I am thrilled to be taking part in another blog tour for Flame Tree Press. Although these are new publishers they are fast becoming a favourite of mine with their excellent and unusual taste in books and this one is no exception. Many thanks to them and to RandomThingsTours for having me on this tour.
Blurb: Antarctica. A mining base at the edge of the world.
Anders Nordvelt, last-minute replacement as head of security, has no time to integrate himself into the crew before an act of sabotage threatens the project. He must untangle a complex web of relationships from his position as prime suspect.
Then a body is found in the ice. Systems fail as the long night falls. Now Anders must do more than find a murderer: he must find a way to survive.
Will anyone endure the night shift, or will ice and frozen corpses be all that remains?
My Review: Anyone who reads my reviews and/or knows me personally will know I’m a huge fan of crime fiction so when the email about this book arrived I was intrigued. What crime fan could possibly resist a book with limited suspects, suspicion, tension and impending peril for the characters? Hence why I agree to take part in the tour.
This is definitely a crime story, there is sabotage and murder, but added to that is a layer of sci-fi because this is not just a base on Antarctica, this is a base on Antarctica in the future at some unknown point when the world has changed. There are familiar things mentioned, such as television and the UN, alcohol and books but apart from that the world is different and the reader only finds that out through little snippets of information throughout the story. Those snippets add to the story and the understanding of the characters and of why these people are on Antarctica in the first place.
Anders Nordvelt arrives as a replacement for the previous security officer and he comes on the last transport to the base for six months. After he arrives the sabotage and murder happens so obviously he is viewed as a suspect, after all no one on the base truly knows him. The story is told from Anders perspective, we see what he is thinking, feeling and doing. It’s very cleverly written because having only his perspective makes it almost like the reader becomes him. We see nothing of what the other characters do when Anders is asleep or in a different room from them, all we see is his view and what happens directly to him and everything else is an unknown. I know, this is exactly how we experience our own lives but I think that the isolation and suspicion on the base and the crispness of the writing make it really clear that Anders (and the reader) have absolutely no idea what is going on outside of his experience.
I really enjoyed this book. The basic premise is not new, there are lots of other stories, book and film, with a cast of characters cut off from the outside world and a murder among them. However, what makes this story work and feel fresh is the writing, the very narrow perspective of only Anders view of everything and the ramping up of the tension and peril as the story develops.
As I’ve said I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to discovering more by this author and Flame Tree Press themselves.
About the author:
Writer of speculative fiction and extremely poor cricketer.
#Proofreaderand #SfEP member.
Debut novel NIGHT SHIFT out Nov 2018.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.