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Late one summer night in 1983, a five-year-old boy disappears from a remote ranch on the southern Swedish plains. The only trace he leaves behind is a shoe out in the cornfields. Despite the joined efforts of the community, the boy remains missing and rumors and suspicions run wild. When the fumbling investigation is finally closed, the sorrow and uncertainty cause the boy’s family to slowly fall to pieces.

Twenty years later, the missing boy’s older sister Veronica is guiding a group therapy session in Stockholm. Suddenly a young man joins the group and begins to share stories from his childhood, bewildering memories of a boy’s disappearance. His story is frighteningly familiar and unsettles Veronica. Reluctantly she is forced to put the fragile peace she has built at risk and return to southern Sweden and the broken family she left behind. She must find the answer to the question everyone had turned away from. What really happened that summer night?

Reviews

  • “A sorrowful and harrowingly realistic murder mystery about the rough fringes of society, power and despair, those who return and those who escape forever.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “[Anders de la Motte] has a firm command of the narrative and psychological depiction. Veronica becomes a thoroughly alive character, and it’s easy to get caught up in her pain and struggle.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “Atmospheres are built, and are almost tangible. /…/ [End of Summer is] a rare crime fiction novel, well written, engaging and melancholic. It can’t be put down, the plot impresses, and the conclusion surprises. /…/ Last year, Anders de la Motte received the award for 2015’s best crime fiction novel. This book is just as brilliant.”

    Tara, Sweden

  • End of Summer is a truly suspenseful Swedish crime fiction novel that succeeds in breathing new life into the worn clichés of the genre. /…/ The environmental depictions of nature and furnishings are exquisite and suggestive. It’s the kind of book you’ll read in one sitting, and one you can’t put down until you’ve reached the surprising ending.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • End of Summer is beautifully written and both captivates and chafes. Anders de la Motte shows yet again that one shouldn't think one knows him completely. He's exactly the kind of author the genre needs more of. ”

    Norra Skåne, Sweden

  • “In End of Summer [Anders de la Motte] shows that he also masters the slow suspense narrative, and a totally different kind of story-building. ”

    Östgöta Correspondenten, Sweden

  • “Absolutely one of the best books this year. /.../ The book is a crime fiction novel, but just as much a family drama. It’s extremely exciting, and totally unpredictable. Fantastic and credible characters. And very, very gripping. ”

    Bims blogg, Sweden

  • “From having previously written a little more hard-boiled, urban crime fiction, Anders de la Motte has now crafted a crime fiction novel where the events take place in the countryside of southern Sweden. The suspense is more about a small community’s secrets and the resulting unease when secrets are revealed, and the past catches up with the present. The novel is reminiscent of [Henning Mankell’s] early books about Wallander, and I must admit that I couldn’t let go of the book, not even when I had finished it.”

    Lundins Bokhandel, Sweden

  • End of Summer is the kind of crime fiction that leans towards being a psychological thriller, uncommon in contemporary Sweden. This time, Anders de la Motte’s finely tuned language is also given more room as the pace is slowed down in comparison with his previous novels, and the depiction of the southern Swedish countryside is characterized by both credibility and an air of magic. In this book there’s quite simply a sense of presence largely lacking in the Swedish crime fiction scene of today. ”

    CrimeGarden, Sweden

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Author
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Published
2016
Genre
  • Suspense
Pages
380
Reading material

English sample

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Estonia, Varrak

Germany, Droemer Knaur

Hungary, General Press

Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Czarna Owca

Russia, Corpus

Sweden, Forum

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