I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the tour for gripping Swedish crime thriller The Hideout by Camilla Grebe. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book.
About the book:
When the body of a young man washes ashore in Stockholm’s southern archipelago, Manfred Olson is called in to investigate. But with his daughter, Nadia, in a coma, it is with some reluctance that he leaves his wife alone by their child’s bedside.
Elsewhere, eighteen-year-old Samuel lives with his hard-working single mother, Pernilla. His charm has always been able to get him out of trouble, but when he finds himself in the middle of a drug deal gone wrong, he is forced to make a run for it.
With nowhere to go, and with both a drug lord’s gang and the police at his heels, Samuel seeks refuge in a sleepy town in the Stockholm archipelago, where he takes a job as a live-in assistant to the son of a wealthy family. But it isn’t long after Samuel moves in with the beautiful Rachel and her son, Jonas, that he realises nothing is quite as it seems… and Manfred is on the hunt for a killer.
About the author:
Camilla Grebe was born near Stockholm. She co-founded audiobook publisher Storyside. She has written four celebrated crime novels with her sister, Asa Traff, about psychologist Siri Bergman, the first two of which were nominated for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy.
Camilla has also written the popular Moscow Noir trilogy with Paul Leander-Engstrom. The Ice Beneath Her was Camilla’s debut novel as a solo author and announced her as a fresh new voice in suspense writing.
After She’s Gone was published in Sweden in 2017 and won the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year award.
The Hideout is the gripping new crime thriller by acclaimed Swedish author Camilla Grebe. Well paced and full of suspense, it is very much a character driven story with short, punchy chapters that keep you reading long into the night. With plenty of twists, turns and surprises along the way, this is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.
The story has three distinct character voices. First there’s Manfred who has been called in to investigate after the body of a young man washes up on the shore. Reluctant to leave his wife and young daughter, Manfred is eager to resolve the case as quickly as he can, but soon comes to realise that things may not be quite as straightforward as they seem.With the case hotting up, Manfred and his team now find themselves on the hunt for a killer.
Then there’s eighteen year old Samuel who suddenly gets caught up in the middle of a drug deal that’s gone wrong. Forced to make a run for it and with nowhere to go, he seeks refuge in a small town where he takes a job as assistant to the son of a wealthy family. But things are not quite as they seem and Samuel may have just jumped straight out of the frying pan and into the fire.
And finally we have Pernilla, Samuel’s hardworking single mum who has always tried to please everyone. Brought up by a strict religious father, Pernilla feels guilt and shame for letting him down when she became pregnant with Samuel. And now, with Samuel missing, she doesn’t know which way to turn. Where is he? And why has he not been in touch to let her know where he is?
Full of intrigue, mystery and suspense, Camilla Grebe has written a stylish crime thriller that kept me guessing throughout. With a strong and varied cast of characters, a vividly imagined setting and a murder to solve, The Hideout is Scandi Noir at its very best.
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