We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn on the Random Things Tours.
The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn is published by Orenda Books and is available to purchase in digital format. Paperback releases 17th September
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 is a fabulous Scandi psychological thriller.
Nina, a university professor who is becoming disillusioned with her work, Mads, her husband, a Doctor who is away from home a lot, and their daughter Ingeborg find out that their main property and family home is to be demolished. Nina finds out that they own a second property which she thought had been sold years ago. Her grown up daughter Ingeborg would like to live there with her husband and child but it currently has a tenant – a single mother called Mari.
When Nina and Ingeborg go to visit the tenant to give her notice, she then disappears leaving her three-year-old son. Nina and Ingeborg are wracked with guilt over this, wondering whether the forceful way in which they confronted Mari had anything to do with her disappearance. Nina brings it upon herself to try and investigate exactly what happened to Mari, however as she goes deeper into the investigation she discovers there are dangerous consequences for both herself and her family.
This is a fantastically atmospheric and dark book.
It’s stylishly written and enhanced by the bleak Norwegian backdrop.
It’s clever – I didn’t see the twist coming at the end and it was hugely addictive due to the underlying tension that slowly built to the climax of the story.
I love the characters in particular Nina.
I would absolutely love to read The Bird Tribunal – another of the author’s books as this psychological thriller really impressed me.
Agnes Ravatn (b. 1983) is a Norwegian author and columnist. She made her literary début 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 sjøldisiplin), 2014. In these works, Ravatn revealed a unique, witty voice and sharp eye for human fallibility. Her second novel, The Bird Tribunal (Fugletribuanlet), was an international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, winning an English PEN Award, shortlisting for the Dublin Literary Award, a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and a BBC Book at Bedtime. It was also made into a successful play, which premiered in Oslo in 2015. Agnes lives with her family in the Norwegian countryside.