come together. The premise of the disappeared nanny ends up being a tease. All this novel does is portray a marriage in trouble and the ghosts cast by the past on the present, but without rendering these familiar themes in a fresh light or in noteworthy prose. A forgettable novel.

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