Nord

Nord Nord

Having been involved in a fatal accident in his teens, Alex has ended up alone, unemployed and with his self-esteem at rock bottom. When he receives a job offer that seems too good to be true, he doesn’t hesitate for a second. It is a coveted position as Commis de Cuisine, kitchen assistant, at the world-renowned Micheline-starred restaurant NORD in the Swedish Jämtland mountains.

The job is painstakingly tough, and soon further made complicated by Alex falling for the electrifying owner, Alice Duwal, who’s considerably older than Alex and also married. It doesn’t take long before Alex realizes that everything is not what it seems. Alice appears to harbour many secrets, and Alex is drawn into a tangle of lies, sex and threats that seems utterly impossible to escape.

Where do you turn for help when your past refuses to let you go?

Nord is a captivating psychological thriller that delves into the dark underbelly of the fine dining scene. It is the first installment in a diptych exploring power abuse, vulnerability, and exploitation.

Reviews

  • “A novel for connoisseurs /…/ Intrigues, power plays and a lot of good food.”

    TV4 Nyhetsmorgon, Sweden

  • Nord is a well-written psychological suspense novel with a captivating main character, whose backstory resonates nicely with what happens later in the narrative. The motifs of being manipulated and not being able to escape the situation, as well as being crucified on social media, serves to engage the reader’s empathy. The social and geographical environments are well-drawn, especially the work in the restaurant kitchen. The dialogues packs a punch and propels the action forward. The plot lines neatly come together.”

    ★★★★

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “The novel is skilfully composed, the descriptions of the work at the restaurant are nicely woven together with the story of Alex and Alice. The tension is kept up with little means and it’s hard not to keep reading because it’s almost impossible to figure out what has happened and how Alex will get out of the increasingly difficult situation that he’s in.””

    DAST Magazine, Sweden

  • “A stand-out and powerful suspense experience, especially recommended for the foodies.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “An exciting menu – full of sex, lies and culinary delights!”

    Femina, Sweden

  • [Nord] has elements that make the story of this particular astray protagonist feel highly unique and unexpected. The authentic depictions of the competitive restaurant world is one example, where meticulous descriptions of food courses are interspersed with scenes where the kitchen staff exert themselves in the preparations ahead of another celebrity visit. /…/ The authors Katarina Ekstedt and Anna Winberg Sääf manages to uphold a different kind of tension and uncertainty up until the very last page, namely the one about just how badly this can really end. It’s often unsettling, on the verge of surreal, but since the plot is set in such an exclusive and isolated restaurant universe, the events feel fully credible given the framing. The fast-paced scenes flow easily and have something cinematic about them. I finished Nord in one go, both curious and anxious on how things would turn out for Alex.

    Östersunds-Posten, Sweden

  • “Here there’s an originality and storytelling joy that is contagious, in a positive way.”

    Kapprakt, Sweden

  • Nord is a thriller that truly captures the reader. The milieu around Åre is well-depicted and adds to the atmosphere of the novel. The kitchen-setting of the starred restaurant is also credible.”

    Ölandsbladet, Sweden

  • “A unique and strong crime novel experience.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

Author
Sääf Ekstedt
Published
2022
Genre
  • Thriller
Pages
266
Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Croatia, Fraktura

Czech Republic, Zlin

Germany, HarperCollins

Serbia, Laguna

Sweden, Bookmark

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