Read The Exception on holiday, when it matters less if you can't sleep. It's a murder
mystery, full of mental and physical cruelty. And it's a roman à thèse about
evil, which is what will really keep you awake. It reminded me of
the novels of Patricia Highsmith, and even more of Lionel Shriver's
We Need to Talk About Kevin. … such a horribly vivid and
fiendishly clever novel.
Christian Jungersen provides an excellent example of what we find
admirable in Scandinavian crime writers. His second novel, The
Exception, is concerned with ideas about the meaning, causes
and implications of human cruelty. It won the Danish Golden Laurels
prize (the equivalent of the Booker) and has been a bestseller across
… The need to find out comes to have a real
urgency, more compelling than the synthetic suspense of the serial-killer thriller.
The solution to the mystery seems both surprising
and inevitable, as it should be in the best crime fiction. The Exception is
an interesting novel with quite unexpected pace and a great deal to tell us
about the psychological games we play with other people and with ourselves.
The translation is so smooth and the translator so
unobtrusive that it becomes hard to remember this novel was not written in
Times Literary Supplement
Because its theme is office politics, this original and brilliantly
constructed thriller will appeal to readers who normally steer clear
of murder mysteries.
Christian Jungersen has come up with a novel that confronts evil
on a less obvious level than that which crops up in many books. It
is a psychological evil, which turns friend against friend and forces
the characters to question everything they thought they knew about
The Exception is a page-turning novel … a book
that will linger in the mind long after the last page has been turned.
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