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When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’. In response, police investigator Holger Munch is immediately charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Krüger – a brilliant but troubled detec When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’. In response, police investigator Holger Munch is immediately charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Krüger – a brilliant but troubled detective – who has retreated to a solitary island with plans to kill herself. Reviewing the file, Mia finds something new – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. She knows that this is only the beginning. To save other children from the same fate, she must find a way to cast aside her own demons and stop this murderer from becoming a serial killer.


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When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’. In response, police investigator Holger Munch is immediately charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Krüger – a brilliant but troubled detec When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around her neck. It reads ‘I’m travelling alone’. In response, police investigator Holger Munch is immediately charged with assembling a special homicide unit. But to complete the team, he must track down his former partner, Mia Krüger – a brilliant but troubled detective – who has retreated to a solitary island with plans to kill herself. Reviewing the file, Mia finds something new – a thin line carved into the dead girl’s fingernail: the number 1. She knows that this is only the beginning. To save other children from the same fate, she must find a way to cast aside her own demons and stop this murderer from becoming a serial killer.

30 review for I'm Travelling Alone:

  1. 4 out of 5

    Crumb

    A First-Class Thriller! This was unexpected. A complete surprise. If I wasn’t participating in the Popsugar challenge, I never would have read this gem of a novel. I had to pick a ‘nordic noir’ book to read and after contacting the author and asking if this qualified as ‘nordic noir’ I was ready to go, although admittedly, a little skeptical. I had decided from the get go that this genre wouldn’t be for me.. Oh how wrong was I! Thank you, thank you Popsugar Gods for bringing this novel AND genre A First-Class Thriller! This was unexpected. A complete surprise. If I wasn’t participating in the Popsugar challenge, I never would have read this gem of a novel. I had to pick a ‘nordic noir’ book to read and after contacting the author and asking if this qualified as ‘nordic noir’ I was ready to go, although admittedly, a little skeptical. I had decided from the get go that this genre wouldn’t be for me.. Oh how wrong was I! Thank you, thank you Popsugar Gods for bringing this novel AND genre into my life! I am forever grateful to thee.. If you like books full of daisies and unicorns, this book is NOT for you. However, if you like slow-burning, dark, grisly thrillers, than you need to buy this book ASAP. I’m not usually one for a slow-burn, but the way this author made every single piece of the puzzle fall into place was nothing short of genius. At first I didn’t know where this book was going.. I was pretty confused. However, the reward for sticking with this book, is too great to pass on. Everything came together in a way that was completely unexpected. I really don’t want to give away anything. It's better to just go in without knowing too many details.. So just READ THE BOOK! Buddy read To read our thoughts on this book, Click Here Popsugar Challenge: Nordic Noir

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I’m Traveling Alone is a fantastic Scandi Nordic crime fiction debut. Holger Munch, head of the recently re-established Oslo special crime unit, travels to a remote island in Northern Norway to find his former partner and his best detective, Mia Kruger. He shows her the case file of a gruesome killing of a 6 year old girl and convinces her reluctantly to join him in tracking down the killer. A dark, violent thriller with many plot lines, the book is smart with many likable characters. Holger and I’m Traveling Alone is a fantastic Scandi Nordic crime fiction debut. Holger Munch, head of the recently re-established Oslo special crime unit, travels to a remote island in Northern Norway to find his former partner and his best detective, Mia Kruger. He shows her the case file of a gruesome killing of a 6 year old girl and convinces her reluctantly to join him in tracking down the killer. A dark, violent thriller with many plot lines, the book is smart with many likable characters. Holger and Mia are a great team. Both have other issues going on which adds to multiple plot twists. Gabriel Mork, computer geek and hacker, is hired and brings a fresh face to the crime scene. There is a lot going on in this book with plenty of details which is my kind of thriller. Interesting is that the author, Samuel Bjork, is a pen name. He is actually a Norwegian novelist, playwright, and singer/songwriter named Frode Sander Øien. The novel is the first in a new series. #2 has been translated and is waiting on my Kindle. This is definitely one of the better Scandi Nordic series out there and I am looking forward to continuing on. 4.5 out of 5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beata

    A little disappointment .. The idea of a two-strong team investigating is a pattern which authors often emply. One is experienced, with some problems, the other is young, with traumatic past and some exceptional gifts. I accept such presentation, however, not all books deliver .. Probably it was just me, but despite the idea behind the mystery was intriguing, I was tired of Munch & Kruger at some point .. The description of the series was entincing and I wanted to start with Book 1, unfortunatel A little disappointment .. The idea of a two-strong team investigating is a pattern which authors often emply. One is experienced, with some problems, the other is young, with traumatic past and some exceptional gifts. I accept such presentation, however, not all books deliver .. Probably it was just me, but despite the idea behind the mystery was intriguing, I was tired of Munch & Kruger at some point .. The description of the series was entincing and I wanted to start with Book 1, unfortunately, I was tempeted to buy Book 2 as well at the same time, in consequence, I have another offering by Mr Bjork to read. I hope it will turn out much more engaging ..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I’ve been drowning in a sea of “meh” books lately. Don’t know whether it’s because I’ve chosen badly or a virulent case of the winter blahs but the last few just couldn’t hold my attention due to interminable detail and/or MC’s I found irritating (I’m convinced if they studied my genetic make-up they’d discover hummingbird DNA due to my nonexistent attention span). Hallelujah, the streak is over. Set in Norway, the story follows the members of a special police unit that was disbanded after their I’ve been drowning in a sea of “meh” books lately. Don’t know whether it’s because I’ve chosen badly or a virulent case of the winter blahs but the last few just couldn’t hold my attention due to interminable detail and/or MC’s I found irritating (I’m convinced if they studied my genetic make-up they’d discover hummingbird DNA due to my nonexistent attention span). Hallelujah, the streak is over. Set in Norway, the story follows the members of a special police unit that was disbanded after their last case went horribly wrong. But when someone starts snatching 6 year old girls, the powers that be quickly realize their best hope lies in reassembling the group of elite investigators. Yep, the band’s getting back together. Individually, they are all misfits……2 seasoned detectives, a lawyer, a thug & a hacker. It’s not an original idea but what sets these characters apart is how clearly defined & well developed they are. The author has invested just as much time breathing life into the protagonists as he has in creating a scary, complex mystery. It begins with several seemingly unconnected story lines unfolding. As we get to know the characters, each subplot develops until they gradually intersect & the big picture comes into focus. And it’s nasty. At this point, it becomes a full on thriller with plenty of dead ends & misdirection to keep you on your toes. The last 100 pages will have you flipping the pages as all the pieces click into place for a literal race to the finish. So if you’re looking for a smart & engrossing suspense story give this a try, particularly if you’re a fan of Arne Dahl. Just as an aside, kudos to the translator. Descriptive passages & dialogue flow smoothly with none of the awkward/stilted phrasing sometimes found when books are translated for the North American market.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I saw this Scandinavian thriller a number of years ago whilst killing time at an airport....... the title ‘I’m Travelling Alone’ intrigued me. I got the book almost straight away but only now decided to read it. A six-year-old girl is found in the countryside, hanging from a tree. Around her neck is a sign that says "I'm traveling alone." Holger Munch is asked to put a special homicide team together. His first task sees him travelling to a remote island to persuade his previous partner, detectiv I saw this Scandinavian thriller a number of years ago whilst killing time at an airport....... the title ‘I’m Travelling Alone’ intrigued me. I got the book almost straight away but only now decided to read it. A six-year-old girl is found in the countryside, hanging from a tree. Around her neck is a sign that says "I'm traveling alone." Holger Munch is asked to put a special homicide team together. His first task sees him travelling to a remote island to persuade his previous partner, detective Mia Kruger, to join the team. When Mia is convinced that this could be the start of more deaths she returns to Oslo to help track down the killer. This section seemed too far fetched to me, but I’m glad I pushed through it, as I loved the rest of the book. A brilliant fast paced thriller with fantastic characters and plot. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    I love Scandinavian crime fiction, so I was hoping this one would be a winner. Unfortunately, I probably hyped myself up a bit for it because it was just ok. The novel focuses on police officers Mia Kruger and Holger Munch who are reunited to find a killer targeting little girls. Mia has an interesting past and is struggling with an addiction to alcohol and pills. The initial prologue and first chapter grabbed me, as a victim is found almost immediately. However, from then on things slowed down. I love Scandinavian crime fiction, so I was hoping this one would be a winner. Unfortunately, I probably hyped myself up a bit for it because it was just ok. The novel focuses on police officers Mia Kruger and Holger Munch who are reunited to find a killer targeting little girls. Mia has an interesting past and is struggling with an addiction to alcohol and pills. The initial prologue and first chapter grabbed me, as a victim is found almost immediately. However, from then on things slowed down. The characters were well developed, though I found some of Mia's deductions a little unbelievable; she just seemed to know things without having any evidence for them. There were a lot of excessive descriptions, conversations and other stories given. This slowed down the pace of the novel, and at times I was tempted not to finish it. However, there were twists and red herrings which did keep me reading to the end; I just skimmed over the excessive stuff! A lot of people have given this one great reviews. I'd recommend giving it a go to see for yourself. Maybe I just need to work on my patience with descriptive writing?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Odette Brethouwer

    This was a good thriller. But, in my eyes, not spectacular or much better than other thrillers I've read. So, 3*. I wonder why so many people give this book such high ratings, I wonder what makes it so special for them.. This was a good thriller. But, in my eyes, not spectacular or much better than other thrillers I've read. So, 3*. I wonder why so many people give this book such high ratings, I wonder what makes it so special for them..

  8. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I honestly think that Norwegian crime novels are the best. I just love reading/listening to crime books set in Norway and now I have one more favorite series. I'm Traveling Alone is the first book in the Holger Much & Mia Kruger series. I listened to the Swedish version of the book and I was hooked. The case with the dead children is both eerie and sad. And both the main characters made a great impression on me, Holger who has not recovered from his divorce 10 years previously and Mia who dreams I honestly think that Norwegian crime novels are the best. I just love reading/listening to crime books set in Norway and now I have one more favorite series. I'm Traveling Alone is the first book in the Holger Much & Mia Kruger series. I listened to the Swedish version of the book and I was hooked. The case with the dead children is both eerie and sad. And both the main characters made a great impression on me, Holger who has not recovered from his divorce 10 years previously and Mia who dreams of reuniting with her dead sister. She actually planned on doing it at the beginning of the book, but Holger came to her in the very last minute. So, this case is a respite for her before she ends it all... I recommend this book warmly!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a debut thriller by Samuel Bjork and I was not too surprised to find out that this is a pen name for Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Oien. This is such an assured and confident novel, that I would have been amazed had it been the first book this author had written. Although I love reading many types of books, my ultimate favourite reads are crime books and, as it is currently the most popular genre fiction, it seems I have a lot of company. However, this This is a debut thriller by Samuel Bjork and I was not too surprised to find out that this is a pen name for Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Oien. This is such an assured and confident novel, that I would have been amazed had it been the first book this author had written. Although I love reading many types of books, my ultimate favourite reads are crime books and, as it is currently the most popular genre fiction, it seems I have a lot of company. However, this novel demonstrates why Nordic Noir is still so popular, and this ticks many of the boxes we have come to expect from Scandinavian crime fiction– flawed characters, gritty storylines and quite a lot of violence… When we meet our two main detectives, the unit they worked for has already been closed down due to a previous incident, in which Mia Kruger killed the man who sold drugs which killed her sister. She is currently hiding out on an isolated island, drinking too much and contemplating her planned suicide. Her former boss, Holger Munch, has been reassigned from Oslo to a smaller community and is depressed and lonely. He has still not recovered from his divorce, several years earlier, his daughter is distant, his mother in a care home and the only bright spot in his life is his six year old granddaughter. What brings the team back together is a crime which shocks the country. The body of a six year old girl, dressed as though to begin school, is found hanging from a tree – a sign given to children flying alone around her neck. Holger is dispatched to ask Mia to help him investigate the crime and, after looking at the file, she is convinced this is just the first in a series of murders. Before long, she is proved right, as another little girl is found murdered. The reassigned team investigating the crimes, includes one new member, Gabriel Mork, a computer specialist. However, all of the characters in this fast moving book are fleshed out to be believable and sympathetic. The storyline involves many different strands and viewpoints; from journalists forced to confront the reality of a story to religious sects, child neglect and mental illness. I have no wish to give away the plot of this excellent novel – suffice it to say that if you enjoy crime books and do not mind a certain level of violence, then you will find this immensely interesting, with lots of plot twists and surprises and characters you will care about. Personally, I hope that Munch and Mia return very soon and look forward to reading more novels involving them, and their team, soon.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    I’m drawn to read Nordic books..... Having enjoyed Swedish crime authors, Henning Manvell, Stieg Larson, and Jo Nesbo, ( and a couple of great reviews from *Paula* and *Crumb*), I was excited when my Library Overdrive had the audiobook copy to download. The ebook wasn’t even available. But no problem....... The Audiobook is read by Laura Paton. GREAT AUDIO-READER!!! The experts are ‘right’..... Comparing Samuel Bjork to Steig Larsson- and Joe Nesbo is a great fair comparison. Mixing two great detec I’m drawn to read Nordic books..... Having enjoyed Swedish crime authors, Henning Manvell, Stieg Larson, and Jo Nesbo, ( and a couple of great reviews from *Paula* and *Crumb*), I was excited when my Library Overdrive had the audiobook copy to download. The ebook wasn’t even available. But no problem....... The Audiobook is read by Laura Paton. GREAT AUDIO-READER!!! The experts are ‘right’..... Comparing Samuel Bjork to Steig Larsson- and Joe Nesbo is a great fair comparison. Mixing two great detectives…one who is suicidal, - Mia Kruger- the other who is obese - Holger Munch- together like oil and vinegar- makes for a great dressing to toss over the ‘main-meal-hearty- dinner-salad’ ( something we eat a lot of in our house).... The yummy salad ingredients are: Its ’s a strong-debut’ with enough quirks & tension about each of the characters themselves to be interesting - Adding more needed ingredients to make this meal enjoyable are: fresh storytelling-suspense procedurals - great detective work from the main and supporting character - murders of children without exaggerated gory graphics, ( yet we are curiously fascinated with their doll clothes -pill that had them not suffer - and the girls note of “I’m Traveling Alone” airline tag) - a brilliant hacker: Gabriel Mork - religious- cult corruption - drug addicts -mental illness - sinister plot twists and nothing is as it seems- and the enchanting environment of the Norwegian Forest...... This is another Sizzling- Spritzy-Spiffy-Scandinavian-crime novel. I’m in: for the sequel.... “The Owl Always Hunts at Night”. 4.5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    I am somewhat at odds and unsure how to rate this. For the first 23% of it, I was close to giving up. It felt like a long line of people were being introduced, but the plot wasn't going anywhere. Being the first in a new series, there is certainly a benefit to providing plenty of background to your main characters, and by the end, I have to admit, you really felt you had a solid understanding of who Mia Krüger and Holger Munch were. But in addition to the main characters', there were also copiou I am somewhat at odds and unsure how to rate this. For the first 23% of it, I was close to giving up. It felt like a long line of people were being introduced, but the plot wasn't going anywhere. Being the first in a new series, there is certainly a benefit to providing plenty of background to your main characters, and by the end, I have to admit, you really felt you had a solid understanding of who Mia Krüger and Holger Munch were. But in addition to the main characters', there were also copious other perspectives and plotlines that kept switching with each short chapter. It wasn't confusing, but it just stopped me from getting fully involved and I kept putting the book down after a chapter or two and then resuming it for a bit again. I also found the writing style a bit stilted at times, and the frequent repetition of everybody's first and second names became tedious. Quite possibly, this is all a very personal thing, and if you have more patience than me and enjoy Scandinavian crime fiction, then you will most likely love this. Because, the more I read, the more I enjoyed it and amazingly, all the different strands come together quite effortlessly in the last part, and you end up with a thorough police procedural that felt authentic. You also end up rooting for the entire investigative team because it was full of interesting and diverse characters. The ending was rushed though and I still had questions unanswered, mainly relating to the Christian sect. I think I would give the second book a try once it's available in English because the author succeeded in creating a very complex, intriguing and original story and I liked the investigative team. Definitely worth reading, but be patient. I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf

    4 STARS. ⁣ As you guys know, Scandinavian crime fiction is one of my all time favorite sub genres 🕵🏼‍♀️🖤 I have been looking forward to reading this book for SO LONG now and I am so happy to say that I really enjoyed it 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ What I really loved about this book was how fleshed out the characters were. I truly loved the detectives in this book both as individuals and as a duo. I was attached to one of the main protagonists, Mia, right from the beginning and she was easily my favorite character. One 4 STARS. ⁣ As you guys know, Scandinavian crime fiction is one of my all time favorite sub genres 🕵🏼‍♀️🖤 I have been looking forward to reading this book for SO LONG now and I am so happy to say that I really enjoyed it 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ What I really loved about this book was how fleshed out the characters were. I truly loved the detectives in this book both as individuals and as a duo. I was attached to one of the main protagonists, Mia, right from the beginning and she was easily my favorite character. One of the main things I love so much about Scandinavian crime novels is that they always have such incredible build up, which is exactly how this book was. This book did a fantastic job at both building up the characters and the plot, making it an incredibly complex and suspenseful read 👌🏼⁣ ⁣ The main issue I had with this book was that, to me, the ending wasn’t satisfying. I feel like there was A LOT missing from the ending and I was left with so many questions unanswered. While the ending was definitely intense and gripping, it just didn’t have that wow factor that I was hoping for.⁣ ⁣ TRIGGERS: Substance Abuse, Child Abuse, Suicide, Animal Death⁣ ⁣ Overall, I would definitely recommend this one to you guys! While this book deals with dark and heavy material, it’s not as gory in comparison to other Scandinavian crime novels so it would be a great one to start out with 🖤🔎⁣

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Setting: Norway. This is the first outing for a new Scandi-detective series featuring Holger Munch and his former partner Mia Kruger. After Mia got herself into trouble for shooting a drug dealer (whose actions had killed her sister), she bought an cottage on an isolated island off the Norwegian coast and has gone there intending to kill herself on the anniversary of her sister's death. But after a 6 year old girl is found hanging from a tree dressed in a school uniform and with the sign 'I'm Tr Setting: Norway. This is the first outing for a new Scandi-detective series featuring Holger Munch and his former partner Mia Kruger. After Mia got herself into trouble for shooting a drug dealer (whose actions had killed her sister), she bought an cottage on an isolated island off the Norwegian coast and has gone there intending to kill herself on the anniversary of her sister's death. But after a 6 year old girl is found hanging from a tree dressed in a school uniform and with the sign 'I'm Travelling Alone' around her neck, Holger realises that he needs Mia's exceptional detective talents. Having persuaded her to return to work, even Mia's talents cannot stop a mounting death toll of pre-school girls. Holger's attentions are also diverted by his daughter's impending wedding and his elderly mother, living in a care home, who seems to have found God at a church run by the dodgy Pastor Martin and is intending to leave all her money to them. The investigation seems to be going nowhere and the murderer always seems to be one step ahead of the police all the time until the riproaring conclusion brings the whole case to a dramatic end. I'm a great lover of Scandi-crime, especially Camilla Lackberg and Jo Nesbo, but this first novel in translation by Samuel Bjork is right up there with the characters, storyline and totally gripping tension - I felt I was living the events with Munch and Kruger, particularly towards the end when I was almost having to force myself to breathe. Really glad that I already have the second book waiting on the shelf! - 9.5/10.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Canadian Reader

    Four six-year-old girls are murdered in succession. They are found dressed in old-fashioned clothing made to match that of dolls, and they carry satchels with school texts that don’t belong to them. Each has a Roman numeral scratched on a fingernail—according to the order in which the killings occurred. All have apparently died painlessly, with no evidence of a struggle, from an overdose of an anesthetic agent, and all are found wearing cards around their necks which announce: “I’m traveling alo Four six-year-old girls are murdered in succession. They are found dressed in old-fashioned clothing made to match that of dolls, and they carry satchels with school texts that don’t belong to them. Each has a Roman numeral scratched on a fingernail—according to the order in which the killings occurred. All have apparently died painlessly, with no evidence of a struggle, from an overdose of an anesthetic agent, and all are found wearing cards around their necks which announce: “I’m traveling alone.” Holger Munch, a Norwegian detective, who carries the same last name as the painter famous for The Scream, is sent to a remote location to convince his former colleague, Mia Kruger, to return to policing. Her remarkable observational skills and intuition are sorely needed to solve the case. Mia had gone into seclusion after shooting the addict boyfriend of her dead twin sister, Sigrid—the man who’d introduced her to the heroin she’d overdosed on. Having now lost all members of her immediate family and having recently experienced a psychological breakdown, Mia feels unbearably alone. She has been intending to join her dead sister by using booze and psychoactive drugs in combination. Munch doesn’t know it, but by traveling to the remote island where Mia lives in order to convince his respected colleague to join the investigation into the killing of the girls, he is actually saving her life. Soon the two discover that the current case is linked to one from six years back, in which an infant was stolen from a maternity ward. The case is also mysteriously connected with the activities of an apocalyptic sect, known as The Church of Methuselah, run by the elderly, charismatic Pastor Simon, with the assistance of his 27-year-old acolyte, Lukas. Bjork creates a twisty-turny plot, with a large number of characters, most of whom come with interesting backstories. The pacing is good, and the almost 400-page book reads more quickly than might be expected. Having said that, I was ultimately a little disappointed with what was revealed about the personal history and motivations of the serial killer. I wish the psychology (or psychopathy) of the perpetrator had been more nuanced and credible. In spite of this, however, I still found the book fairly engrossing and a diversion from my usual reading—which has lately been less than thrilling and far from rapid. Thanks to my Goodreads friend, Richard, for his solid recommendation of something quite different from my typical fare.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Joyce

    A four star includes-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink read!! First, let me thank my reading buddy, Crumb, for suggesting this book to me as a buddy read for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. Had it not been for that, I probably would have never stumbled across this one. Written by Norwegian author, Samuel Bjork, I’m Traveling Alone is one creepy thriller. Detectives Mia Kruger and Holger Munch team up to track down a killer preying on young girls. Mia and Holger are night and day from one another, A four star includes-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink read!! First, let me thank my reading buddy, Crumb, for suggesting this book to me as a buddy read for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. Had it not been for that, I probably would have never stumbled across this one. Written by Norwegian author, Samuel Bjork, I’m Traveling Alone is one creepy thriller. Detectives Mia Kruger and Holger Munch team up to track down a killer preying on young girls. Mia and Holger are night and day from one another, but their partnership is fantastic. The dynamic between them is one that comes across as real and genuine and comfortable, and it works really well in this novel. And yes—it includes everything but the kitchen sink! There is a LOT going on in this book. There is murder. There is kidnapping. There are cryptic clues. There is personal drama. There is a religious community. There are lots of characters. So grab a pen and paper, it might help to take notes! Because of this, it began as a three star read for me as I felt there was just SO much going on, it started to get a bit tangled up. BUT, about half way through, it takes off and the back half of this book is awesome. The author does an excellent job pulling all of it together and connecting the dots. The pace really quickens, and I felt so anxious and nervous the last several chapters. I was honestly amazed how everything came together, and there were several twists that really surprised me. If you enjoy detective novels, I definitely recommend giving this one a shot. There is a book #2 in this series, so I am glad to see the author has continued writing about Kruger and Munch. They make a great team!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    My final book of 2015 was this beauty! As some of you may know, I'm a huge Scandi/Nordic crime fiction book lover, so of course I was excited when I read the premise of Bjork's book. What a book to end my reading year on! If I had read this before my top ten books post, I'm pretty sure this would have made the list! Maybe I might do a post about my favourite Scandi crime books in the new year! I'm Travelling Alone is a superb thriller. I was unsure when I started it, because it introduced a whole My final book of 2015 was this beauty! As some of you may know, I'm a huge Scandi/Nordic crime fiction book lover, so of course I was excited when I read the premise of Bjork's book. What a book to end my reading year on! If I had read this before my top ten books post, I'm pretty sure this would have made the list! Maybe I might do a post about my favourite Scandi crime books in the new year! I'm Travelling Alone is a superb thriller. I was unsure when I started it, because it introduced a whole heap of characters and all were seemingly unrelated. Boy was I wrong!!! The intricacies built into the characters and their varying relationships was so well done that at times I was super confused as to who knew whom and from where! Holger Munch and Mia Krüger are both brilliant leads. Both (as with most police officers) have their own issues, but this instantly displays their vulnerability and I warmed to them both equally and quickly. I don't want to give too much away as regards the plot, but it's safe to say that the killer in ITA is delusional and deranged to say very least. My favourite parts of the book were the moments in the interim of the investigation. Quick asides, and hurried phone calls all hold some tiny piece of information for you to try and piece together the puzzle of the killer. I'm normally pretty good at figuring out the perpetrator, but to be honest, I couldn't figure this one until maybe a couple of chapters before the big reveal!!! It was frustrating, but in a good way. Happy Reading!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not big on crime novels, or thrillers, or mysteries, or really any of the other genres I've seen this book shelved under. That being said, this one caught my eye one day at the bookstore, and after a few days of internal turmoil (buy it??? really buy it??? something by a new author??? what if it sucks??? I have commitment issues when it comes to new authors) I got the audiobook version on Audible & plowed through it. So keep in mind that this review is c Well, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not big on crime novels, or thrillers, or mysteries, or really any of the other genres I've seen this book shelved under. That being said, this one caught my eye one day at the bookstore, and after a few days of internal turmoil (buy it??? really buy it??? something by a new author??? what if it sucks??? I have commitment issues when it comes to new authors) I got the audiobook version on Audible & plowed through it. So keep in mind that this review is coming from someone who barely ever crosses over into the crime/thriller genre. Some things I liked: 1) The genuine friendship between Mia & Holger. I was afraid things would get romantic between them at first, but no! They were just genuine friends, and I liked that. 2) The reasoning behind the murders. Interesting & innovative. 3) Sections of the story really flew by once you got the meat of the story, especially towards the middle of the novel. 4) Gabriel. He was probably the best-developed member of the police team, and I'd like to see more of him in the sequel(s). Some things I didn't: 1) The beginning, where we learned all of Mia's backstory, was a bit slow. Doable, but slow. A few other places dragged as well. 2) Bjork's writing style is VERY repetitive and tedious at times. Over and over and OVER different characters repeated the same lines: "You weren't supposed to do that to children," "You weren't allowed to treat children like that," etc. Just once is enough. I don't need it hammered into my skull. It was also cliche-ridden: "pitch-black," "mountain of a molehill," "cold as ice," "spread like wildfire," etc. I don't know how much of this was due to poor translation, and how much was just Bjork's own writing style, but I felt like the whole novel would have been strengthened if a solid 25% had been cut out. 3) Mia's weird way of figuring crimes out (generally only while drunk) seemed unrealistic. 4) The church aspect of the story mostly bored me. I'm not sure there's anything new or interesting that can be said about religious cults in a crime novel; if there is, you won't find it in this book. The story did not ever really shock me too much, but the writing & plot did pick up (and slow down, and pick up, and slow down) often enough to keep me interested. If Norwegian crime thrillers are your thing, you might like this one. I might read the second one, but I'll probably get it from the library. Low 3/5.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ursula Uriarte

    5 solid stars for I'm Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjørk - . I'm Traveling Alone is Bjørk's US debut and it is brilliantly crafted. We start with the discovery of a gruesome crime, a girl found hung from a tree with a tag around her neck that read "I'm Traveling Alone" it is then when the head of the Violent Crimes Department in Oslo, Holger Munch, goes looking for Mia Kruger, a former member of his team who was always considered to be the best in her field. Mia Kruger is absolutely fascinating, a 5 solid stars for I'm Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjørk - . I'm Traveling Alone is Bjørk's US debut and it is brilliantly crafted. We start with the discovery of a gruesome crime, a girl found hung from a tree with a tag around her neck that read "I'm Traveling Alone" it is then when the head of the Violent Crimes Department in Oslo, Holger Munch, goes looking for Mia Kruger, a former member of his team who was always considered to be the best in her field. Mia Kruger is absolutely fascinating, a brilliant woman with a sixth sense but also with a troubled past, a past that drove her out of Oslo and into isolation in Hytta a town in the North of Norway. - The details of the crime are enough to peek Mia Krüger's interest and she joins the force again for this one case. The story in itself is interesting enough specially when Mia sheds light on what she thinks this crime means and the urgency of solving it, but then Bjørk masterfully creates a web of lies and secrets that ultimately drive the motif for the crime. Running against the clock the team has no time to look at every detail yet every detail was skillfully plotted by the killer and them figuring out what it all means will be the difference between life and death of more than one. Tick tock... who is next? - This was my first read for the year and what a read it was...Bjørk's follow up "The Owl Always Hunts at Night" will be hitting shelves this June.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is Frode Sander Oien’s first novel under the pen name Bjork, but the Norwegian novelist, playwright, and singer/songwriter has considerable writing experience. Here we have Norwegian Noir—detectives Holger Munch and Mia Kruger with personal issues; a dark, twisting plot; multiple characters and multiple POVs. So, if you enjoy complicated psychological thrillers—this one is for you. Recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I received a copy of this novel from Crimezone.nl / Hebban.nl in exchange for an honest review. this is according all the advertisements in the Dutch press the next Jo Nesbo and based upon this novel I dare to disagree. The story starts when dead children have been found with a notice around their necks that says "I travel alone". the leading investigator starts the book with looking up his female partner [in a police partner sense], she has become rather suicidal after a shooting accident in whic I received a copy of this novel from Crimezone.nl / Hebban.nl in exchange for an honest review. this is according all the advertisements in the Dutch press the next Jo Nesbo and based upon this novel I dare to disagree. The story starts when dead children have been found with a notice around their necks that says "I travel alone". the leading investigator starts the book with looking up his female partner [in a police partner sense], she has become rather suicidal after a shooting accident in which she, righteously by the way, shot the man responsible for her sisters death. This Munch fellow and the murders kinda reawaken life into Mia's life and she returns to the police squad in order to solve these horrible murders and before they know the case has become a lot more personal. A book with many characters that get their attention and does manage to pull that off without too much of an effort, even if it means that you are bound to read the unavoidable sequel, which will not to be much of a burden based upon this book. Short chapters that keep up the speed of the story and the twists do keep you guessing up till the end. That said, I found the ending somewhat of a wet blanket after a brilliant tale that gets us there. And yet I would still tell people to pick it up and enjoy the book as it is not as dark as Nesbo's tales, a lot lighter actually but quite a nice read. Well worth your time and a very good advertisement for the next installment. So English readers well worth an effort after its release near the summer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    4.5* rounded to 5*. Dear Reader, If you're looking for a totally enthralling, intriguing and captivating story,then look no further than this book. Faced with the deaths of two six year old children,Munch,Kruger and their team are faced with a most devious serial killer. Found hanging from trees,with a satchel of schoolbooks,dressed in doll's clothes,these children pose a riddle to the masterminds in the Violent Crimes Unit. Munch,dealing with his own personal problems has to juggle the pressuring 4.5* rounded to 5*. Dear Reader, If you're looking for a totally enthralling, intriguing and captivating story,then look no further than this book. Faced with the deaths of two six year old children,Munch,Kruger and their team are faced with a most devious serial killer. Found hanging from trees,with a satchel of schoolbooks,dressed in doll's clothes,these children pose a riddle to the masterminds in the Violent Crimes Unit. Munch,dealing with his own personal problems has to juggle the pressuring demands of this case with the possibility of more young girls being killed. What,if any is the connection to the church established in the woods and why has Munch's mother decided to leave all her money to said church? This was a fantastic story,one that captured my attention and refused to release me from its power until story's end. A fast paced,thrilling,entertaining and most satisfying read,one peppered with red herrings and misdirections,I recommend this one to all crime lovers avid trust you will love it as much as I did!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Silvanna

    I gave up on this after 140 pages. Frankly, I couldn't get into the story. I gave up on this after 140 pages. Frankly, I couldn't get into the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lo O'Neill

    In my office the majority of my team are book lovers and we have serious problems with getting rid of books so we decided that the only way that we could get around our partners telling us off for our book hoarding was to create a book swap shelf in work. From that shelf this is my first read and I gotta say, I was excited. First things first, all the accolades on the back of this book are true! At the start of this novel, the author introduces us to a lot of different characters within a short In my office the majority of my team are book lovers and we have serious problems with getting rid of books so we decided that the only way that we could get around our partners telling us off for our book hoarding was to create a book swap shelf in work. From that shelf this is my first read and I gotta say, I was excited. First things first, all the accolades on the back of this book are true! At the start of this novel, the author introduces us to a lot of different characters within a short period of time – some of them even with similar names – which I could see how this could be very off putting for some people, especially because they are introduced in such a way that you do think that you are going to have to keep track of them throughout the story. Additionally, the different groups of characters don’t actually come together until very close to the end of the story, so there are times where it feels like there may be a little too much going on at once. There were times when reading this that I did struggle with the language used around trans peoples, however, I will put this down to the fact that the book is translated from another language and that some things do get a little lost in translation as it did not feel like there was malice in the language used. I’m Travelling Alone has two lead characters, Holger Munch and Mia Krüger, who are both brilliant protagonists and at no point does it feel like one of their personalities is shining brighter than the other. Which is something I have found to be quite rare, normally we would see one of the two break away and take on a more leading role but not here. Also when reflecting on the book I realised that I had warmed to both of these characters pretty much straight away without even realising that I was being won over! The twist and turns of this book kept me hooked from page one right through to final chapter. Even at the points where I was sure that I knew what the conclusion would be, there would always be a niggle of doubt that it could be another route that the story would take. Originally, I had said that this was a four star read but thinking a little further on I have decided to give 3 stars for I’m Travelling Alone. A gripping thriller that made me so mad when I had to go back to work at my lunch breaks, but it isn’t perfect. I won’t re-read this one over and over again but I am very excited to read other stories in the Holger Munch and Mia Krüger series! A very solid read. *****Original Review***** All of the accolades on the back of this book are true! It is tense, thrilling, compelling and I cannot wait to read the next one! A perfect 4 Star thriller in time for Halloween. A full review to come when I manage to get my thoughts together!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Southern

    10/85, 4 stars **** This book is over 500 pages long and is classed as a 'Nordic noir' crime thriller - 2 traits that normally put me right off a book! I've read Larsson and Nesbo and, yes, both are very good but both are also, in my opinion, guilty of going on and on and on, leading me to 'drift off' and get bored ;) As a result and wrongly so, I know, I tend to lump all this type of thriller together and avoid them all unless I'm in the right mood to tackle one of them! This book however, total 10/85, 4 stars **** This book is over 500 pages long and is classed as a 'Nordic noir' crime thriller - 2 traits that normally put me right off a book! I've read Larsson and Nesbo and, yes, both are very good but both are also, in my opinion, guilty of going on and on and on, leading me to 'drift off' and get bored ;) As a result and wrongly so, I know, I tend to lump all this type of thriller together and avoid them all unless I'm in the right mood to tackle one of them! This book however, totally kicked the trend and was absolutely brill! Over 500 pages, and a debut as well, it was fast and sharp and believable and an absolutely tense page-turner with no 'waffle' whatsoever!!! I would have given it 5 stars, but I do try to reserve the 5th star for those few books that are total brilliance ;) If you haven't read Bjork yet, then go do so as you won't be disappointed - I'm now off to download number 2 in the series! :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rowena Hoseason

    This atmospheric debut novel is far smarter and more subtle than its slightly clumsy cover title and marketing blurb suggest. I almost left it on the shelf – put off by the suggestion of a serial killer preying on kiddies on international air-flights. But I gave it the benefit of the doubt and was rewarded with a well-plotted, mature and intelligent thriller. ITA introduces a police investigative team with the emphasis on the lead duo. This pair shares many similarities with Saga and Martin from This atmospheric debut novel is far smarter and more subtle than its slightly clumsy cover title and marketing blurb suggest. I almost left it on the shelf – put off by the suggestion of a serial killer preying on kiddies on international air-flights. But I gave it the benefit of the doubt and was rewarded with a well-plotted, mature and intelligent thriller. ITA introduces a police investigative team with the emphasis on the lead duo. This pair shares many similarities with Saga and Martin from The Bridge: a savant-style female lead, brilliant but vulnerable and slightly out of step with society, paired with (in ITA) her mentor, a worldly-wise, feet firmly on the floor male detective. The dead body found in the woods pulls both of them back from the brink of obscurity and isolation, and entangles them in a complex and thought-provoking investigation. The bit-players are also interestingly drawn, from the protective teenage boy living in the backwoods, who takes care of his neglected younger brother, to the high-tech/hacker who is seconded to the task force without knowing exactly what he’s getting involved in. The short chapters switch perspectives between half a dozen concurrent plotlines, a tactic which can be used to artificially enhance an otherwise unremarkable story. In this instance it ratchets up the intrigue while keeping all the key players on the move, gradually drawing the disparate elements together. The writing and translation are rather more ‘plain’ than ‘poetic’, but it’s far from superficial. The author contrasts the bleak hinterland of rural Norway with the thrum of the city, and deftly uses the plot to explore the darker side of the human psyche. ITA examines the loss of a loved one and the destructive tendencies this can unleash – ranging from murder to conspiracy to suicide. The way that different characters react to similar experiences forms the skeleton of the story, over which the author skilfully drapes the more obvious plot of the police procedural. (There's more thoughts on plot and character over at http://www.murdermayhemandmore.net ) Enjoyable on many levels, then. I look forward to reading the next thriller from this author. 8/10

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Mia might just be my favourite detective! This book is fast moving and gripping. It includes psychological problems, coming to grips with depression and professional failure, a cult, child neglect and a mass murderer. He book is packed with twists! It's a riveting Nordic Noir and I absolutely loved it! the book was at times quite fast-paced, at times quite slow and detailed in the insight it provided into the characters' lives. The reader gets to know the characters' inner lives intimately, such Mia might just be my favourite detective! This book is fast moving and gripping. It includes psychological problems, coming to grips with depression and professional failure, a cult, child neglect and a mass murderer. He book is packed with twists! It's a riveting Nordic Noir and I absolutely loved it! the book was at times quite fast-paced, at times quite slow and detailed in the insight it provided into the characters' lives. The reader gets to know the characters' inner lives intimately, such as when Mia grapples with her alcoholism and thoughts of suicide. It becomes clear that the murders of the girls become personal for the Kruger & Munch team. Other members of the Munch family get involved in the case when someone tries to scam them out of their inheritance. A kidnapping in the family drives everyone involved to the brink and Mia ends up in grave danger.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    4.5* I Travel Alone is a compelling thriller that makes you wanna read and read and read without stopping. It was written in short chapters, each with different characters. But even though there were so many characters, they were still well written, and didn't lack character development at all. Because of the short chapters it's very easy to read. The story was great too; those dark murders, Mia (the depressed detective), the Christian 'cult', and the boys in the forest... Only downside was that it 4.5* I Travel Alone is a compelling thriller that makes you wanna read and read and read without stopping. It was written in short chapters, each with different characters. But even though there were so many characters, they were still well written, and didn't lack character development at all. Because of the short chapters it's very easy to read. The story was great too; those dark murders, Mia (the depressed detective), the Christian 'cult', and the boys in the forest... Only downside was that it was a little bit predictable at one point. Not who did it, but what was about to happen (if you've read it you probably know what I mean). Overall very exciting to read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Crime by the Book

    TEARS down my face because of the ending of this book. So fantastic!!! This is such a strong novel. Rich, complex plot, well-developed characters, super compelling and suspenseful case. LOVE this read!! Full review to come on crimebythebook.com - highly recommend this one!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vilma

    Loved this book. Fast paced, compelling and addictive. A great thriller.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin (from Long Island, NY)

    (4.5 rounded up!) & i totally recommend the audio!!

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