The Intruder is an unusual story about betrayal and dark secrets. The Andersson family is being sent scary letters without a sender's name. Who could possibly want to harm them?
Gotland policeman Fredrik Broman and his colleagues take the threats seriously, but cannot rule out the possibility that it is all a tasteless joke. When the threats escalate and the couple's daughter disappears, all doubts vanish. This is for real. And it is only the beginning.
When the police pressure the husband, a complicated family history is revealed. What really made him return to the small island after his successful career as an international photographer? Is it really someone nearby that wants to harm the family, or does the threat come from elsewhere?
Acclaimed crime novelist Håkan Östlundh combines high literary quality with high-end suspense.
At the start of stlundh's outstanding second Det. Fredrik Broman novel to be published in the U.S. (after 2012's The Viper), food blogger Malin Andersson and her fashion photographer husband, Henrik Kjellander, return with their two children, Ellen and Axel, to their isolated house on the island of F r , off Gotland, after a holiday on the mainland. To their dismay, there's broken glass on the kitchen floor, a nasty surprise in the kids' toy basket, and family photos missing from the study. Broman and his colleagues have little to go on, but soon anonymous letters start arriving. When the family photos start turning up, the eyes of those in the pictures are poked out. Then someone tries to abduct Ellen. Malin and Henrik don't know who could hate them so much, though Henrik's complicated family history may provide a clue. Fans of psychologically insightful Scandinavian crime fiction will relish this tale of betrayal, shame, and madness.