Review of “Blood Ran Cold” by Sten Ostberg



Nothing is what it seems …

Karl and Marte Vollan live in an isolated farmhouse in rural Norway.

It seems like paradise until suddenly it becomes a living nightmare.

During the dead of winter Karl tries to drive heavily pregnant Marte to hospital. But before he can get his car out of the thick snow and off their land they are attacked by a hooded figure. The stranger is holding a hatchet … and it is covered in dark blood.

Karl desperately tries to get them both away, but their attacker overpowers them. He escorts them back to their home, locks the doors and cuts the phone lines.

Suddenly Karl realises knows who he is.

He knows he was committed to a mental institution.

He knows he has broken out of prison.

And he knows he is a convicted murder.

But does the attacker recognise Karl? Does he realise Karl is a retired policeman?

As Marte’s labour pains get increasing worse, Karl becomes more and more desperate. There must be a way out.

Why has the attacker targeted their farmhouse?

Was it just a coincidence or is he here to kill them?

Karl will do anything to save the lives of Marte and their unborn child.

But how far will he have to go?

And how long will it be before blood runs cold …?



I don’t even know where to begin. That gif pretty much sums up the way I must have looked the entire time I was reading this.

I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book since I had never read anything by this author and it’s a translated version so I was a bit wary of certain messages getting lost in translation. Let me just say that the translator did a fantastic job!

I came across this book on Netgalley and it really piqued my interest. I gave it a shot and I’m so glad I did! This is exactly the type of thriller that I crave for! I only wish it had been longer since it is only about 80 pages or so.

The reader is not slowly eased into the story. Not in the least bit. The moment you begin reading this short story you are immediately thrust head first into every person’s worst nightmare!

I cannot imagine anything more terrifying than being alone with your extremely pregnant wife who is ready to pop at any second in a secluded farm where there’s a raging snowstorm outside and a total madman wielding a hatchet.

Blood Ran Cold is very fast-paced. It’s the type of heart-pounding book that is impossible to put down and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I especially enjoyed the way that it played out like a movie in my mind.

I found it to be very well-written and it kept my interest the entire time. I recommend it to those of you who are searching for a short story that will completely blow your mind!

Final verdict: 5 stars!

Special thanks to the publisher for letting me read this book through Netgalley!!

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