Two young kids are missing. A police officer has been found dead. Detective Inspector Embla Nyström must quickly solve the mystery and find the children before the small town takes matters into their own hands.
As she hunts for the missing children, Embla can’t help but think of the case that has been haunting her for years: the disappearance of her childhood best friend. Could the cases be linked?
With each passing dark winter day, the odds of finding the children alive shrink, while desperation mounts. Their fathers want answers and will stop at nothing—including murder—to get them.
Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. She is the author of the Irene Huss series and the short story collection An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good. Her books have been translated into 18 languages and made into a television series. She lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with her husband.
‘As good as Louise Welsh's similarly creepy tour of Glasgow.’ Gillian Flynn
‘Embla is a winning new Scandinavian noir lead.’ BBC
‘[An] outstanding series launch…Embla is a refreshingly capable lead, whose situational ethics means that she doesn’t feel she must do everything by the book.’ Publishers Weekly