Book Review: The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

29501521Allis a former television presenter finds herself as a housekeeper for Bagge, a moody secretive man living in a forest near a fjord. He tells her his wife will be away for sometime and he needs her to took after the garden and house for him. Allis has her own shameful secrets that weigh her down as she gets to grips with her new position, home and employer.

So begins this incredibly tense thriller set in Norway and the tension does not let up at all. This is a beautifully written and translated book that hooked me from the first page. I was desperate to know the secrets that Bagge was keeping from Allis. Where was his wife? Why was he so moody? Why did he only speak in mono syllables when he did speak?

The setting of the house in a forest on the edge of the fjord is perfect and becomes another character in this moody atmospheric story.

It’s only a short book and so I thought I would whizz through it, but I had to take a breather every now and then as the tension was just too much. Perfect for lovers of psychological thrillers.

Thank you so much to TripFiction for my paperback copy which definitely added to my reading experience


17 thoughts on “Book Review: The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

  1. Jenn Willis says:

    Ohhh. Adding this to my Kindle. I’ve been trying to branch out and read a few more translated books. I loved “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series, but I haven’t read much translated writing since. Thanks for the great review!

  2. lifeincharente says:

    This book looks interesting and I will be following you though commenting may be slow!! Charente.

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