At the start of Theorin's intense and atmospheric thriller, his second after Echoes from the Dead, Stockholm schoolteacher Joakim Westin has just joined his wife, Katrine, and their two young children at their new house on Eel Point on the northern island of Öland. When Katrine mysteriously drowns in shallow water near Eel Point's twin lighthouses, Joakim can't shake the feeling that Katrine is still with him. Though the police declare Katrine's death an accident, a new rookie cop in the area, Tilda Davidsson, isn't convinced and quietly pursues her own investigation. Joakim and Tilda's paths intertwine as they both uncover disturbing secrets about Eel Point's past. Theorin crafts a modern ghost story, expertly weaving together the present with glimpses into the lives—and deaths—of Eel Point's previous residents. Fans of dark Scandinavian crime fiction will welcome this new voice. (Oct.)
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“A fantastic first novel . . . haunting and lyrical.”—Guardian, London
“Theorin’s deeply disturbing debut will remind many of Henning Mankell both in its thematic intensity and dark tone.”—Publishers Weekly
“Vividly rendered . . . The fully fleshed characters and excellent plot should appeal to all crime and thriller readers.”—Booklist, starred review
Theorin's writing uses great characterization and setting to pull the reader into intriguing stories about "real people". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Graham Botha
First book by John Theorin that I have read. I enjoy mysteries and this one is pretty good. Will read some of his other books.Published 3 months ago by Jackie Jack
it is difficult to appreciate what life is like living in Oland.to non-Swedes.Published 4 months ago by jkobi2011
Really enjoyed this book - not what I expected. A bit spooky and am glad Gerlof gets involved again. The super sleuth of the old folks home!Published 5 months ago by CMB
The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin has been sitting on my To Be Read pile for a while. It was only when I finished it that I realised it’s the second of a quartet of books, each set... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elizabeth Lhuede
A very atmospheric novel set on the island of Oland, off the coast of Sweden. I found myself worrying about the safety of the main characters as the novel progressed - a rare event... Read morePublished 6 months ago by urszulat
A couple from Stockholm buys a fixer upper manor house on the island of Oeland. Shortly after they move in, someone dies and the living embark on a path to unraveling the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by vera kolpakova
Somewhat strained storyline....as t hough the author was having difficulty hanging on to the storyline...a forgettable read.Published 9 months ago by c. andreasen
A gripping read, indeed. The story takes place on a remote Swedish island where a newly moved family experiences a tragedy and tries to deal with secrets left on the property. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E. J.