On a dark autumn evening, a young girl vanishes without a trace on the island of Sandhamn. Detective inspector Thomas Andreasson takes part in the search, which is complicated by stormy weather. After a few days, they break off the search. They presume that the girl has drowned; that she has taken her own life.
A couple of months later, Sandhamn is covered in snow and ice. Nora Linde has found out about her husband’s infidelity. Distraught, she brings her two sons to the island for some peace and quiet. One day, the children make a gruesome discovery while out playing in the forest. The missing girl is found murdered in the most horrific way. What could have caused such rage?

The story also follows the young boy Thorwald who grows up on the island at the beginning of the last century. And eventually past and present merge in the most unexpected way.

First published by Forum, Sweden, 2010.
311 pages.

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