Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
While the popularity of the Stieg Larsson books have more and more people reading Scandinavian mysteries, Ake Edwardson has been writing and winning awards in Sweden for a number of years. He is one of my favorite Swedish authors because of his complex stories and beautiful settings. The Shadow Woman is the fifth book in his Erik Winter series to be translated into English, but the second book in the series (an unfortunate occurrence that happens frequently to translated books). This psychological mystery is enhanced by the stark Swedish setting, and slowly builds tension throughout the book. For a review of an earlier Erik Winter mystery, check out my review at http://tcpl.org/sarah/2007/03/13-never-end-by-ake-edwardson.html. For readers of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson.
Posted by Tompkins County Public Library at 12:14 PM
This is a gorgeously written examination of two lives that are evolving while struggling with what has happened in their past. Full of melancholy and failures, but also of love and hope, Petterson once again proves he is a writer that draws readers in and then holds them transfixed. The stark Scandinavian scenery is described in a poetic way that adds to the starkness of the story. There is a reason that the Los Angeles Times calls him a “master at writing the spaces between people.” One of the best books I have read this year.
Posted by Tompkins County Public Library at 10:47 AM