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What’s a lie among friends? It’s murder - in this riveting thriller by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of Tonight You’re Dead....

It’s Midsummer’s Eve, the celebration of the longest day of the year, and on Sandhamn it’s the longest party of the year. But the fun comes to a dead halt when a young reveler is murdered, a teenage girl is found drugged and dazed on the beach, and other young women vanish. So far, what links the victims is a mystery. For Nora Linde and her new boyfriend, Jonas Sköld, the crimes are personal: one of the missing girls is Wilma, Jonas’s daughter. And her disappearance could test Nora and Jonas’s relationship in ways they never expected.

Thrust into the investigation, they soon discover that it’s more than a case of bad blood between friends. But the truth, which has receded into a haze of carousing, drugs, and liquor, is getting harder to see. If Nora and Jonas are going to find out what happened to Wilma, they’d better do it fast - before the ebbing tides sweep away all the terrible secrets of that night on Sandhamn Island.

©2012 Viveca Sten (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Marlaine Delargy.

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  • 20 Paws Mom
  • 18-09-18

A!most paradise

Viveca Sten has set a grizzly murder in the surreal beauty of a Swedish summer.

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  • 10-09-18


This story is about a teenage boy found dead after an annual festival to celebrate Midsummer on a Swedish island. The investigation leads the police to several young people who had been "partying" during the festival and their unwillingness to talk. Fear of their parents' anger is just one reason....
Viveca Sten writes murder mysteries with lots of twists and turns that I can only put down long enough to sleep. I love the details she gives about the characters and Sandhamn (Sand Harbor), their village in the Archipelago.
I appreciate the absence of graphic sex, and though the "F" word is used, her books aren't saturated with foul language.
I look forward to her next Sandhamn mystery.