Broder Jakob – Are You Sleeping

By Emelie Schepp

One rainy day in Spring, a woman is brutally murdered in Norrköping. She’s the second victim found in a short time. The circumstances are the same, the bodies are found with their legs are sewn together in the stream running through the city. Who is trying to make them look like mermaids and why?

When another woman is reported missing it becomes clear to the police that it’s the same perpetrator. Prosecutor Jana Berzelius is in charge of the investigation and soon finds a connection with the Simon Norell case, a young man who murdered his entire family and since then been has detained in the forensic psychiatry ward in Vadstena. But Simon won’t talk. Someone has to gain his trust before the time runs out, and the only one who can do that is the man who lingers like a threatening shadow over Jana’s life – Danilo Peña.

The fifth book in the series about Jana Berzelius, Are You Sleeping is a crime novel about being forced to meet your own, violent past. About family, relationships and reconciliation.

First published by HarperCollins Nordic in 2019

Denmark, JP/Politikens
Estonia, Eesti Ramat
Finland, HarperCollins Nordic
France, HarperCollins FR
Germany, Blanvalet
Iceland, MTH Publishing
Latvia, Latvijas Mediji
The Netherlands, De Fontein
Norway, Gyldendal
Poland, Sonia Draga
Sweden, HarperCollins Nordic

I finished this book in three days although I would have been more than happy to read it all in one go but the realisation that I would have to wait at least a year until the next one made me decide to try and make the book last a little bit longer. So what can you say about Are You Sleeping? Amazing! I love it! This book is pure excitement from start to finish and I can’t help but wonder how Emelie Schepp comes up with her ideas. The intrigue is fresh and unsettling, it’s unlike anything I’ve read before. So, Emelie, please start writing the next entry as soon as possible, I can’t wait to read it!
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The book series about Jana and Danilo is fascinating to me. Once again it’s full throttle and great dialogue and I only wish that these books would turn into a movie franchise with a strong woman in the lead roll. The suspense lasts through the whole book and I just can’t stop reading, won’t stop reading. The cliffhanger at the end makes me want to read part six right now.
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Emelie Schepp has once again managed to write a thrilling book starring Jana Berzelius.
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Emelie Schepps latest book, Are You Sleeping, is a real page turner, just when you thought you figured it all out the author serves you an unforeseen twist. There is a reason why Emelie was crowned crime author of the year three years in a row. Her books about Jana Berzelius are brilliant and the research is so deep and thorough which makes the story feel real and relatable. Are You Sleeping is fast paced and well written, a real page turner and I’m really looking forward to the next book!
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The Adlibris Prize 2019, Best Crime Novel
The Storytel Awards 2020, Best Suspense Novel