Scandinavian crime/thriller literature has a very unique flare that is truly recognizable. I have had the pleasure of reading a few crime/thriller novels from some northern countries and find them unique, if not unsettlingly cold and detached.
The cool detachment works well, especially for thrillers and I have throughly enjoyed the Scandinavian novels that I have read.
This latest book, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIE, is by Swedish author Sara Lövestam who has written some award winning crime novels and has won awards in France and The Netherlands. This book has a compelling plot featuring important themes and one that I am thrilled the share with all of you!
When a six-year-old girl disappears and calling the police isn’t an option, her desperate mother Pernilla turns to an unlikely source for help. She finds a cryptic ad online for a private investigator:
“Need help, but can’t contact the police?”
That’s where Kouplan comes in. He’s an Iranian refugee living in hiding. He and his brother were forced to leave Iran after their involvement with a radical newspaper hated by the regime was discovered. Kouplan’s brother disappeared, and he hasn’t seen him in four years. He makes a living as a P.I. working under the radar, waiting for the day he can legally apply for asylum.
Pernilla’s daughter has vanished without a trace, and Kouplan is an expert at living and working off the grid. He’s the perfect PI to help… but something in Pernilla’s story doesn’t add up. She might need help that he can’t offer…and a little girl’s life hangs in the balance (summary from Goodreads).
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