Book Review: Restless by Tina Trovik

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Title: Restless (Hvilelös, original title)
Author: Tina Trovik
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Publication date: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 220
Format: Hardback, sent for honest review
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Mystery


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(translated from Norwegian to English by me)
"What about those who exist between the living and dead?"


On her way to school, Emma notices a boy hanging around outside the metro. It turns out that none of Emma's friends can see him, only she can. Alex is a ghost. He doesn't remember who he is or how he got here. There is only a raw memory of something that went really, really wrong. Emma starts investigating, and soon it shows that there's more to the mystery ghost than she thought.

This book was sent to me for review by the author, but it will in no way affect my opinion of this book.

I rarely read Norwegian books. Why? I like English better because it's usually the language the books are originally written in. English books translated to Norwegian is just not my thing, and I don't particularly like to read in Norwegian either, which is why I was afraid I'd end up giving this book a bad rating. Let's just say I was wrong and that I will never think badly of a Norwegian book again (not that I ever have).

If there is one thing I know, it's that 15-year old me would have absolutely loved this book. That doesn't mean that 18-year old me didn't, it's just that I would have enjoyed the book more if it was published when I was younger. It sent me kind off back in time, to when I first got into reading and started to read paranormal/horror books. I really liked that.

At the beginning, something felt off. I couldn't get into it. At first I thought the was the writing, but it was really just the book itself. I got this "childish" impression (which is a great thing) and I couldn't shake it off until I dove further into the book. I'm used to read thick books with a lot of information, so it ended up being an easy easy read for me.

As I got halfway through the book, I got hooked. The story itself was just so fascinating, and Emma's stubbornness grew on me. She turned out to be this rather amazing character and I liked how independent she was, even though I do wish someone would do something with that mother of hers. All in all, Emma was a great character and I'm so glad I didn't end up hating her. I really wish I got to know her and Alex a lot better. I really liked their chemistry, at some points they actually reminded me of Sherlock & Watson. A perfect match.

All in all, this was a captivating book. There is some great characters we get to stumble over, the storyline is magnificent and I just love the whole concept. The reason I'm not giving this book a full star review is because of the ending. I felt that is was rushed and I wish there had been a little more mystery at the end. Everything just happened so fast, you barely had time to think twice and make up your own ideas which is something I enjoy doing while ready mystery novels.