The Darkest Room

The Darkest Room : Oland Quartet series 2

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'The dead are our neighbours everywhere on the island, and you have to get used to it.' It is bitter mid-winter on the Swedish island of Oland, and Katrine and Joakim Westin have moved with their children to the boarded-up manor house at Eel Point. But their remote idyll is soon shattered when Katrine is found drowned off the rocks nearby. As Joakim struggles to keep his sanity in the wake of the tragedy, the old house begins to exert a strange hold over him. Joakim has never been in the least superstitious, but from where are those whispering noises coming? To whom does his daughter call out in the night? And why is the barn door for ever ajar? As the end of the year approaches, and the infamous winter storm moves in across Oland, Joakim begins to fear that the most spine-chilling story he's heard about Eel Point might indeed be true: that every Christmas the dead more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 32mm | 340.19g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774618
  • 9780552774611
  • 71,619

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"A skilful mix of ghost story and crime thriller...this book is outstanding. It crosses genres effortlessly and keeps all its balls in the air with consummate skill." * WORD MAGAZINE * "If you like Stieg Larsson, try a much better Swedish writer, Johan Theorin, whose first two books (Echoes from the Dead and The Darkest Room) are now available in English. Both self-contained and set on the Baltic island of Oland, both murder mysteries with a sense of the supernatural but explicable all the same" * OBSERVER * "Penetrating, intelligent" * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE * "Echoes from the Dead was rightly acclaimed in the UK, and this, his second, is even better. A powerful study of grief, loss and vulnerability, with a commendably earth-bound solution" * GUARDIAN * "Theorin builds the tension exquisitely" * METRO *show more

About Johan Theorin

Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the Baltic island of OEland, where his books are set. His mother's family - sailors, fishermen and farmers - have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island's rich legacy of strange tales and folklore. A journalist by profession, Johan lives in Gothenburg, more

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It is bitter mid-winter when Katrine and Joakim Westin move with their children to an old manor house on the Swedish island of Öland. But their new home is no remote idyll. Just days later, a member of Joakim's family is found drowned off the rocks nearby. While Joakim struggles to keep his sanity, Tilda Davidsson - a young policewoman fresh out of college - becomes convinced that there's a killer on the island. Then, on Christmas Eve, a blizzard strikes. Isolated by the snow, Joakim is unaware that visitors - as unwelcome as they are terrifying - are making their way towards him. For this is the darkest night of the year, the night when the living meet the more

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4,286 ratings
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3 25% (1,052)
2 5% (229)
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