A body lies in the frozen wastes on Svalbard, and slowly becomes part of the landscape, as it is blanketed in snow. It will lie preserved here until spring, when it will then thaw, decay, and feed the animals and the plants until snow falls again.
The climate scientist Njål was married to Sol, a vicar, for a long time. They wanted children, but only had miscarriages. Njål leaves her for Nina, his student at the Center for Climate Change. They have a daughter, Lotta, before their relationship breaks down.
Nina sues Njål for joint custody of Lotta. He left her in the throes of prolonged postpartum depression, while he made Nina sign him as the main custodian. Now, feeling better, she wants Lotta at least half of the time. Njål and Nina both keeps secrets about the dramatic events leading to their breakup, secrets that can harm them both in their pursue of custody.
The couple are also rivals for research credit and a seat in an important climate expedition to Svalbard. Sol watches them, from afar, envious stalking Njål and his child as well as mourning her loss.
Ingebjørg Berg Holm’s “Raging Bear” is an unusual, subdued and subtle thriller. But it is no less suspenseful for that reason.
“Intense psychological thriller (…) The book is well written, the language free of clichés, and the many sensuous descriptions of Bergen (and Svalbard) give the story a pulse and create life in the story. "
Raging Bear is a brave step from an author with a lot of talent. It is well composed, linguistically good.
The author brings her characters to life and makes their thoughts and feelings visible, while we are constantly left with the feeling that she is also hiding something from us.
The author is a good narrator….The drama between the two women and the man unfolds dramatically, and the tension only rises all the way to the book’s final page.
The excitement in this book is mostly on a psychological level… And this threesome community of destiny eventually ends up in Svalbard – in a crescendo of action with blizzard, Arctic cold and polar bears.
“Thrilling, compelling, fast-paced, Raging Bear is an enthralling ride into a land of pure ice, following the deepest human obsessions.”
Anna Leoncino, Editor at Carbonio
“I was really impressed by the upmarket writing and the darkly complex characters. I have the feeling that we’re gonna hear about this tense literary thriller. We’re very glad to welcome Ingebjørg Berg Holm at le cherche midi. It’s always exciting to discover a talented author».
Marie Misandeau, Editor at le Cherche Midi