Sarek The Couples Trip

Three friends have since long enjoyed an annual tradition of hiking in the far north of Sweden. Anna and Henrik have a hard time saying no when Milena wants her boyfriend Jacob to tag along this year. Anna is overwhelmed by the notion that she recognizes him from somewhere, but can’t quite seem to place him. The hike soon turns into a nightmare when it emerges that bringing Jacob was a fateful decision that will change their lives forever.

“One of the best suspense novels I’ve read.”
—Camilla Grebe

Sarek is a small masterpiece that offers its readers uninterrupted spine-chilling suspense, and I envy every person who has not read it yet. Incredibly well written!”
—Kristina Ohlsson


The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Debut) Sweden 2022
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Award (Crime Debut of the Year) Sweden 2022
Shortlisted for Book of the Year Award Sweden 2022
Close award list


  • “Ulf Kvensler has a sure sense for horror ambiences, tempo, human aggression, and nature’s relentless dangers alike, and also manages to twist and turn the plot several times around towards the end.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “This is the kind of book that has the reader in a tight grip from the very first page. ”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “[Ulf Kvensler] knows exactly what to do to catch the reader’s attention and how to keep it until the very last page. /…/ Fast pace, clever dialogue, clues and misleadings. While the characters are trying to stay alive, the reader is on a quest for the truth; one can sense the direction, but Kvensler also manages confound. Can he write a novel? Yes. Is the book bound to be made into a movie? You bet!”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “With precise prose, skillful shifts between past and present, a well-paced and intriguing plot, grand settings, a dialogue filled with underlying tension that drives the plot forward, interesting characters, and a razor-sharp portrayal that captures both details and larger contexts, the author Ulf Kvensler has written what has to be one of this year’s must-reads.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “This is one of those books that grabs the reader from the very first page and refuses to let go.”

    Norrköpings Tidningar, Sweden

  • “This excellent and horrifying hiking tale is an utterly immersive page-turner with a highly engaging psychological drama between the four hikers. /…/ Ulf Kvensler’s background as a screenwriter shines through in this assured and well-composed narrative. Adding to that we have the milieu depictions from Sarek National Park. At times sunny with fragrant and vibrant splendor; at times snowy, rainy, cold and with a landscape enveloped in fog. Wuthering heights and pernicious depths. I’d warmly recommend Sarek to all those who enjoys the combination of suspense, horror and epic nature settings.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “Kvensler delivers a riveting first novel, a psychological thriller with agonizing suspense and an unexpected ending. Masterful.”

    La République, France

  • “The plot keeps you in its grip until the very last page of this psychological thriller. A success.”

    La Voix Du Nord, France

  • “Both a thriller and a nature depiction, Sarek is his debut novel and it is a masterpiece.”

    ici Paris, France

  • “Everything is expertly executed, the suspense almost has a physical presence at times.”

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “The rhythm of the novel is supple and dense and its atmosphere thrilling.”

    Savon Sanomat, Finland

  • “This thriller grabs you immediately, and keeps you in its grip. You are invested in the characters, and Kvensler throws enough ingredients into the pot along the way so that you never lose interest.”

    Bok365, Norway

Photo: Thron Ullberg Ulf Kvensler
  • Thriller
Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Arab World, Dar Al Muna

Bulgaria, Emas

Canada, Hanover Square Press

Croatia, Znanje

Czech Republic, Dobrovsky

Denmark, Alpha

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, WSOY

France, La Martinière

Germany, Penguin

Greece, Psichogios

Hungary, Partvonal

Italy, SEM

Netherlands, de Boekerij

Norway, Bonnier Norsk

Poland, Marginesy

Romania, Crime Scene Press

Serbia, Vulkan

Slovenia, HKZ

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Ukraine, KM Books

US, Hanover Square Press

More From Ulf Kvensler