From a best-selling, award-winning Swedish author, The Living and the Dead in Winsford is a gripping and deeply atmospheric psychological thriller set on Exmoor.
There is nobody in the world who knows that we are here....
A woman arrives in the village of Winsford on Exmoor. She has travelled a long way and chosen her secluded cottage carefully. Maria's sole intention is to outlive her beloved dog, Castor. And to survive the torrent of memories that threaten to overwhelm her.
Weeks before, Maria and her husband, Martin, fled Stockholm under a cloud. The couple were bound for Morocco, where Martin planned to write an explosive novel - one that would reveal the truth behind dark events within his commune of writers decades before. But the couple never made it to their destination.
As Maria settles in to her lonely new life, walking the wild, desolate moors, it becomes clear that Winsford isn't quite the sanctuary she thought it would be. While the long, dark evenings close in and the weather worsens, strange things begin to happen around her. But what terrible secrets is Maria guarding? And who is trying to find her?
A haunting, masterly unravelling of a dreadful crime, in The Living and the Dead in Winsford, Håkan Nesser, the best-selling, award-winning author of the Van Veeteren series, tightens the tension like a noose....
©2013 Håkan Nesser (P)2016 Bolinda
Have just finished this book - it is a true page turner and keeps you on tenterhooks till the denouement- as the story unfolds the back story is revealed with wonderful detail. Not to be missed.
Given the synopsis and the excellent reviews for 'The Living and the Dead in Winsford', I was really looking forward to listening to this story, especially as I am a fan of Scandanavian thrillers. Since I live in North Devon, it was nice to hear local place names but do we really need a local weather report for every day of Maria's stay?! The synopsis says that the novel is 'gripping and atmospheric' and clearly, some listeners agree. I just found it tedious and kept checking my iPod to find out how near to the end I was. I usually listen to books at every opportunity but it took me quite a while to get through this one because I was enduring it, rather than enjoying it. You are probably wondering why I didn't give up and return the book. I persevered because of the synopsis and reviews, which led me to hope that there would be some killer twists at some point. On the positive side, the prose is very well written and the narrator does a good job. I won't be listening to anything else by this author. If you want to give Scandanavian thrillers a go, I highly recommend 'The Killing' trilogy by David Hewson or 'The Game' trilogy by Anders de la Motte.
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