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The Seven Doors

by Agnes Ravatn

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Family Drama Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense Translated Fiction

LoveReading View on The Seven Doors

Foreboding and chilling, this dramatic family tale creeps into your awareness and causes doubt and questions to multiply. When a tenant of a house in Bergan, Norway goes missing, owner and landlord Nina starts her own investigation. This is a novel to read slowly, to allow the words to sink in, so you can appreciate the pattern and movement. Agnes Ravatn (and translator Rose Hedger) have teamed up again after their award winning The Bird Tribunal. They have the ability to create one heck of an unsettling atmosphere, and this isn’t a comfortable read. The characters are flawed, feel so very real, and at times made me wince. Short abrupt sentences, the lack of quotation marks, and a marked jagged boundary between chapters creates a decided edge. Layers of unease built as I questioned everyone and everything, and the ending when it comes feels inevitable and perfect. Blanketed in an ominous sheet of tension, The Seven Doors is an intriguing, compelling and penetrating read. 

Liz Robinson

The Seven Doors Synopsis

When the tenant of a house that university professor Nina owns with her doctor husband goes missing after an uncomfortable visit, Nina starts her own investigation ... with deeply disturbing results. The long-awaited new thriller from the bestselling author of The Bird Tribunal.

University professor Nina is at a turning point. Her work seems increasingly irrelevant, her doctor husband is never home, relations with her difficult daughter are strained, and their beautiful house is scheduled for demolition.

When her daughter decides to move into another house they own, things take a very dark turn. The young woman living there disappears, leaving her son behind, the day after Nina and her daughter pay her a visit.

With few clues, the police enquiry soon grinds to a halt, but Nina has an inexplicable sense of guilt. Unable to rest, she begins her own investigation, but as she pulls on the threads of the case, it seems her discoveries may have very grave consequences for her and her family.

Exquisitely dark and immensely powerful, The Seven Doors is a sophisticated and deeply disturbing psychological thriller from one of Norway's most distinguished voices.

The Seven Doors Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Twists and turns right to the end. I absolutely loved this book. Full review

Nikki Whitmore

A real life Greek tragedy for a professional Norwegian family with a breathtaking conclusion. Full review

Rachel Hall

A single mother disappears in Bergen leaving behind her young son. Nina investigates to find out why, not realising the impact the truth will have on her own family. Full review

Jillian McFrederick

The Seven Doors Press Reviews

This really reminds me of Patricia Highsmith's work, and I can't offer much higher praise than that.

--Philip Ardagh, author, Dreadful Acts

This is Ravatn's first book in this genre, and as a psychological thriller it certainly does the job. In all, a tense and riveting read!

--Barry Forshaw, author, The Man Who Left Too Soon

Intriguing . . . enrapturing.

--Sarah Hilary, author, Someone Else's Skin

An unrelenting atmosphere of doom fails to prepare readers for the surprising resolution that engulfs this flawed pair.

--Publishers Weekly

The Bird Tribunal is a chilly psychological thriller / domestic noir that unfolds in an austere style that perfectly captures the bleakly beautiful landscape of Norway's far north.

--Irish Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781913193386
Publication date: 17/09/2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781913193393
Publication date: 17/07/2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913193386
Publication date: 17th September 2020
Author: Agnes Ravatn
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 276 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense, Translated Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Fiction in translation,

About Agnes Ravatn

Agnes Ravatn (b. 1983) is an author and columnist. She made her literary debut with the novel Week 53 (Veke 53) in 2007. Since then she has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections: Standing still (Stillstand), 2011, Popular reading (Folkelesnad), 2011, and Operation self-discipline (Operasjon sjoldisiplin), 2014. In these works Ravatn shows her unique, witty voice and sharp eye for human fallibility. Her second novel, The Bird Tribunal (Fugletribuanlet), 2013, is a strange and captivating story about shame, guilt and atonement. Ravatn received The cultural radio P2's listener's prize for this novel, a popular and important prize in Norway, in addition to The Youth's Critic's ...

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