TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough.
Another day, another spotlight on a great Orenda Book and another #Orentober book review. The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn translated by Rosie Hedger from Norwegian to English. This tantalizing translated read was published September 2016, available to purchase directly from the Orenda Books online e-store here, and paperback here. Agnes is a new author to me, when I heard that she had a new book out this year, The Seven Doors (you can find my review here), I knew that I needed to read this one first and it is one not to be missed.
When a book promises you tension, shock and an obsessive relationship, I need it and I need it now! The Bird Tribunal is a read that begins when Allis finds a place on an isolated island working for Sigurd, an unusually mysterious man that’s awaiting his wife to return home. Working as a gardener, Allis becomes intrigued by her employer, where he goes when he isn’t home, when his wife will come home and whose roof she is living underneath. As you venture further and further into the story, you’re aware that at the heart of this story is obsession with a psychologically thrilling flare, with a mystery that you’re not quite aware of but as it slowly burns, chapter by chapter, into something that will make you grip the book a little tighter and have you holding your breath a little more through the chapters. Agnes has penned a beautifully lyrical, yet darkly haunting novel written from the first person – Allis, in such a cleverly intoxicating way. The Bird Tribunal is well written and a great read if you have a craving for something obsessive, dark and edgy while being translated superbly by Rosie.
If you haven’t read any of Agnes books already, please do, the writing is beautiful and a perfect psychological thriller for any time, it’s given me a thirst for obsessive thrillers! If The Bird Tribunal tickles your pickle then you should absolutely grab a copy, if you’ve read it already please share your reviews, thoughts etc. Use the hashtag #Orentober if you’ll like.