Donne che non perdonano – Women Without Mercy

By Camilla Läckberg

Ingrid Steen is a former journalist who abandoned her career when her husband Tommy Steen was promoted to editor in chief at grand newspaper Kvällsbladet. Since then she has been raising their daughter and lately spending all the more time maintaining the image of their perfect marriage. In reality, she is more and more certain her husband is having an affair. Hoping to find out, she attaches a dictaphone inside the lining of his coat.

Viktoria Brunberg is miserable, tied to the stove in a house in Sillbo outside of Heby, a small society in the middle of Sweden. In Russia, where she’s from, she had a great life in many aspects: she had money, love, friends and respect. But after having a price on her head she had to leave everything behind. Her mother advised her to go to Sweden, where many men were in search of a wife online. That’s how she met Malte, who looked nice on the pictures and paid for her flight ticket.

Birgitta Nilsson is a primary school teacher with two years left until her pension. She has been married to Jacob since they were both very young and even though her husband has always been distant and cold to her, Birgitta loves him and their twin sons endlessly.

In Women Without Mercy – the first novella – we get to follow Ingrid, Birgitta and Viktoria, three very different women with one thing in common: they are trapped inside destructive marriages. They find each other on an internet forum and make an agreement: Each one of them will commit the perfect murder on one husband. They will all kill one man and at the same time set one woman free.


First published by Einaudi in Italy, November 13th 2018


Australia, HarperCollins
Canada, HarperCollins
Catalonia, Ara Llibres
Czech Republic, Albatros Media
Denmark, Strawberry Publishing DK
Finland, Otava
France, Actes Sud
Germany, Ullstein
Great Britain, HarperCollins
Greece, Metaixmio
Italy, Einaudi
The Netherlands, House of Books
Norway, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag
Poland, Czarna Owca
Portugal, Suma de Letras/PRH
Spain, Grupo Planeta
Sweden, Forum


Feminist and feminine. A perfect plot from a champion of world fiction.
la Repubblica

It’s a small book, 142 pages, and it’s a bomb! […] In front of this revenge without mercy, you are without voice. In apnea. 
Le Parisien / Aujourd’hui en France

Caustic and cheerful.

The new thriller from Camilla Läckberg fulfills once again all its promises. One  more time you turn the pages without stopping. 
France Dimanche

Camilla Läckberg’s new novel takes us on a journey through the human soul.
Modes et Travaux

In very few words too, she makes the reality tip into a chain of irremediable choices, from which we come out knocked out. A flawless one.
Virginie Jannière, CNews

Camilla Läckberg returns with a story about women. There are three of them, they suffer from violence by men, they will help each other without knowing each other. A short, intense story, a hellish race for freedom.
Page des libraires

[…] it seems simple, yes, but it’s Camilla Läckberg, so you can expect everything. Frankly, this suspense novel will drive you crazy. What a talent! 
Isabelle de Montvert-Chaussy, Sud-Ouest

Since her last novel published in 2019, The Golden Cage, the author defends women oppressed by men, resolutely engaging in the wave #MeToo.
La Semaine de Metz/Nancy

This Novella (…) is an intriguing, surprising thriller with more than striking messages!
Le Pays Briard