Rosie Reads: Olivier Nilsson-Julien – The Ice Cage

The Ice Cage follows a Londoner called Magnus who returns to Aland in Scandinavia, following his Fathers death. Despite it being 20 years since he last saw his Father, something strikes him as odd and wrong about his Father’s supposedly natural death.

The story is told from Magnus’ point of view, with the odd chapter written in italics, which is clearly being told from somebody else’s point of view. Half way through the book you come to realise that these are the actions and the thoughts of a killer. I really enjoyed that, it’s not something I’ve come across in a book yet so I found it really interesting and it makes you read on to find out whose thoughts these are.

Another brilliant thing about this book is that the way the author describes the island and the ice, combined with the locals who are clearly covering for someone. It makes it feel really claustrophobic and you can’t imagine that there could possibly be a positive ending to the story.

There’s not a dull moment in this book and you’re constantly trying to solve the murder in your head, which makes it very tricky to put down.

This book is currently free for the Kindle, MADNESS! I had always (and wrongly) assumed that free books wouldn’t be this good. I thought they’d be alright and a good stop gap between books, but The Ice Cage has proven me wrong. I’m really looking forward to the second instalment which comes out sometime next year.

I can’t recommend this book enough and seeing as it’s free, you’d be daft not to give it a go.

I give this book a 5/5.