Hello readers! It’s my stop during the blog tours for a new thriller, One Fatal Night by Helene Fermont, organized by damppebbles blog tours. Many thanks to Emma for tour invite and author for providing review copy. Please check out the book details and my review in this post.
One Fatal Night by Helene Fermont
Publication Date : May 19th 2020
Publisher : West Harbour Books
Genre : Mystery / Thriller
Pages : 133
One woman’s quest for revenge unearths a fatal secret from her past.
Astrid Jensen holds one man responsible for her mother’s suicide, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to get close to Daniel Holst and destroy his life – even if it means sleeping with him to gain his trust. Astrid knows he’s not who he pretends to be. But before she can reveal his dark secret, people from her mother’s past start turning up dead, and it looks like she and Daniel are next. In order to survive, she might have to put her trust in the man she has hated for so long.
Daniel Holst has worked hard to climb into Norway’s most elite and glamorous circles, and he’s not about to let any woman bring him down. But when a psychopathic killer starts murdering people from his shadowy past, he discovers that the only person who might be able to save him is the woman who wants to destroy him.
As Astrid digs deeper into her past, she uncovers secrets long buried and realizes everything she once believed is based on lies. What began as a quest to avenge her mother’s death becomes a desperate struggle for survival and leads to the truth about what happened one fatal night ten years ago—and the surprising mastermind behind the most recent murders.
If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Debbie Howells, you’ll love this character driven thriller with a noir edge.
One Fatal Night was intriguing novella that revolved around three characters tangled by one fatal night when a woman was murdered. It was about revenge, deception, crime, troubled past, regrets and guilt, dysfunctional family, domestic abuse and its impact on kids and their mental health.
Writing was straight forward, fast paced that kept me hooked to story from the beginning. It was multiple third person narrative that gave closer look to all characters. Setting of Norway and syndicate crime was interesting. I was surprised to read so much crime in Norway and Nordic countries. Plot was twisted filled with revenge.
Book started with Astrid determined to take revenge of her mother, Ingrid’s death that she believed was suicide until recently. She was sure Daniel and Joel were responsible for her death. Both had left behind the shady past of their lives in Bergen and started new life in Oslo with business that became successful, giving them fame and riches. But they both were secretive about their past, desperate to keep it hidden. The more Astrid dig deeper to uncover Daniel and Joel’s past she realized all was not as she believed and discovered lies and deceptions.
It started in one direction with Astrid’s revenge but soon things changed and there was someone else taking his own revenge killing member of syndicate Daniel and Joel were related to and they were his next target, even Astrid. I was curious to find out who was the killer, why he wanted them dead, and what happened with Astrid mother on that fatal night.
Characters were mysterious and developed. They all made mistakes in life and were unlikable at the beginning but soon my opinion changed along with Astrid. Joel was smart and I liked how he followed his gut instinct and helped his friend, Daniel, even though Astrid’s involvement in his life threatened to topple everything, even their friendship. His past was most horrible. I couldn’t imagine what he might have gone through and how much he struggled to come out of it.
Daniel was great. He looked strong and selfish but in heart he was soft and caring. He was struggling with what happened all those years ago with Ingrid most ever since he and Joel settled in Oslo. I liked how he stayed with Astrid and took care of her once they got to know about the real threat.
Astrid was young, struggling with her mother’s death, tough childhood and growing up with no real family. She was naïve and blind in revenge. But as she uncovered the truth her whole belief shattered. Her reaction was realistic and genuine. I liked how she handled the truth and took all help she got.
I liked the positivity shown through Daniel and Joel’s life the most. The will, determination and human strength can make it possible to come out of horrible family and past and live good life. There were some good twist and turns. Climax was tense. The truth they discovered related to murders and murderer was shocking. The events that unfolded from Climax to end was predictable.
Why 4 stars-
Though twist were good, some events felt too coincidental and implausible. Events between climax and end was movie like, not something I haven’t read or seen before.
Overall, One Fatal Night was quick, intriguing and thrilling read with developed characters and secrets, suspense and drama.
About Hélene Fermont:
Hélene is an Anglo-Swedish fiction author currently residing in her home town of Malmo, Sweden, after relocating back from London after 20 years.
Her thrilling character-driven psychological fiction novels are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.
Hélene is the proud author of four novels – One Fatal Night, Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in comments what you think about this book and my review, if you have read this already or any books by the same author. Have you read a book set in Norway or Nordic Countries?
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