Review-The Night Ferry by Lotte & Søren Hammer

The Night Ferry by Lotte & Søren Hammer
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Crime/Mystery Thriller
  • Pages: 342 Pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Lotte & Søren Hammer
  • Publishing Date: July, 2018
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury India
  • ISBN-10: 1526602040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1526602046


The Night Ferry by Lotte & Søren Hammer is my first Nordic/Scandinavian mystery novel. It’s the fifth book in Konrad Simonsen police procedural tales. Sixteen children and four adults are killed in a devastating boat crash in Copenhagen. Detective Chief Superintendent Simonsen is called in, only to discover that this was no accident and one of the passengers has a very personal connection to the homicide team. But the more he digs, the further the truth slips from his grasp.

It took me some time to finish this one. After reading hundred something pages I was about to DNF it.  At first, I thought that the translation is problematic. But as I read more I realized that the problem lies somewhere else. While reading the book one can easily notice that it is written by two people as their writing style is very different. When a book is written by two authors, it is very important to blend the writing style at some point otherwise the narration falls apart. Throughout the book I waited for that amalgamation but sadly it never happened.

That being said, the story didn’t let me down completely. It’s a descriptive tale and the authors invested a lot of time in developing the characters and plot (that’s what kept me going). I always enjoy those books which inspire me to read more. Before reading The Night Ferry, I was completely unaware of Denmark’s history. There are lots of  interesting information about Yugoslavian Civil War in this book. After finishing the story, I read more about Denmark’s past and its political situation.

Truly speaking, The Night Ferry was an exhausting read for me. I am happy for all of you who enjoyed this book thoroughly- sadly I did not. It was clearly not meant for me. Most likely, I’ll not pick up another Lotte & Søren Hammer book in future.

Rating: 2.5/5

Thank you Bloomsbury India for sending me this book for review.

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