One woman’s quest for revenge unearths a fatal secret from her past.
Astrid Jensen holds one man responsible for her mother’s suicide, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to get close to Daniel Holst and destroy his life – even if it means sleeping with him to gain his trust. Astrid knows he’s not who he pretends to be. But before she can reveal his dark secret, people from her mother’s past start turning up dead, and it looks like she and Daniel are next. In order to survive, she might have to put her trust in the man she has hated for so long.
Daniel Holst has worked hard to climb into Norway’s most elite and glamorous circles, and he’s not about to let any woman bring him down. But when a psychopathic killer starts murdering people from his shadowy past, he discovers that the only person who might be able to save him is the woman who wants to destroy him.
As Astrid digs deeper into her past, she uncovers secrets long buried and realizes everything she once believed is based on lies. What began as a quest to avenge her mother’s death becomes a desperate struggle for survival and leads to the truth about what happened one fatal night ten years ago—and the surprising mastermind behind the most recent murders.
When the past leaks into the present you know there is bound to be the potential for trouble and Fermont didn’t hang around as she let us know that was exactly was about to unfold.
Astrid, out to avenge her mother, Daniel her boss the target, set them on a trajectory that contained a whole barrel load of surprises. Fermont emphasised Astrid’s femininity, as she reeled Daniel in, yet did so in a way that wasn’t overtly stereotypical, giving her determination and intelligence, a reason for her actions.
Daniel himself, self made, a history in the darker side of business. Fermont made us dislike him, question his motives, before a deft switch, a different side, and towards the end you liked him just that little bit more.
Characters from their pasts appeared as the story unfolded, the layers sometimes complex. Fermont didn’t shy away from brutality and violence yet injected personal emotion as Astrid came to terms with her family connections both good and bad.
One thing this novel wasn’t was slow, the action never ending, the revelations quick and unending.
And that’s is what made it such a great read, in fact one you could devour in a single sitting. It may leave you a little fatigued by the end but you knew you’d been on a good ride, and enjoyed every moment.
I would like to thank Helene Fermont for a copy of One Fatal Night to read and review and to Books On The Bright Side for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogspot.
About the author
Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour.
Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the autumn of 2019.
After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity.
Enjoying a career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her day job, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy.