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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 didn’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.


This is one of those series which I think you can easily become addicted to. Although this is the first book in the Varg Veum series that I have read, and I was slightly wary just in case there was anything I had missed in the previous books, I didn’t have any problems in getting into the story and I enjoyed getting to know Varg for the first time. It is a book that can easily be read as a standalone and I raced through it.

In the latest book in this series, Varg is surprised when his half-sister, (who he has never met) Norma turns up at his offices asking for his help. Varg is a private investigator and Norma asks him to investigate the disappearance of her goddaughter, Emma who no one has been able to get hold of and it appears that for the time being the police are willing to do very little. Varg’s investigations uncover some dark truths in Emma’s family and there is more than one unsavoury character linked to them.

That’s all you’re getting about the plot. But needless to say there are some dark and emotional twists and turns. What I found interesting about the book was how strands of Norma and Emma’s past family history weaved together as Varg attempted to find out the truth as to what has happened to her. You get the sense of a dark undertone, and I found myself hoping that Emma’s disappearance wasn’t going to be connected to what Varg was learning the truth about.

With an addictive plot, believable and relatable characters, this is a novel which I highly recommend. Thank you to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review and to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 30th April 2018

Print length: 276 pages

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