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Brought to you by Penguin.

A stunning new standalone thriller from the author of the best-selling Harry Hole series.

In the far north of Norway a man lives a peaceful existence. However, one day his younger brother, always the more successful and charming of the two, turns up to visit, accompanied by his new wife. It soon turns out that the little brother is not quite as angelic as he seems.

Set in a small town filled with secrets, this compellingly dark thriller from the Sunday Times number one best seller has a plot as explosive and multi-layered as any of the Harry Hole novels. 

Jo Nesbo has sold over 45 million books worldwide.

©2020 Jo Nesbo (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Angus
  • 09-10-20

Nesbo does it again

An unbelievable yet highly believable thriller that only Nesbo could have pulled off. Sean Barret has a 40 a day croaky voice and perhaps took it to 60 Camel a day by the end of the book. Perhaps he caught Covid half way but I tend to think that like me he couldn't put the book down and he read the whole book in one or two sittings thus wounding his larynx! Either way he summed it up very well and this is a Shakespearean Nesbo tragedy that will make you laugh and weep.

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
  • 09-10-20

There is nothing I want to say!

If your reading this you know how good Jo Nesbo can be, don't waste time reading my drivel get started...

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  • Mrs. Fiona A. Tilley
  • 21-09-20

Very vry poor

What is the deal with this book. No story and a very disappointing listen. Waited ages for this and he is just off the reservation completely. Don't waste your time or money folks. A real load of rubbish.

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  • Tommy Two-sheds
  • 16-10-20

Classic Nesbo

I've loved this book. Could hardly stop listening. A story of dark Norwegian winters, murders and a troubled family.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-20

Huge Nesbo fan and I rate this as his best yet

Really surprised to read some of the negative reviews on this. They must have been listening to a different book. Long but fast paced and just a really gripping tale that had me hooked to the end. I thought the ending was just perfect and didn’t see it coming in the classic nesbo way. As always flourless narration from Barrett. Sad when it was over

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  • Rosalind
  • 25-09-20

Hard work.

Having really enjoyed all of Jo Nesbo's books, including his previous stand alone book The Son, I'd looked forward to this one. However, I was really disappointed - unlikeable characters, too much philosophising and a turgid plot. Sean Barrett's narration was flawless as ever, he really is an excellent narrator and I wondered if, like me, he was glad when the book was finished.

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  • Coorie in
  • 19-10-20

Brilliant!

One of the best from Jo Nesbo. Kept me in the edge of my seat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-20

Exciting

The plot was well paced and the development of all the characters was very interesting. Not merely a crime novel , but Nesbo lets the reader into the thoughts behind just a story. He has produced a very worthwhile piece. A troubling theme perhaps, but like all of his main characters in his past works , a presentation of ideas and concepts worth examining. There are no heroes in this novel, but just many flawed people that reflect humanity as it is. Sean Barrett was a pleasure to listen to. His timing and delivery helped the book along

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  • Miss C L Atcheson
  • 08-10-20

Not my favourite Nesbo but still worth the listen.

I’m a massive Jo Nesbo fan and this is probably my least favourite book. However, it’s still good! Great characterisation, even tho I found the majority of characters horrible. Paints an amazing picture of the town. The revelations in this story arnt as dramatic as previous books and one of them I saw coming. I don’t think I’d listen again, which is a first for me with Nesbo but I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. Sean Barrett in top form as always!

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  • JUDY BOOTH
  • 02-10-20

loved it

was disappointed with Macbeth but this is back to the traditional Jo nesbo. kept me enthralled till the end

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  • caroline
  • 06-10-20

Love it or hate it

Without doubt the Kingdom is beautifully written and crafted , together with Sean Barrett made it a 5 star listen. Did I like the book? No. DId I listen to it in 2 days or whenever I had the chance? Yes, Did I like the characters? No.Did I like the setting, bleak and cold? not particularly, do I care about Service stations, not in the slightest, or characters as cold and bleak as the setting, and yet.... It seems to me Jo Nesbo is asking his readers to really step out their comfort zone and partake in a journey which is not particularly pleasant but one you want to go on anyway. I know for certain I wouldn't like to do it again, and hope it's never made into a Scandi TV series, as it will be as bleak and cold as the book and of course I will watch it. The story unfolds and draws you in, whether you want to or not. Of course, give up 5 chapters in and return it, or keep listening and before you realise it, Karl, Roy and Shannon become an addictive listen. Because you have to know what will happen and when you finally find out, wish you hadn't. Give the kingdom a go, then watch the TV series DES with David Tennant for some light relief!!

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