Missing you

6 10 2011

Missing by Karin Alvtegen

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Can murder and mercy go hand in hand? In The Grand Hotel, a homeless woman charms a businessman into paying for dinner and a room. When his dead body is discovered the following morning she becomes the prime suspect. When a second person is killed in similar circumstances, Sybilla, having left her comfortable middle-class upbringing for the anonymity of the streets, becomes the most wanted person in Sweden . . . Missing is a gripping, multi-faceted thriller; more than a murder-hunt, it is also something more profound : an individual’s journey to self-awareness and hope.

OK, it is a bit more profound than just a murder hunt but let’s not go overboard here. Still Alvtegen is an accomplished writer (with a decent translator) and this a pretty good read. Quite compelling stuff and well worth a go.

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Shadowy

22 05 2010

Shadow by Karin Alvtegen

Gerda Persson has lain dead for three days. Her life seems to have been quite ordinary. Until the freezer in her home is opened. It is full of books, neatly stacked and wrapped in clingfilm, a thick layer of ice covering them – all by the same prize-winning author, all with handwritten dedications to Gerda. What story do these books have to tell? And what is their connection to a young boy found abandoned in an amusement park?

The story goes a long way from this opening and covers a lot of rather dark territory. Extremely well written and crafted, it is pretty suspenseful but not genuinely thrilling. It all comes together, pretty awfully, in the end and overall is a rather good read. I’m not certain I’d categorise it with the current crop of Scandinavian crime fiction though – it is a bit different.








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