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Silvervägen The Silver Road

For the last three years, Lelle has spent his summer nights driving. He traces Route 95 with his car, cutting across northern Sweden’s isolated landscape in a north-westerly direction until he reaches the Norwegian border. Three years ago, his seventeen-year-old daughter went missing on this highway, a colorless stretch of road that the midnight sun now illuminates in front of him. The Silver Road. Her disappearance is tearing Lelle apart from within.

The small town of Glimmersträsk, an almost unnoticeable stop along the Silver Road, sees the arrival of Meja and her mother. Meja is the same age Lelle’s daughter was at the time of her disappearance. As the darkness of fall approaches, Lelle’s and Meja’s destinies become linked. When another girl goes missing, their lives are forever entwined.

Stina Jackson’s debut novel The Silver Road is a haunting and moving work of suspense. A critic’s favorite from day one, it’s a story about community, isolation, never giving up, and about having the strength to go on even in the darkest of times.

“If this book doesn’t win at least the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy debut award and become a Netflix series... well, then I’ll just have to give her the Åsa Larsson Award.”
—Åsa Larsson, author of the Rebecka Martinsson Arctic Murder series

“I really enjoyed The Silver Road. There’s a haunting, intoxicating atmosphere throughout, intensified by the never ending Nordic daylight, which is in stark contrast to the darkness of the families the story follows. A great read.”
—Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad me

“A stunning read. Beautifully written and utterly haunting.”
—Jo Spain, author of The Confession

Reviews

  • “A brilliant debut. /…/ Stina Jackson skillfully twists the perspective time and time again: loneliness can be better than community, the great forests can be safer than a house you can’t leave.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “The summer nights in the north are endlessly bright, but the darkness hides in the forest and Jackson knows just how to describe milieus and people in such a way that the story comes disturbingly alive.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “One of those novels that you read and read and read and never want to leave.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • The Silver Road is a debut that sparkles. Here is a real page-turner, with heart and depth. /.../ How can Stina Jackson describe how much loss hurts so powerfully? She’s a debutant, but her prose is so mature that [the novel] feels like an author’s third book, at the least.”

    Smålandsposten, Sweden

  • “Stina Jacksom makes an explosive debut in 2018 with the suspense novel The Silver Road. /.../ A new West Bothnia writing star has appeared on the night sky.”

    Norrländska Socialdemokraten, Sweden

  • “Suspense and well-depicted sorrow along the Silver Road.”

    Arbetaren, Sweden

  • “Stina Jackson moves a bit outside the standard Swedish suspense pattern, profiling herself in a promising way with her sensitively chiselled, odd character portraits and compelling depictions of relationships.”

    Hufvudstadsbladet, Finland

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Author
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Published
2018
Genre
  • Suspense
Pages
300
Reading material

English edition

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Ciela

China, Citic (Simplified Chinese)

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Finland, Otava

Germany, Goldmann

Greece, Dioptra

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Ugla

Italy, Longanesi

Lithuania, Media Incognito

Norway, Gyldendal

Poland, Świat Ksiazki

Portugal, Presença

Spain, RBA

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, Corvus

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