It’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour We Know You Remember by Tove Alsterdal.
About the Author
Tove Alsterdal is one of Sweden’s most renowned suspense writers. She has written five critically acclaimed stand-alone thrillers and has won literary prizes in Sweden and France. In the autumn of 2020, her latest book We Know You Remember was named Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year and won the Glass Key Award for Best Crime Novel from all the Scandinavian countries.
About the book
Where were you the night Lina Stavred went missing? – The case was closed. – Everyone in Ådalen remembers the summer Lina Stavred went missing. At first, the investigation seemed like a dead end: there was no body, no crime scene, no murder weapon.
The records were sealed. – Then a local boy confessed to Lina’s murder. The case opened a wound – one the whole community has spent over two decades trying to heal.
But we know you remember. – Now Lina’s murderer has reappeared, and detective Eira Sjödin must face the spectre of his brutal crime. This is her chance to untangle the years of well-kept secrets – but the truth is something Ådalen would rather forget.
Olaf doesn’t intend to enter his old family home. He knows he isn’t welcome, but instinct says something is wrong. He stumbles upon a dead body and of course all fingers point straight in his direction – again.
He is an known killer. The child who killed a child. Why would anyone believe anything he says? But the truth is much more complex and darker than anyone thinks. In a cleverly constructed mystery the masks of those above suspicion start to slide off, which also means certain people become more desperate to bury the truth, which shouldn’t be too hard – it’s happened before.
We need more English translations of Alsterdal’s work, and indeed kudos to the translator Alice Menzies. You have to be able to do more than just translate word for word, you have to be able to capture the idioms, the spirit and the atmosphere of the story. Not everyone can do the original work justice, although I am certain this is a perfect interpretation of the author’s work.
Whilst this is an award winning piece of fiction, this author doesn’t have the same recognition as other Scandinavian authors, but certainly deserve to be right up at the top. The characters, the surroundings, the perfect imperfections of humanity and the beautiful prose – woven together the result is a gripping crime story. Cleverly paced with false trails and clues thrown into the trees for the reader to follow like a dog running eagerly after a stick.
Buy We Know You Remember at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Faber Books; pub date 3 Feb 2022 – Hardback £12.99, eBook £8.99, audio digital download £22.99. Buy at Amazon com.