5 Words: Brutal, slow, intense, horrific, blah.
I didn't enjoy this at all to start. I wasn't so keen on the narrator and I wasn't keen at all on Carl. But then we were introduced to Merete and I couldn't put it down.
But my, is it a long listen.
I didn't like Carl and the way he consistently objectified women and belittled them for not falling at his feet. It actually made me feel sick and is absolutely NOT what I want from a main protagonist.
The scenes with Merete were pretty brutal. I listened curled up, my hands in fists, my jaw clenched. They were disturbingly well written.
I liked Assad. He brought some well needed humour - and even a thread of mystery - to the story. Without him it would have been too heavy.