Midwinter Sacrifice is Book Club Title at Smiths

20 January 12

From now and two weeks on Midwinter Sacrifice is featured Book Club Title of Richard&Judy Book Club at the British main retailer WHSmith.


Richard:

"Midwinter Sacrifice is utterly gripping, with a superb plot. It is tense, dark, and suspenseful. I loved it. With her many personal problems, Malin makes for an intriguing and sympathetic character. Kallentoft's story is, I think, even better than Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Malin is the first police detective to arrive on the scene of a horrific spectacle: a naked, beaten man dangling from a tree. She concludes that the murder is perhaps the work of a sect, or cult. Meanwhile, bizarrely and totally unexpectedly, we discover that the hanged man has a voice. His thoughts appear on the page for us alone, the readers, to hear.'In a way, it's nice hanging up here. There's a good view, and my frozen body is swaying pleasantly in the wind. I can let my thoughts meander wherever they like. There's a calm here that I've never experienced before, that I never imagined might exist. My voice is new, my gaze too. Maybe I'm now the person I never had a chance to be.'


Creepy, that voice. Indeed, the language and the writing in this book is of very high quality. It is often lyrical, and frequently subtle. Murder mysteries are often written almost journalistically, but Midwinter Sacrifice has its own unique, wonderfully readable style. Linkoping is a small town, and Malin finds that uncovering the secrets of its inhabitants is tricky. The town may be one of Sweden's most advanced centres of technology, medicine and scholarship. But surrounded by a snowy winter landscape of trees and forests, Linkoping also seems shut off and somehow frozen in time. Linkoping is a small town, and Malin finds that uncovering the secrets of its inhabitants is tricky. The town may be one of Sweden's most advanced centres of technology, medicine and scholarship. But surrounded by a snowy winter landscape of trees and forests, Linkoping also seems shut off and somehow frozen in time."

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