AUTHOR: SOFI OKSANEN • CATEGORY: MYSTERY • PAGES: 306
NOTE- I received my copy of Norma from the good people at Allen & Unwin in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy please click here.
When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood – and the moods of those around her – moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother’s funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life.
Setting out to reconstruct Anita’s final months – sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files – Norma begins to realise that her mother knew more about her hair’s powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma’s imagining.
You know when you read a synopsis and you kind of have an idea of where the book will take you before you even start? This was not one of those books. For the life of me I was not expecting black market hair trading, surrogacy farms and abduction.
Norma has this magical hair but this is not a magical tale. This is a dark book and
a lot all of the characters are well and truly fecked. Essentially it is about the Mafia and the Mafia are in hair trade. This isn’t light hearted, fairytale fluffy, rather, brutal and twisted. Women are abducted and forced into surrogacy farms, or killed. Norma finds herself in a very dangerous situation, especially considering her magical hair.
At the books conclusion I wanted to scream at Norma to run. Change your identity, go off the grid, just get the hell out of that situation. I think beyond the ending the book provided Norma probably ends up being killed. Just my opinion, but I can’t see her living out her years in peace.
This wasn’t a bad book by any means but it wasn’t what I was expecting either. Maybe if I had looked at some reviews prior to reading I would have know what I was in for but I always prefer to go into a book without any preconceived notions drawn from other peoples points of view. It will definitely keep you turning the page to find out what happens that’s for sure.
Oh and side note the cover is amazing!
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ 3.5/5 teacups
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Happy reading x