Ann, Victor, Helene and Nicolai are four young friends. They like trying things out, but their exploits don't always turn out well. One of the things they should not have done was to lock a classmate in the basement of a ruined riverside factory, where there had once been a nasty accident. Soon after, two of the four youngsters are found dead, and the third has disappeared.
A Fifth Season (En femte årstid) is a psychological thriller which brings the reader close to both victims and perpetrators. It is a crime novel where the reader has the opportunity to follow the investigation of abduction and murder. What happened? Who is guilty?
This is a thought-provoking novel which throws light on how events we cannot control intrude to turn everyday life upside-down. What happens to us and to our relationships with our loved ones? We meet young people driven by lethal forces they don't understand. We meet a father who will do everything to find his daughter. We meet some of the faces of evil.
WINNER OF THE RIVERTON PRIZE FOR BEST NORWEGIAN CRIME NOVEL 2016
'A thriller with an ambitious set-up, masterful in its formulation – rich in perspective, filled with consciously placed leitmotifs and with a suitably complex structure, this is an intense, exciting and psychologically detailed portrayal of the labyrinth that is the human mind.'
'Torkil Damhaug is a crime writer who is unusually assured in his form; I am unaware of any other writer who can invoke the way in which desperation lies in wait in the most everyday situations in quite the way that he does.'
'Torkil Damhaug is back among the best.'
'In terms of style, Damhaug is one of our best, with a playful approach to language – the wide-ranging narrative is characterised by outstanding descriptions of environment and natural dialogue.'
'Extremely cleverly put-together …'
'Damhaug is a fantastic story-teller, who painstakingly unravels his well-composed narrative. Through dialogue, shifts in perspective and a broad spectrum of minor figures, his characters are depicted as a consequence of suppression, conflict and failure. The book is structured as a crime novel, but is also a masterfully constructed study of young people’s environment in the most precariously emotional time of anyone’s life, where anything can happen, for better or (in this case) worse. This book could be described as rural Norwegian crime writing with a high degree of literary ambition.'
'A Fifth Season is a marvellous existential thriller, a nerve-wracking drama to be ranked among the best of Norwegian and international crime.'
'Torkil Damhuag is the true magician of Norwegian crime writers. A Fifth Season shows him at his very best … A stylistically consistent, psychological crime novel, and in the genre in which Damhaug can be considered in a class of his own here in Norway.'
'A Fifth Season is at the same time a crime novel, a psychological thriller, a socially critical novel about industrial conditions and history, a tale about the many roads and detours love can take, about inheritance and environment, and a probe deep into the existential fundaments.'
'In A Fifth Season we meet people who are driven towards something fatally by forces they do not understand. We meet a father that will do anything to find his daughter, and we meet some of the faces of evil.'
'The plot sticks – all the way! This is a psychological thriller, with a turning point in the inner life of the characters. I bow down with admiration, for this writer writes so the birds sing and the dread pours off the pages. I was thrown into the story, incapable of escaping before the last sentence was read. It is intense, well composed and so solidly built that the reader just have to read another page, and another page…'
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