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The Last Snow by Stina Jackson – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Early spring has its icy grip on Ödesmark, a small village in northernmost Sweden, abandoned by many of its inhabitants. But Liv Björnlund never left. She lives in a derelict house together with her teenage son, Simon, and her ageing father, Vidar. They make for a peculiar family, and Liv knows that they are cause for gossip among their few remaining neighbours.

Just why has Liv stayed by her domineering father’s side all these years? And is it true that Vidar is sitting on a small fortune? His questionable business decisions have made him many enemies over the years, and in Ödesmark everyone knows everyone, and no one ever forgets.

Now someone wants back what is rightfully theirs. And they will stop at nothing to get it, no matter who stands in their way…

MY REVIEW 

The Last Snow is set in a remote part of Sweden, Ödesmark. Here, Liv and her son, Simon live with her father, Vidar. They are a close family, but there is an underlying tension in how they act around each other.

There are some flashbacks to Liv’s younger days as she grew up and this gives a little background into the family and the suspicions the other inhabitants of Ödesmark have of them.

Some in the village believe Vidar has money hidden in the house and so they set out to find it…..then there is a death.

The Last Snow is a beautifully written, slow burn of a thriller wIth a simmering tension that’s palpable at times,  it’s also about dysfunctional families and the claustrophobia of living in a small village. Wonderfully descriptive, chilling and so atmospheric. ScandiNoir at its best.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Last Snow.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3anhm5i

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Stina Jackson was born in 1983 and raised in Skellefteå, northern Sweden. In 2006 she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and small dog. Her debut novel, The Silver Road, was an international bestseller and won The Best Swedish Crime Novel Award in 2018. The Last Snow is her second novel.

Book reviews, Thriller

The Silver Road by Stina Jackson – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Three years ago, Lelle’s daughter went missing in a remote part of Northern Sweden. Lelle has spent the intervening summers driving the Silver Road under the midnight sun, frantically searching for his lost daughter, for himself and for redemption.

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Meja arrives in town hoping for a fresh start. She is the same age as Lelle’s daughter was – a girl on the brink of adulthood. But for Meja, there are dangers to be found in this isolated place.

As autumn’s darkness slowly creeps in, Lelle and Meja’s lives are intertwined in ways, both haunting and tragic, that they could never have imagined.

This compelling and haunting read is perfect for fans of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.

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MY REVIEW 

This is the tale of Lelle, a teacher whose 17 year old daughter disappeared 3 years ago. He is guilt ridden as he was the one to drop her at the bus stop and no-one has seen her since. His wife blamed him, and she eventually left…while he stayed and drives every night along the Silver Road, searching and searching for Lina….

Stina Jackson’s expressive writing gives breathe to the cold, remote area in North Sweden…..its dark forests gave me the chills just thinking about them and that’s a credit to Jackson’s writing.

 The police initially had Lelle as a suspect but with nothing found the investigation seemed to peter out but Lelle won’t give up and it’s an obsession with him to keep searching ………

Alongside this is the story of Meja, a troubled teen, brought to the area by her mother Silje, who met a man online and so moves them here to live with him..Silje drinks constantly and clearly has mental health issues Leaving  Meja lonely and isolated..as a result when her boyfriend, Carl-Johan asks, she agrees to move in with him and his doomsday prepper family…….

Then another girl goes missing…….

Who has taken these two girls ? Who is it that is kept in a dank room ? And by who?

This is a dark and disturbing tale of isolation, loss, love and the lengths we would go to for family…….the writing is so good, you can feel the stillness of the cold, the underlying tension and the chilly menace of the forest…..a masterful piece of writing and I can recommend it without reservation…..

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free and this is my honest and unbiased review

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