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THE MISSING by Caroline Eriksson

 
 


RATING: 5/5

Published by : AmazonCrossing
on NOVEMBER 2016

A boat that rocks alone in front of the green island. No one would notice that under the mild ripples lurk deep and dark waters. In THE MISSING by Caroline Eriksson ,that will be published in November 2016 by AmazonCrossing, nothing is what it seems.

The dark tints are once again those typical of Nordic Thriller's locations mixed with a strong psychological component in a successful and winning combination that anticipate a great success. A combination of confusion and panic that keep the reader glued from the very first page, making clear that you will hardly put down THE MISSING before you finish it. It is easy to understand, after just a few chapters, because it has been so successful at the Frankfurt fair, selling in less than a week the rights in 22 countries around the globe.

We are in a small town on the shores of Lake Maran, somewhere in Sweden. Alex and Smilla, father and daughter were haveing breakfast and Greta isfascinated by their complicity; a perfect family, her family. One day Alex decides to reach the island in the middle of the lake to take a walk all three together. As they reach the island Alex tells the strange legends that link the lake to missing persons stories and it almost seems to have fun scaring Greta..Once arrived Alex and Smilla leave to explore the island, but Greta, instead, exhausted by seasickness decides to stay on board to sleep. Cradled by the wave she fell in a tormented and deep sleep and when she wakes up the sun has already disappeared behind the trees. But Alex or Smilla are nowhere to be seen. With a terrible feeling Greta go on shore to look after them. They are disappeared into thin air. Anxiously and with a strong agitation Greta went home in a terrible state of confusion and with the feeling that something awful maight have happened to her family. After a frantic search Greta regained enough control to go to the police station and report the disappearance. She can not believe the police agent when she sais that Greta is not married and never had a daughter ...
But maybe Greta knew that already or , perhaps, she is the only one who's telling the truth.. Who are then Alex and Smilla?



The carrier of this story is the unreliable narrator. Greta, main character and narrator, tells us what happened in the first person, while analyzing the facts and recounting the events that led to Alex and Smilla's disappearence. Greta's troubled past has made her a person psychologically unbalanced, totally unfit to face the magnitude of the events that take place at the lake. Her memories are confused, they lack of a precise timeline, mixed with flashbacks of her past, repeated, transformed and changed from time to time, enriched with details that perhaps are made ups of her imagination.

A book made of perceptions and impressions . A deceptive and mysterious psychological thriller totally unpredictable. You will never know what is real, what is a memory, imagination or dream. "It escapes me" in Greta's standard answers to many questions, and perfectly describes the novel, which will continue to escape to your suppositions untill the end.

Fast peaced and unputdownable . In no time you'll find yourself at the end of the story, out of breath and totally confused, totally unprepared to deal with the shocking truth behind a story made of appearances.
I am also happy that deviates a little from the classical model of Nordic thrillers that most of the time keep the focus of the story on a detective or an investigator such as in Camilla Läckberg, Viveca Sten and Samuel Bjørk's novel. Do not be fooled by the beginning of the story. There is not a paranormal component, as it could seems. Go ahead and you will see.

Nothing is what it seems, everything is retracted and everything is transformed in this spine-tingling and page-turner novel.
Recommended for those who loved books like The Girl of the Train by Paula Hawkins or The Ice Twins by S.K.Tremayne and in general to those who are taking the first steps towards this genre.


Absolutely recommended. 
Save the date for THE MISSING by Caroline Eriksson.

Erica


TITLE: The missing
AUTHOR: Caroline Eriksson
PUBLISHER: Amazon Crossing
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

Available from: NOVEMBER 2016


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