It's a miserably cold and rainy Tuesday in November.
What better day to kick off Marfi's A Book & A Blanket?
The coming weeks I will light lots of fires in the stove and, among other readings,
I will be catching up on a couple of Swedish horror/suspense authors.
Sweden has quite a few good crime/suspense writers, but pure horror
is harder to come by - but I intend to give it my best go! Most of the books
I will be reviewing are available in English if you guys want to look them up.
I started off with the crime/suspense novel 'Kråkflickan' from 2011,
by Eriksson & Axlander-Sundquist. (Awaiting release in English)
It's a quick read that will completely gross you out all the way through.
The story is full of children and women getting abused, raped, tortured and murdered.
For a feminist misanthropist as myself, this novel perfectly cements my view
of humanity. It's a suspenseful, nasty and depressing read.
The tag-line reads: 'Murder & Psychoanalysis' and the novel certainly makes
use of popular culture's interest in psychopathology. We've seen it before.
What kept me reading though, is that the authors already from the get go
change up the gender dynamics between some of the perpetrators and victims.
Kråkflickan is also the first in a series of three - followed by Hungerelden (2011)
and Pythians Anvisningar (2013) - and the first book leaves off on a cliff-hanger.
I think that if I had known this when I picked it up, it might actually have been more
of an enjoyable read. All three books have received good reviews, but I might need
a while to digest the gruesomeness and hopelessness before I crack open the sequel.
In the meantime I am continuing on my Swedish horror/suspense trek with a trip
to the library tomorrow, where I hope to find John Ajvide Lindqvist's 'Människohamn'
(Harbour) and Johan Theorin's 'Skumtimmen' (Echoes from the Dead).
Thank to Marfi at Incipient Wings for hosting!