I read Åsa Ericsdotter breathlessly, and had to struggle to put the book down.
… well-written and unbearable suspense. I read the final third of the book in one hungry sitting, absorbed by Landon’s search for the kidnapped Helena and the truth.
Entertaining and horrifying read, absolutely thrilling.
Sveriges Radio Kultur
… stark and totally thrilling dystopia.
Perhaps the most terrifying thing about the novel is how much of the rhetoric is recognizable in the current political climate. The Epidemic is fascinating as a thought experiment. I devoured the 400 pages in what seemed like an instant.
It’s a real page-turner with nerve, and I hardly dared to put the book down. And, above all, it is an important warning sign at a time when health fascism has gone too far, as the politics described in the book are, unfortunately, not totally unthinkable.
Åsa Ericsdotter coldly deploys the nightmarish scenario (…), like an irrepressible gear, with all the dikes of democracy which jump in the process like a fetus. That does not preclude a criticism from the flame thrower.
Sabrina Champenois, LIBÉRATION.FR
A dystopia that holds up a distorting mirror to us and questions us about how we perceive “the other” in his difference.
Marc Rauscher (librairie Majuscule-Birmann), PAGE DES LIBRAIRES
It is undoubtedly a perfectly tense thriller of great emotional power. (…) this novel which stages the process of the disintegration of democracy, the shift towards a society of surveillance and mass control, the acquiescence of the population to the progressive restrictions of public freedoms in the name of health security, the the rise of rejection and hatred of the other as of the fascination for a leader, raises fascinating questions.
Michel Abescat, FRANCE INTER
The tension builds up as the chapters of this book struggle to let go.
Anne-Sophie Hache, LA VOIX DU NORD
Åsa Ericsdotter’s talent is to avoid the fable genre and to give the novel frightening realism. The mechanisms of the establishment of this totalitarianism of well-being are described with a subtlety which makes the whole perfectly credible.
Jérôme Leroy, CAUSEUR
The Epidemic by Åsa Ericsdotter is a huge blow to the liver, a cry of alarm (…). It is a great essay on the rise of totalitarianism and on how the population can allow an increasingly aggressive policy to be carried out against a part of it.
The Epidemic is also a breathtaking thriller, with chiseled writing and also a beautiful story of love and hate. A treat to devour without putting on an ounce .
Pierrick Faye, LES ECHOS.FR
It’s as scary as it can be and told in a compelling and effective way.
Sylvie Sagnes, ONLALU.COM