Sandstone Press

Ordeal Book Blog Tour

Ordeal is the fifth title in the William Wisting series.

We had an overwhelming response from crime reviewers who wanted to participate in the blog tour! Be sure to follow #Ordeal on Twitter for all the buzz! Check out the full blog tour schedule here. Also, you can read Ordeal on Amazon Kindle for only 99p! Buy it here.


Day 1: Crime Watch: 'It took Hammer three hours to find a taxi driver who remembered driving Aron Heisel. The first two he had spoken to did not recollect either passenger or trip, but the third recognised him from the photograph and told Hammer that he had driven him two nights in a row.'

Read the full extract from Ordeal here.

Day 2: Grab This Book: 'Beautifully told, engaging and a damn fine crime story which does not need to resort to extreme over-the-top action sequences to keep the reader’s attention.'

Read the review of Ordeal here.

Day 3: My Reading Corner: 'Lier Horst has delivered a masterclass in ingenious plot construction and this is intelligent crime fiction which leaves you pondering...I saw more than enough here to tell me that Lier Horst and the admirable William Wisting will be making a repeat appearance on my reading list.'

Read the review of Ordeal here.

Day 4: Crime Pieces: 'Lier Horst’s books are always an excellent mix of police procedural and character study which give them a special place in Scandinavian crime fiction. The town of Larvik is the perfect setting for Lier Horst’s plots: mixing provincial attitudes alongside encroaching twenty-first century problems of increased drugs and violent crime.'

Read the full review of Ordeal here.

Day 5: Liz Loves Books: 'The mystery element is expertly done, Ordeal is light on action, heavy on authenticity, a quietly addictive read that keeps you turning those pages. I have a fondness for crime fiction with real soul, coming from writers that know how to engage and hold attention as the author did here, Ordeal is very much its own thing and that was the draw for me.'

Read the full review of Ordeal here.

Day 6: Book Lover Worm: 'Twice she drove past the imposing white house and on the third lap stopped in the street outside.

The stately villa with its half-hip roof was located behind a white picket fence, and a privet hedge fringed by ancient trees with sprawling branches. Lattice windows revealed nothing but interior darkness. Larger than she remembered, it was really far too big for her. Nineteen years had passed since she promised herself never to return. Now she was about to move in.'

Read the full extract from Ordeal here.

Day 7: Being Anne: 'The Scandinavian approach to writing crime novels is becoming increasingly popular. However, the reason for the genre’s popularity is a great mystery.'

Read the full guest blog from Jorn Lier Horst here.

Day 8: From First Page to Last: 'When, almost fifteen years ago, I had in mind to create a new, Scandinavian crime hero, I was very conscious of what he should be like. I was tired of reading about detectives who singlehandedly solved murder cases while dead drunk, waking up in the mornings with three-day-old designer stubble and a whisky bottle at the ready on the bedside table.'

Read the full guest blog from Jorn Lier Horst here.

Day 9: Day Dreamer Thoughts: 'I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the English translated versions of these books and hoping more books get translated in the meantime. So if you love gritty detective novels that keep you guessing – and hence, on your toes – then you should definitely give this book a go!'

Read the full review of Ordeal here.

Day 10: Live and Deadly: 'What Ordeal shows is that Wisting is very much a man of conscience and morals – someone who is determined to do the right thing, both personally and professionally... a pleasure to read, the characters and situations are completely believable and I would not hesitate to recommend it.'

Read the full review of Ordeal here.