Water Angels (UK, Canada, Australia)


A married couple is found dead in their jacuzzi. Their adopted five-year-old daughter has vanished. Inspector Malin Fors, the troubled but brilliant star of the Linköping police force, is put in charge of the case.

But this is a haunting mystery where the borders have been blurred: those between the living and the dead, between good and evil.

Malin is only too aware of her own tendencies towards obsession and addiction. As the investigation takes a darker turn, forcing Malin to confront her own demons, will she hold out long enough to find the killer - and the missing girl - before it's too late? 

"Kallentoft's novels always run at a high emotional temperature."

Joan Smith, The Sunday Times

"Water Angels is Mons Kallentoft's sixth haunting, lyrical crime novel featuring Inspector Malin Fors, a 'lone wolf' who 'hunts people who need to be hunted'". 

Anna Creer, The Sydney Morning Herald

"Honourable mentions for three reliable writers: Swedish master Mons Kallentoft, whose fey, atmospheric series featuring Inspector Malin Fors has a weighty new entry in Water Angels. ..."

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"I always look forward to the latest offering in the series by Mons Kallentoft featuring detective Malin Fors. She’s a grimly realistic detective and the short chapters and choppy narrative make for an usual read. Water Angels, the sixth book in the series, has Fors investigating the murder of a couple and searching for her missing five year old daughter. It’s an interesting mystery and Malin is still a fascinating protagonist. The translation is by Neil Smith."


"Kallentoft creates painfully realistic portrait of a complex personality, a fully developed female character. We might not identify with everything that Malin does but we respect her choices. Malin – mother, dedicated detective, hurting human being – makes the best of her addictive behaviour. The search for Ella and her kidnapper turns into another obsession for Malin who ultimately leads the team into the most heart-breaking conclusion of the case.

The interactions between her colleagues show another interesting aspect of the novel. Attention is given to each person and so the effect of the unfolding events can be seen on all of them. This also provides different perspectives that move forward the search for the killer and the kidnapper.

The translation by Neil Smith is absolutely superb, flawlessly carrying every nuance and emotion, and allows Kallentoft’s understated yet powerful writing style to shine throughout. Water Angles is not an easy read, with the twin themes of dark obsessions and the grim world of child abduction. In parts the story becomes too unsettling and distressing. But there is also mournful poetry trying to find the balance between good and evil."

Eva Sherman, Crime reviews