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Hoffman & Grens #5

The two girls were only four years old when they went missing on the same day. Now, they rest forever in the same graveyard. Except neither the girl beneath the white wooden cross, nor the girl named Linnea, are in their coffins.

To understand how the two girls are connected, criminal detective Ewert Grens and infiltrator Piet Hoffman have to enter into the darkest of worlds and fight their toughest, dirtiest and most dangerous battle yet.

After the international bestseller Knock Knock comes Anders Roslund’s stand-alone sequel Sweet Dreams – a breathtaking thriller where the difference between life and death is three years.

“Nerve-racking and abysmally dark suspense with a masterly resolution. Anders Roslund is a marvellously talented author.”
–Erik Axl Sund


Shortlisted for MAX Zilveren Vleermuis award (Best Thriller of the Year) Netherlands 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden 2020
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  • “Once again Roslund has proven to be one of the best and most ethically sustainable authors within Nordic crime fiction.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “[A] breathtakingly exciting and truly well-written crime novel. Grens is an excellent protagonist, and the plot is both sinister and relevant. The book serves as thought-provoking entertainment. /…/ It is also a powerful tale of morality and fate. /…/ [Sweet Dreams] ranks at the top of Nordic crime novels.”

    DBC, Denmark

  • Sweet Dreams is unrelentingly thrilling. /…/ The portrayal of Ewert Grens digs deeper than ever before and mercilessly demonstrates what loneliness, endless grief, and a stubborn denial of the passage of time can to do a human. The combination of edge-of-the-seat thrills – and the occasional bit of explosive action – along with strong portrayals of both investigative police, next of kin and Grens and Hoffman, makes this a piece of crime poetry of the very darkest shades.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “It’s both better and worse than ever before, an utterly fantastic text that immerses us in the darkest of worlds. /…/ This is both a poignant and an essential read! /…/ With Anders Roslund, one sometimes has to pause in pure awe, much in the same way one will at times be compelled to stop before a particularly captivating piece of art in an art museum. /…/ Dramatic, thrilling, and very disturbing. /…/ Yet another masterpiece by this brilliant star! It feels as if [Roslund] is more secure in his narration than ever before; sometimes the prose manages to be breathtakingly seductive and pulse triggering at the same time.”

    Kapprakt, Sweden

  • “Devilishly thrilling. /…/ Anders Roslund’s novel Sweet Dreams kept me awake far into the early hours in order to finish reading.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “A riveting and well-written thriller about a difficult subject matter.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “Anders Roslund has created a most thrilling tale.”

    Ölandsbladet, Sweden

  • “An extremely nerve-racking page-turner. /…/ [Anders Roslund] manages to walk the fine line between writing a text where the primary purpose is, and so to speak has to be, a thrilling page-turner, and showing insight and deep respect for the complexities and bottomless tragedies in the hell these affected children are living in. /…/ Roslund succeeds with this difficult balancing act. Here, there are many pitfalls that are skillfully avoided. The novel as a crime narrative is extremely nerve-racking. The thrill-generating devices are continuously staged, and at just the right moments. The fight against the clock is one of the most used among these devices, diligently employed in the previous novels about Grens and Hoffman, but once again it works brilliantly. Above all there is something about the language and character portrayals, something that feels stripped down and vulnerable, that makes this new novel completely unputdownable.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “Pulse-raiser about nightmare case. /…/ Once again Roslund manages to craft a page turner that raises your pulse with every page. /…/ Grens’ own journey is nicely intertwined with the plot. /…/ Clever intrigue and twists. For those who seek thrills with a glance at hell. ”

    Tara, Sweden

  • “[Roslund] is a brilliantly talented crime writer that has succeeded once again.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “This is a novel bound to disrupt your sleep, that’s unputdownable and guaranteed to trigger your pulse watch.”

    Göteborgsposten, Sweden

Photo: Emil Eiman-Roslund Anders Roslund
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Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Arab World, Al Arabi

Bulgaria, Ciela

Croatia, Znanje

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Finland, WSOY

France, Fayard

Germany, Ullstein

Greece, Livanis

Hungary, 21. Század

Iceland, Ugla

Israel, Sela

Italy, Einaudi

Japan, Hayakawa

Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC

Lithuania, LWU Publishers

Netherlands, De Geus

North Macedonia, Antolog

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Poland, Albatros

Portugal, Porto

Romania, Litera

Russia, Eksmo

Serbia, Laguna

Slovenia, Mladinska Knjiga

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, Harvill Secker

US, Putnam

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