Ya'll know me, I'm on a foreign mystery kick the past few months,
and this book falls right into that genre!
Acclaimed Swedish author Camilla Grebe makes her solo American debut with a psychological thriller as cunning in its twists as it is captivating in its storytelling.
Winter's chill has descended on Stockholm as police arrive at the scene of a shocking murder. An unidentified woman lies beheaded in a posh suburban home—a brutal crime made all the more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. But this time there's a suspect: charismatic and controversial chain-store CEO Jesper Orre, who owns the home but is nowhere to be found.
To homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson, nothing about the suave, high-profile businessman—including a playboy reputation and rumors of financial misdeeds—suggests he conceals the dark heart and twisted mind of a cold-blooded killer. In search of a motive, they turn to brilliant criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. Once a valued police asset, now marooned in unhappy retirement and a crumbling marriage, she's eager to exercise her keen skills again—and offer Lindgren and Olsson a window into the secret soul of Jesper Orre.
But they're not the only ones searching. Two months ago, Emma Bohman, a young clerk at Orre's company, chanced to meet the charming chief executive, and romance swiftly bloomed. But almost as quickly as the passionate affair ignited, it was over when Orre inexplicably disappeared. Then one staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that her runaway lover was to blame and transforming her confusion and heartbreak into anger.
Now, pursuing the same mysterious man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong.
I actually started this book as soon as it came in, after reading one chapter as a preview, and realizing I was NOT going to be able to put it down! LOL
The book is as much a psychological thriller as it is a police procedural/mystery and it has so many twists and turns, that you can't help to stay up all night reading it! Told from three different perspectives, you more of a 6 degrees of separation feel to the book, while it allows the reader for a more complex look at the events unfolding. Ultimately, I think Hanne was my favorite character, as it was interesting to see her come out of her shell and bloom,as she sought old memories, and moved on from her current relationship, as her memory was fading. The ending was a bit of a surprise, and I had to go back and re-read a few chapters, and then I saw the links, that my brain had not acknowledged. Grebe is an amazing storyteller and I will definitely be picking up more of her books!
Be sure to put this one on your must read list for when it comes out in December!
About the Author:
Camilla Grebe was born in 1968 in Stockholm, Sweden. She holds a degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and was a cofounder of audiobook publisher Storyside. Together with her sister Åsa Träff she has written five celebrated crime novels about psychologist Siri Bergman. The first two books in the series were nominated for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy. Grebe has also written the popular Moscow Noir trilogy with Paul Leander-Engström. With this book, she breaks out as a solo author with a unique voice and a masterful handle on suspense.
About the Translator:
Elizabeth Clark Wessel is an editor at Argos Books and author of the chapbook Whither Weather. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a translator.