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Kaja Gjersem Nygaard (1986) was raised in southwestern Norway in the city of Stavanger, where she also resides today. With a background in economics, she works as head of administration at the city’s university.

In January 2024, Nygaard made her literary debut with A Darker Water which was published by Bonnier Norsk Forlag. The book, revolving around Stavanger police officer Martha Krogh, instantly received high critical praise from readers and critics alike.



“Solid crime debut, entertaining and refreshing. […] She has pieced together a genuinely engaging crime story, Kaja Nygaard. […] the debutant delivers a substantial craft and succeeds in keeping the tensions high until the end. […] Nygaard’s crime debut is truly a masterpiece. The structure and characterization as well as the intrigues and eloquence work.”
Stavanger Aftenblad (NO)

“The story has a momentum which most authors can only dream about. The language holds high standards, rarely is the language so thorough in a crime novel. […] It is nor grotesque and there is no wild violence between the pages, which is quite good, but neither is it tame. Most of it is conspicuous without any exaggerations.
Randaberg24, 6/6 stars (NO)

“Ocean spritzes and the noveue riche in a solid crime debut from Western Norway. […] Debutant Kaja Gjersem Nygaard instantly shows that she masters a genre most of us recognize from the big screen. The story is just complex enough [and] Gjersem Nygaard gets a lot out of the contrasts between the modern and urban in the oil city, and the wild nature of the West. […] A Darker Water is a professional and promising start of a new series.”

“Debutant Kaja Gjersem Nygaard joins a strong tradition within both Norwegian and international crime literature. […] It is exactly as it should be in a modern crime novel. […] Everything is seamlessly integrated, and necessary, as it contributes to mystique and suspense. […] It is done elegantly, [and] the eloquence is excellent even in the details.”
Bok365 (NO)


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