From Amazon: 1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle. Fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake. Then comes a knock at the door. It's a man, the flash of a revolver's butt at his hip, and a mean glare in his eyes. Sig has never seen him before but Wolff claims to have unfinished business with his father...
Revolver is fascinating, original and very hard to put down. It tells the story of a boy, a gun and a day when everything is forever changed.
Fifteen-year-old Sig and father Einar are the main protagonists, with Einar's story taking place in 1899/1900, and Sig's in 1910. I really enjoyed the journey of both characters, and couldn't wait to see how it all played out. Wolff is a horrible man whose mind is clouded by greed and revenge, and who can't see past his own obsessions. The fear he instills in Sig and his sister Anna resonates through every page, and I was surprised at how brave and resilient Sig turns out to be. He thinks only of his family, and is willing to do anything to protect them.
The lengths people will go to for money, or in this case, gold, astound me. Is wealth really worth dying over? This is a question Sig is faced with, and it brings with it a decision that could ruin his life, and the lives of those around him. I loved the conclusion to Sig's story, and think he ultimately made the right decision. The choice of whether to use a revolver or not isn't something that should be taken lightly, and I'm glad it was met with some trepidation.
Brilliantly written characters, vivid locations and a deep and powerful story make Revolver a book not to be missed. It might be a quick read, but it's one that you won't forget in a hurry, and it's one that I'll be revisiting in the future. Highly recommended.