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“This powerful first in a new thriller series from Swedish sisters Grebe and Träff introduces a delightfully flawed heroine… The action moves swiftly to a surprising climax.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review, PW Pick of the Week)

"Tense and chilling, this is a thriller for readers who also enjoyed Camilla Lackberg’s The Ice Princess." Booklist

"Sisters Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff dig deep into the cold climes of the human heart in this sharp, atmospheric thriller.  First rate writing and unusually absorbing characters. Loved this book.” Perri O'Shaughnessy, bestselling author of Unlucky in Law and Show No Fear

"Some Kind of Peace is a fast-moving psychological thriller whose plot unfolds from the authors' expert and sensitive consideration of character. Dr. Siri Bergman, haunted by her own loss, finds herself in the midst of danger, the threat coming from a number of possible suspects. Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff spin a tantalizing story of menace and longing in this provocative and richly rendered novel."Lee Martin, author of Break the Skin and The Bright Forever

“Grebe and Träff break new ground in the Scandinavian crime literature genre, and they do it brilliantly. Using unique insights and experiences from their own professional backgrounds, they tell a smooth-paced yet utterly intriguing story about man’s inability to let go of the past.” ­Kristina Ohlsson, author of Unwanted

About the Author

Camilla Grebe is an entrepreneur and a former publisher and CEO. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Åsa Träff is a psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. She runs a private practice and lives in Älvsjö, Sweden. She and Camilla are sisters.

Product Details

  • Series: Siri Bergman
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451654596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451654592
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,934,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We may be our own worst enemies, according to sisters Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff. In "Some Kind of Peace" (translated from the Swedish by Paul Norland), Grebe and Träff expose their characters' painful feelings of self-loathing, loneliness, rage, grief, and fear. The narrator, psychologist Siri Bergman, is treating twenty-five year old Sara Matteus, a troubled woman who chain smokes, chews on her hair, and cuts her skin. Siri herself is still trying to come to terms with the loss of her husband, Stefan, who died in a diving accident. Fortunately, work keeps Bergman centered. She is a skilled and compassionate therapist who helps her patients alter their distorted thoughts and self-destructive behavior.

Grebe and Träff's prose is hauntingly descriptive. Siri's home outside of Stockholm is an isolated and idyllic retreat with a view of the sea, wild vegetation, and "small wind-whipped pines." In the middle of summer, Siri notices the "sultry sweet and suffocating" scents of nature and "the unmistakable smell of decomposition." This is a metaphor for the prison that Siri's sanctuary has become. She has distanced herself from all but a few friends, drinks to excess, and clings obsessively to memories of Stefan. Bergman is terrified of the dark and leaves the lights on even when she sleeps. To make matters worse, someone is stalking Siri and those closest to her. For some inexplicable reason, this person despises Suri and wishes to harm her physically and emotionally.

"Some Kind of Peace" is a compelling and well-crafted thriller (apart from a few far-fetched coincidences that strain credulity), in which the authors explore the fragility of the human psyche.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jenn on August 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really like this book. Siri is a great character. The story is tense throughout and kept me interested, making this a fast, enjoyable read. I think fans of thrillers and crime novels will like "Some Kind of Peace."

I have one issue with this novel: there are some red herrings that don't really make much sense. Sometimes the characters do or say things that are out of character just to keep the reader guessing. It only happens a couple times in the book, but the moments are awkward enough to stick out in my mind.

All-in-all, this is one of the better books I've read lately, and I really recommend it. I look forward to reading more books featuring Siri Bergman.

I received this book for free to review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on April 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dr. Siri Bergman operates a psychotherapy practice in Stockholm with her best friend, Aina.

Siri can empathise with her patients who have suffered a loss since Siri lost her husband, Stefan, to a diving accident years ago.

One of her patients is a young woman, Sara Matteus, and when Siri finds Sara's body in a place where Siri normally goes swimming, it begins a number of events that make it look like someone is out to harm her.

As a protagonist, I felt that Siri is someone who catches my attention but when things turn badly for her, she doesn't do enough to protect herself. She sleeps with the lights on but could use more help from others.

I would have liked more descriptions of the setting. Not being familiar with the Stockholm area, it would help in allowing me to visualize the scenes.

I enjoyed the surprise ending and felt it was well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Pease on July 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Psychologist Siri Bergman's life starts to unravel after one of her patients is discovered murdered on her property. Siri has already suffered tragic events in her life, including her husband's death, which has left her with fears that she would help others to overcome. So when clues begin to surface that the killer is really targeting her she begins to question those people within her intimate circle of friends and colleagues who know her weaknesses and how to exploit them.
This is on my list of best reads so far this year. Once I got the time to really sit down and focus on it I didn't want to put it down. There was a desire to know what happens but also a reluctance to let go of the characters. I like a mystery that stumps me, which is becoming increasingly harder to find. The pace was incredible and the characters were vividly realistic. I felt like I got to know them and enjoyed each one for their good and bad sides. I cannot wait to read their next novel. This one comes highly recommended from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven on August 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Another welcome addition to the Scandinavian crime stable with this admittedly not unique premise of a plot, but with an utterly compelling and pschologically complicated central protagonist which draws you in as a reader and plays on your natural sympathy for our beleagured heroine.
Siri is a wonderful construct of two adverse personalities being both an assured and professional psychotherapist who displays all the natural qualities needed to get to the root of her patient's problems, but also an insecure woman traumatised by the death of her husband with an inherent fear of the dark. Finding herself attracting the unwelcome attentions of a, what proves to be, murderous stalker, Siri finds the isolated haven of her coastal cottage under threat. Naturally as a reader you do question her decision to live far removed from her place of work in Stockholm but hey it's a great plot device.
The screw is further tightened by the further invasive behaviour of her stalker in all aspects of her personal and professional relationships, causing her growing suspicion of those closest to her, who all seem consumed with a natural propensity for secrets and lies. There are carefully placed vignettes offering an insight into the motivations of her stalker which serve to ratchet up the tension further and allow the reader to play detective themselves. As we see the deterioration of Siri's mental state the scene is set for a nail-biting denouement which is perfectly executed as her stalker closes in.
This is a thoroughly engaging tense psychological thriller with extremely well-drawn characters and a well-imagined use of place and atmosphere as the tale moves between the tranquility and natural surrounds of the coast and the pulsing heart of Stockholm. I shall await the next offering, `More Bitter Than Death' from this new crime writing partnership with interest...
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