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The Darkest Room


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In the bestselling tradition of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, the chilling story of a couple of who live in a house with a secret, murderous past. The winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel 2008 and a number one bestseller.

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Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the Baltic island of land, where his books are set. His mother's family - sailors, fishermen and farmers - have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island's rich legacy of strange tales and folklore. A journalist by profession, Johan lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.


At the start of Theorin's intense and atmospheric thriller, his second after Echoes from the Dead, Stockholm schoolteacher Joakim Westin has just joined his wife, Katrine, and their two young children at their new house on Eel Point on the northern island of ├Âland. When Katrine mysteriously drowns in shallow water near Eel Point's twin lighthouses, Joakim can't shake the feeling that Katrine is still with him. Though the police declare Katrine's death an accident, a new rookie cop in the area, Tilda Davidsson, isn't convinced and quietly pursues her own investigation. Joakim and Tilda's paths intertwine as they both uncover disturbing secrets about Eel Point's past. Theorin crafts a modern ghost story, expertly weaving together the present with glimpses into the lives-and deaths-of Eel Point's previous residents. Fans of dark Scandinavian crime fiction will welcome this new voice. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

A skilful mix of ghost story and crime thriller...this book is outstanding. It crosses genres effortlessly and keeps all its balls in the air with consummate skill. * WORD MAGAZINE *
If you like Stieg Larsson, try a much better Swedish writer, Johan Theorin, whose first two books (Echoes from the Dead and The Darkest Room) are now available in English. Both self-contained and set on the Baltic island of Oland, both murder mysteries with a sense of the supernatural but explicable all the same * OBSERVER *
Penetrating, intelligent * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE *
Echoes from the Dead was rightly acclaimed in the UK, and this, his second, is even better. A powerful study of grief, loss and vulnerability, with a commendably earth-bound solution * GUARDIAN *
Theorin builds the tension exquisitely * METRO *

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