“There’s no doubt what spring of 2020 will be remembered for, but apart from the pandemic it’s also a really powerful time for debut authors in Swedish suspense literature. I just had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Beneath the Surface by Lina Areklew which is definitely a gem. [..] Areklew builds a fantastic story, truly well written and thrilling with many unexpected twists and turns. All through we have incredibly skilled character portrayals, impressive setting depictions, mainly from the High Coast, and a thought-through storytelling where different perspectives in different times build strong suspense for the page-turning reader, towards a dramatic resolution with a great twist at the end. I’m convinced that this book will be a bestseller and I’m already looking forward to meeting Sofia and Fredrik again!”
Areklew’s character gallery feels real. She also builds the tension skillfully with in many different moments, sidetracks and chronological shifts all the way to the dramatic reveal of the killer. A plus for the humoristic finnish.
– Kerstin Rydén, BTJ-häftet nr 12, 2020.