The Darkest Room: A Novel

By Johan Theorin

WINNER OF SWEDEN’S most sensible CRIME NOVEL AWARD

On the idyllic island of Öland, off the coast of northern Sweden, a tender couple from Stockholm attempts to begin existence afresh. For Joakim and Katrine Westin, reclaiming a long-neglected kinfolk manor can be a hard work of affection, as they slowly convey the sprawling domestic again to lifestyles and introduce their young children to the island’s woodlands, glens, and shorelines. yet within the Westins’ new domestic, there are issues that can't be repaired, lives that experience long past incorrect, and secrets and techniques that experience them. while the kinfolk is struck by way of tragedy, it’s as much as grief-stricken Joakim to place jointly a puzzle of inexplicable loss, insufferable suspicion, and tangled lives. during this powerhouse of suspense–at as soon as against the law novel and a searing relatives drama–a domestic outfitted as a safeguard from the ocean turns into a human typhoon of homicide.

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Tilda used to be nonetheless in mattress, bare. every thing was once silent. A used condom lay at the flooring. “Are you more than enough? ” she requested her blurred mirrored image within the windowpane. No, did you think that you have been? You’re simply the opposite lady. After sitting there feeling sorry for herself for greater than part an hour, and getting over the urge to shave off all her blonde hair, Tilda obtained up. She had a bath, obtained dressed, and made up our minds to head over to the house to determine Gerlof. outdated humans with out romantic problems have been what she wanted immediately. yet sooner than she may perhaps trigger, the phone rang. It was once the obligation officer in Borgholm calling her out; there were a break-in at a vicarage north of Marnäs over the weekend. A retired couple dwelling in the home had stunned the burglars, and the fellow was once in medical institution with head accidents and a number of other fractures. paintings dulled Tilda’s soreness. She bought to the home round , while the sunlight used to be already commencing to fade over the island. the 1st individual she met on the scene used to be Hans Majner. not like her he was once wearing complete uniform and was once jogging round with a roll of blue-and-white tape and symptoms that stated police no access in his hand. “So, the place have been you the day prior to this? ” he requested. “I wasn’t working,” stated Tilda. “Nobody referred to as me out. ” “You need to fee for your self no matter if there’s whatever happening it is advisable find out about. ” Tilda slammed the auto door. “Shut your mouth,” she stated. Majner circled. “What did you are saying? ” “I instructed you to close your mouth,” acknowledged Tilda. “Stop criticizing me for all time. ” She had certainly ruined issues with Majner now, yet she didn’t care. He stood there immobile for a number of seconds, as though he didn’t particularly comprehend what she had acknowledged. “I’m now not criticizing you,” he acknowledged. “Really? supply me the tape. ” Silently she started to cordon off the again of the vicarage, trying to find impressions left by means of footwear to hide up out within the backyard. The crime scene technicians will be over from Kalmar on Monday morning. there have been in reality a number of prints left by way of sneakers within the muddy flooring round the condo. They regarded as though they got here from men’s boots or footwear with grooves within the soles—and extra in one of the timber there have been lines within the undergrowth indicating that somebody had fallen headfirst, then crept alongside on their arms and knees. Tilda regarded and counted the tracks. It seemed as though there have been 3 viewers to the vicarage. a lady got here out from the veranda. It was once the woman from round the corner; she had a key to the home and was once maintaining a tally of it for the aged couple who have been within the health center in Kalmar. She requested in the event that they want to come over to her residence for a cup of espresso. A espresso holiday with Majner? “I’d really take a brief glance within, thanks,” acknowledged Tilda. whilst she had despatched the neighbor domestic, she went up the stone steps. at the flooring of the hallway earlier the veranda lay a mosaic of shards of glass from a replicate that had fallen down. The rug used to be in a heap and blood had splashed around the doorway and over the wood flooring. The door to the big drawing room used to be part open, and he or she stepped over the damaged glass and regarded in.

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