The novel has been selected by Bonnier’s bookclub as one of the 12 best books of 2023 with the following motivation: “Skillfully told page-turner with irresistible cliffhangers and charming nods to classic crime”

The Writing In The Water is the first part in a new trilogy from John Ajvide Lindqvist, where he leaves the horror genre and ventures into crime not leaving his signatory style of storytelling behind.

Since the release in the fall of 2022 the series has been sold to seven languages, been praised by critics and readers and it got nominated by the Swedish Crime Academy for best Swedish Crime Fiction 2022.

The language is full of life. It is insane, smart and incredibly funny in the midst of despair. What we call a breath of fresh air in the dusty crime cabinet. Or perhaps more like a hurricane in a glass of water.-
– Samuel Karlsson, Vi som älskar ljudböcker

When John Ajvide Lindqvist ventures into the suspense genre, he brings with him all of his knowledge from horror writing and the great, wonderful desire for storytelling that is significant for his entire authorship.
– Lars Kepler

[…]John Ajvide Lindqvist manages it with a twinkle in his eye and a fox behind his ear. […]John Ajvide Lindqvist has an unfailing ability to breathe life into his characters.”
– Dagens Nyheter

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