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Monday, November 25, 2019

In the Shadow of Power by Viveca Sten

Set on an island in Sweden the residents are established old hands at island life. They are not happy with the newcomers who have built a monstrosity of a house on this island, ignoring local rules and regulations.  There is a feeling of unrest running through the community at the brashness and overpowering aggression of the newcomers but notwithstanding that a house warming party ensures that everyone attends to gawp and look at how the other side lives.

When on the opening day itself a fire breaks out in the guest house adjoining the main house and the charred body of a man is found, it is no longer simply a matter of grumbling neighbours. The police called in no that the owner Carsten has many enemies - he is rude and overbearing even to the police and not co operative at all. Unknown to the islanders Carsten is facing his own demons and is facing financial ruin.

The story develops slowly but it is very apparent that Carsten is heading for a breakdown mentally and with that he will take his family down as well. His wife Celia is not the most loved of people either but the two young children are in danger and the story builds up to a crisis very well. The characters are well rounded and believable and the island is described simply and well.

My first read of this Nordic author but I will be looking out for her in the future as well.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Amazon Crossing.


  1. I need to read more Scandinavian crime fiction. This sounds really good.

  2. I used to read more Scandinavian crime fiction years ago. I haven't tried this author though. This sounds like something I'd like.

  3. I've been reading this series since the first was published in the U.S. I consider Sandhamn one of the most important characters and would love to visit some day!

  4. Sounds like a good book. I haven't read this author before.

  5. This sounds good, thanks for sharing your thoughts