>Johan Theorin, Natstorm (2008)

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Efter en imponerende debut er det altid spændende at se, om forfatteren kan følge succesen op. Men her er der ingen grund til at være bange; svenske Theorin fortsætter i samme fremragende stil som han er begyndt.

Det meste af romanen udspiller sig i nutiden hvor et ungt par med to små børn flytter fra en villa i Stockholm til gården Åludden på Øland, som bærer præg af at have stået tom nogle år. Ægteparret er imidlertid ikke bange for at tage fat; det er ikke første gang, de istandsætter en bolig fra ende til anden.

Ind imellem hovedhistorien om Joakim og Katrines oplevelser, hører vi små korte beretninger om nogle af alle de mennesker, som er døde på gården i tidens løb, helt tilbage til vinteren 1846. Katrines egen familie har også en forbindelse til gården, da hendes mor boede der sammen med mormoderen som purung. Afsnittene er spændende, men giver indtryk af, at det ikke ligefrem er sundt for helbredet at bo på gården!

Som et ekstra element har forfatteren tilsat en regulær spøgelseshistorie, men han overholder reglerne for et ordentligt krimiplot: opklaringen af forbrydelserne afhænger ikke af noget overnaturligt.

Ikke mere om plottet, denne glimrende krimi skal opleves, ikke ødelægges af spoilere.

Johan Theorin, The Darkest Room (2009)
After an impressive debut it is always interesting to see if the author is able to keep up the success. Fear not: Swedish Theorin continues in the same great style as he started out.

The main part of the story takes part in the present when a young couple with two small children move from their Stockholm villa to Åludden on Øland, a farm which is marked by having been uninhabited for years. The two are undaunted, though, as it is not the first time they have renovated a house from one end to the other.

In between the main story about Joakim and Katrine´s experiences we hear short accounts of some of the people who have died on the farm over the years all the way back to the winter of 1846. Katrine´s family is also connected with the farm as her mother and grandmother lived there when the mother was quite young. These sections are interesting but leave the impression that the farm is not exactly a healthy place to stay, and of course this fear is confirmed before long.

As an extra element the author has added a regular ghost story, but he adheres to the rules of a proper crime plot: the solution to the crimes do not depend on supernatural elements.

No more about the plot. This crime story should be read, not destroyed by spoilers.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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