The Christmas Mystery


The Christmas Mystery.

Jostein Gaarder

Pages: 247

Rating: 2/5xmas my


From Amazon:

“Fifty years ago a girl disappeared from her home in Norway. She ran after a lamb and found herself travelling right across Europe to Palestine, and back through 2000 years to meet the Holy Family in Bethlehem. There she met angels, shepherds, wise men and other biblical characters who joined her on her pilgrimage; and she heard of many of the things that happened in the world in the last 2000 years.

In present-day Norway, a boy acquires a strange old Advent calendar. Hidden in each of the windows is a tiny piece of paper. Little by little these pieces unfold the girl’s story and as we learn what happened to her, another story is revealed – that of the strange old man who made the calendar.”


When I found this book in a local charity shop I was super excited to read it. The cover was silver and shiny with an angel on it; so festive. I immediately wanted to delve in and get caught up in the mystery. How disappointed was I! The plot was good in theory but unfortunately Gaarder did not follow through. The flit between Joachim and Elisabet’s stories were uneasy at times with Elisabeth’s story being very repetitive and boring at times. I struggled to persevere through the book only doing so because I was home sick. I still feel like I was left with a lot of unanswered questions and I found the religious aspect a bit too much. I know Christmas is a religious festival but I was hoping for a Christmas mystery and that was not what I got.

A disappointing read.


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