Sandra Gustafsson was born in 1972. Her first book was the autobiographical narrative The Dandelion Kid (2006), presented in readings and conference discussions over the following seven years.
In 2006 LEVA! newspaper listed her among the year's 100 most inspiring persons.
In 2007 The Dandelion Kid was shortlisted for Stockholm novel of the year.
In 2010 she published the psychological thriller Seared.
In May of 2014 her second psychological thriller The Rival appeared.
In August 2015 her third psychological thriller Skinless was released.
In November 2015 Seared was one of the finalists in the mystery/thriller category in "The Red City Review Book Awards".
In February 2016 The Rival was one of the 2015 FINALISTS in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards.
In Mars 2016 The Rival was listed under "Honorable Mentions" in the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards Winners.
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"Sandra Gustafsson's language is of a higher level than that of most other authors in this genre of fiction. It's poetic and precise, avoiding clichés and overused metaphors. At the same time it's direct and unsparing whenever necessary.
Seared is an impressive debut and one of those novels that stays with you. Not all questions are answered, not all layers are revealed. Perhaps that's why it continues to work in your head even after it's back on the bookshelf."
"Her background seems to have given her the ability to write Seared, her suspenseful and well constructed novel. . . . In language that seems almost too plain Gustafsson describes a human destiny in a story capable of wringing tears from a stone. She demonstrates her talent as she succeeds in maintaining vivid suspense on every page."
-- DAST magazine
"Sandra Gustafsson is able to touch precisely not only upon the burning issue of social exclusion but also upon the demands of contemporary personal relationships. . . . Free of complicated turns of phrase, Gustafsson's language works through the most dreadful subjects and sets forth a creative narrative that's much more dark than light."
"Sandra Gustafsson's first novel Seared, published by Bra Böcker, is a real page-turner and a torment at the same time, as the reader shares Helena's destructive behavior and harrowing experiences. By the time I reached the final page I was completely drained."
-- LEVA PS!
"Gustafsson has succeeded completely in crafting a text that's both frightening and moving, one that insinuates itself into one's consciousness."
-- Tidningen Kulturen
"This hair-raising and horrible account of developing madness and a mother's wild desperation at her son's illness is deeply moving. The unsparing substance and precision of the language shows us the author knows this territory well. This is her third novel describing mental illness and social exclusion."
-- Lena Condelius, BTJ magazine, edition 21, 2015
"Undertaking the composition of a novel like Skinless certainly means yielding to the powerful temptation to immerse oneself into the miseries of others in order to analyze them. Sandra Gustafson knows exactly what she's doing. She opens herself wide to us, in my opinion, much like an actor identifying entirely with a role. It's a completely convincing achievement."
-- Anna-Charlotte Östman, Literature magazine
"Really forceful, gripping and harrowing!"
Book of the Month for August, 2015.
-- Jennie's Book List.
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