By Carin Gerhardsen

Three year-old Hanna wakes up completely alone in a locked flat. She knows that her daddy is in Japan – but where is her mummy? Could it be that she has moved out, leaving Hanna behind?

The following morning, Petra Westman from the Hammarby Police finds an unconscious infant in some shrubbery, and shortly thereafter stumbles upon the mother’s dead body hidden inside a gritbin. The strange thing is that nobody seems to be missing them.

But just as an investigation is launched, the Hammarby Police is faced with yet another case. A teenage girl has been found murdered onboard Cinderella – one of Viking Line’s cruiseships – and during a visit to her family home, it soon becomes clear that her younger sister is likely to meet a similar fate.

Both cases turn out to be difficult challenges for detective chief inspector Conny Sjöberg and his colleagues, especially as the team itself is afflicted with internal troubles and personal tragedies.


First published by Ordfront Förlag, 2009

Pages 343


China, Beijing Love Angel Publishing Ltd.
Czech Republic,Vysehrad Spol. s.r.o.
Denmark, People’s Press
Finland, Minerva Kustannus
France, Fleuve Noir/Univers Poche
Germany, Lübbe
Hungary, Athenaeum
Iceland, Forlagid
Israel, Penn Publishing
Japan, Tokyo Sogen-sha
Lithuania, UAB Nordina
The Netherlands, Querido
Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke
Poland, Rebis
Spain, Planeta
Sweden, Bookmark
Sweden, Ordfront Ljud (audiobook)
Sweden, Pocketförlaget (paperback)
Turkey, Pegasus
UK, Penguin


Skilfully written and well composed intrigue – this holds promise for the next book. There are definitely some threads that I want to follow to the end.
Anders Wennberg, Gefle Dagblad

For the sedulous crime reader the plot in Mamma, pappa, barn may not appear particularly original. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not skilfully and cleverly told, or that the characters aren’t individualised in a satisfying manner. It doesn’t mean either that Carin Gerhardsen hasn’t – in my opinion – a good hand with settings and style. And, besides from that, she has yet another praiseworthy quality: she reflects over the meaning of the story that she is telling, and she does it in an unpretentious yet thought-provoking manner.
John-Henri Holmberg, Sydsvenskan

It is a very nice book, if you’re allowed to say that about crime novels, because, to the very end, we keep trying to piece together all the small clues that Carin Gerhardsen has scattered for us.
Ulrika Larsson, P4 Halland