Fiction. Translated from the Swedish by Laura Wideburg. Once again, Inger Frimansson takes her readers into the dark hearts of our friends and neighbors. Her crime novels are unsettling in their deep examination of everyday human lives. Frimansson's characters are not evil, nor are they particularly unique. They get caught up in desperate actions, though, which inevitably lead to more desperate actions. And the deeper they go, the more difficult it is for them to escape. It is easy to identify with her protagonists, and therein lies the attraction of her writing. The dark Scandinavian noir style clearly lives in Inger Frimansson.
Cats, as omens of evil, proliferate in this intense psychological thriller from Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award winner Frimansson (The Island of the Naked Women). A middle-aged couple, schoolteacher Beth Sv rd and journalist Ulf Nordin, seek peace after the death of their premature twins in their rustic country home in Smaland. When Beth catches an elusive stalker on their property, she savagely murders him with an ax, and with Ulf's help buries the body in the woods. In the horrific aftermath, Beth suffers panic attacks and feels she might be going mad. And, of course, someone eventually finds the grave. Beth and Ulf believe that his new assignment in Tanzania will bring them respite from their anxiety, but it leads to fresh nightmares and a catastrophic event. A note of impending doom never lets up. Some readers might finish this mercilessly grim book with a sigh of relief.