When a new lead breaks in the cold case that has long haunted Swedish Detective Inspector Embla Nyström, the truth she’s been seeking about her best friend’s disappearance may finally be revealed—if it doesn’t kill her first.
One winter night, 28-year-old Detective Inspector Embla Nyström receives a phone call that sends her reeling. It’s been fourteen years since her best friend disappeared from a nightclub in Gothenburg, but Embla recognizes her voice before the call abruptly disconnects. Embla is thrilled to learn Lollo is still alive, but before she can dive into the case, she gets another phone call—this time from a relative. A man has been found shot dead in one of the guest houses he and his wife manage in rural Sweden. Could she come take a look?
When Embla arrives on the scene, she receives another shock. The dead man is Milo Stavic, a well-known gang member and one of the last people seen with Lollo. And, as Embla soon learns, the same night that Milo was shot in the guest house, his brother Luca was also killed. Why, after all these years, is someone targeting the Stavic brothers, and where is the third brother? With help from a handsome local detective and his police dog in training, Embla launches an investigation into the three Stavic brothers, hoping it will bring her closer to finally finding Lollo and putting an end to her terrible nightmares.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Just when Inspector Embla Nyström thinks the case closest to her heart has finally been solved, she’s plunged even further into the mystery. It’s been 14 years since the 28-year-old Swedish detective’s best friend went missing when, out of the blue, Embla gets a phone call—from Lollo, who’s actually alive and well! But the call cuts off abruptly, leaving author Helene Tursten’s brilliant protagonist with even more questions than she had before. And when Embla is assigned to a murder investigation—the victim was one of the last people to see Lollo before she vanished—we just know that none of this is mere coincidence. As the case begins to show disturbing connections to organized crime and human trafficking, Tursten packs her crime thriller with breakneck action. Whether you’re curious about the dark pleasures of Scandinavian noir or you’re simply someone who loves reading about complicated, haunted police inspectors, the Inspector Nyström series could turn out to be your next favourite.
Tursten's spellbinding third crime novel featuring Det. Insp. Embla Nystr m picks up eight days after the end of 2019's Winter Grave, which closed with Embla receiving a late-night phone call from her childhood best friend, Lollo, who disappeared 14 years earlier. Suspected abductors were Gothenburg gangsters, the Stavic brothers Milo, Luca, and Kador. When a cousin of Embla's calls for help to solve a murder in one of his rented guesthouses, she's shocked to find the victim is Milo. A second jolt comes when she learns that Luca was killed nearby on the same night. Challenged to solve the murders, Embla anxiously seeks the whereabouts of Kador, who has vanished in Croatia. The stabbing of a teenager at a nightclub thickens the plot. Aided by various police officials, including Irene Huss, Tursten's other series lead, Embla seeks to uncover the truth about what happened to Lollo. The action includes a spectacular chase sequence, a bombshell twist that turns the cases around, and an explosive firestorm. This stunning page-turner is unarguably the best in the series.
I love reading this author’s books. I really like the returning characters, but did not like Lollo or the criminals she associated with. Of course, she had a tough childhood, but leaving her best friend “hanging” and tortured with nightmares and feelings of guilt for years was unforgivable. The book was a little convoluted with too many story lines, characters, and unbelievable shootouts that left only minor injuries sustained by the good guys. I skipped the extremely violent parts. The hunting parts are also difficult to read, and the explanation to a 9 year old for killing animals was self serving. I hope to see more of Olle and Tore and less of Lollo in future books.
Helen Torsten ties Embla Nystrom saga . Very enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next book.
Not very good- should have borrowed it from library
The book started off good but once I got 3/4 through it started to get hard to follow. The protagonists were goodf and Irene Huss appears in the middle of the book.
Ending in my opinion was confusing and not very satisying.. I probably would not buy the next book in this series and maybe borrow it instead from the library.