Book Review: Only One Life by Sara Blædel

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Only One Life by Sara Blædel is a fic­tional mys­tery book set in Den­mark. This is the sec­ond book trans­lated into Eng­lish in the series fea­tur­ing Detec­tive Louise Rick.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— use the Raf­fle­copter form at the end of the post to enter.

  • 352 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Pega­sus; Tra edition
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605983500

Book Review Only One Life by Sara Blaedel

My rat­ing for Only One Life4

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Thoughts:
Only One Life by Sara Blædel (web­site | Face­book | @sarablaedel) lives up to the pre­vi­ous novel, Call Me Princess, which I read about a year ago and enjoyed as well. The book is excit­ing and the char­ac­ters are well writ­ten and con­tinue to build up and expand from the pre­vi­ous book (even though I under­stand that there are more untrans­lated books).

The book touches on some rel­e­vant top­ics, such as honor killing, social intol­er­ance and sex­ual based crimes. The author explores these sub­jects, and more, with­out forc­ing her own moral­ity or ide­ol­ogy down the read­ers’ throats, which is a big plus for me. I love to read about dif­fer­ent cul­tures and ideas, but I dis­like absolutes. Ms. Blædel stays away from giv­ing advice but sup­ply­ing plenty of mate­r­ial to think about dur­ing and after reading.

There are sev­eral things I like about Ms. Blædel’s work, the social aspect and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion come imme­di­ately to mind. The author writes about a con­scious soci­ety, while not per­fect it cer­tainly isn’t the dog-eat-dog world which we read about in other books. I also like the char­ac­ter of Louise Rick, not a clas­sic hero nor is she an anti-hero, just a sim­ple work­ing pro­fes­sional who makes mis­takes, gets emo­tional, some­times frus­trated with her jobs, col­leagues and her friends.
Basi­cally, a human being.

Only One Life is an intel­li­gent mys­tery, with a mur­der as a device to tell a story about peo­ple while bring­ing up some impor­tant ques­tions. The book is solid, well trans­lated and read­able which is an amaz­ing feat due to the heavy sub­jects it tries to deal with.

Related Reads:
Call Me Princess by Sara Blædel

So tell me, do you like books with social commentary?

Syn­op­sis:
When a young girl is found in a watery grave of Hol­braek Fjord , Inspec­tor Louise Rick is called due to her expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and tact­ful­ness with immi­grants. The dead girl, as it turned out, is Samra, who lived in a new coun­try, while her par­ents enforced old tra­di­tions. Samra’s mother main­tains that she did noth­ing to “deserve” an honor killing, but Inspec­tor Rick can detect that there is more than meets the eye.

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Give­away

  • Give­away ends: July 25, 2012

  • US/Canada Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

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Zohar — Man of la Book Dis­claimer: I got this book for free. BOOK BLOGGERS — Have you read Only One Life? If so link up your review below:

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