Winner of the 2016 HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award.
'Fans of The Miniaturist will love flashing back to the dark bleakness of 1717 Lapland in Cecilia Ekback's debut.' Grazia
A brilliantly written and gripping historical Nordic Noir thriller with all the intrigue and atmosphere of Burial Rites, the pent-up passion of The Piano and the suspense of The Tenderness of Wolves.
There are six homesteads on Black sen Mountain.
A day's journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the Church summons her people through the snows. Then, even the oldest enemies will gather.
But now it is summer, and new settlers are come.
It is their two young daughters who find the dead man, not half an hour's walk from their cottage.
The father is away. And whether stubborn, or stupid, or scared for her girls, the mother will not let it rest.
To the wife who is not concerned when her husband does not come home for three days; to the man who laughs when he hears his brother is dead; to the priest who doesn't care; she asks and asks her questions,
They say a wolf made those wounds. But what wild animal cuts a body so clean?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Xleptodactylous - LibraryThing
Maija and Paavo, along with their two daughters Frederika and Dorotea, move across the ice from Finland to Sweden, to settle in to their Uncle's abandoned homestead at the foot of the Blackasen ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - janerawoof - LibraryThing
Gripping!! Started out as a murder mystery set in 1717 Swedish Lapland. Among a small group of homesteaders, an unpleasant man is murdered. Enter Maija and her family emigrating from Finland; she and ... Read full review