• Monika is driven to succeed as a doctor - but cannot allow herself any personal happiness. Maj-Britt is desperate to be left alone - but why does she shun society? A tragic accident brings these two strangers together, forcing them to confront their darkest fears.

    In this psychological thriller, Karin Alvtegen reveals a world where every choice you make has a profound impact on your whole life. And one question must be answered: when fate intervenes, what will you choose to sacrifice?

    Sacrifice was first published as Shame in 2006.

  • Lorsque Helena, Martin et leur fille de 14 ans, Emilie, quittent la vie survoltée de Stockholm pour repartir de zéro dans le nord de la Suède, les rêves d´Helena peuvent s´accomplir : ils restaurent une ferme dans laquelle elle a passé enfant ses vacances d´été, et la transforment en hotel de charme. Mais ce tableau idyllique va voler en éclats le jour où Martin, ne supportant plus les rêves d´Helena, retourne vivre à Stockholm avec une autre femme.  En dépit d´une réussite professionnelle remarquable, Anders Strandberg a conscience de la vacuité de son existence. Un jour qu´il part en voiture vers le nord du pays pour tenter de récupérer une célèbre guitare ayant appartenu aux Beatles - Anders est un collectionneur éclairé et passionné de musique - il est victime d´un grave accident de la route. Et se relève avec l´horrible sentiment d´avoir voulu mourir... Il descend alors dans l´hôtel tenu par Helena et accepte son offre de travail à ses côtés. Pour la première fois, il se sent libre, il n´a rien à prouver ni à défendre. Il peut oublier son passé. Au même moment, la cousine d´Helena, Anna Karin, organise dans le village voisin une réception après les funérailles de leur tante Olga. Secrets et préjugés vont être levés pendant cette réunion de famille, au cours de laquelle les êtres en présence se révèlent capables de changer leur manière de penser vis-à-vis les uns des autres, comme à leur propre égard.  Traduit du suédois par Magdalena Jarvin

  • Anglais Shadow

    Karin Alvtegen

    In a nondescript apartment block in Stockholm, most of the residents are elderly. Usually a death is a sad but straightforward event. But sometimes a resident will die and there are no friends or family to contact. This is when Marianne Folkesson arrives, employed by the state to close up a life with dignity and respect. Gerda Persson has lain dead in her apartment for three days before Marianne is called. When she arrives, she finds the apartment tidy and ordered. Gerda's life seems to have been quite ordinary. Until Marianne opens the freezer and finds it full of books, neatly stacked and wrapped in clingfilm, a thick layer of ice covering them. They are all by Axel Ragnerfeldt, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, with handwritten dedications to Gerda from the author. What story do these books have to tell, about Gerda, and more importantly about Ragnerfeldt, a man whose fame is without precedent in the nation's cultural life, but seldom gives interviews? Shadow is an utterly compelling novel about the lengths and depths people can be driven in order to achieve fame and acclaim, and the effect that this has on those closest to them. It is a story of dark family secrets, and the power of writing, involving murder, betrayal and the holocaust, which will keep readers gripped until its final thrilling revelations.

  • Can murder and mercy go hand in hand? In The Grand Hotel, a homeless woman charms a businessman into paying for dinner and a room. When his dead body is discovered the following morning she becomes the prime suspect. When a second person is killed in similar circumstances, Sybilla, having left her comfortable middle-class upbringing for the anonymity of the streets, becomes the most wanted person in Sweden . . . Missing is a gripping, multi-faceted thriller; more than a murder-hunt, it is also something more profound : an individual's journey to self-awareness and hope.

  • SOMEONE IS WATCHING EVA In the trees at the edge of her garden, a figure lurks in the dark.

    In the hospital, Jonas watches over his girlfriend, who is in a coma. But what, or who, has put her there?

    Through a chance meeting, Eva and Jonas's lives will become disturbingly entwined. And Eva will discover that sometimes, in order to survive, you must betray the ones you love the most . . .

  • Monika is driven to succeed as a doctor - but cannot allow herself any personal happiness. Maj-Britt is desperate to be left alone - but why does she shun society? A tragic accident brings these two strangers together, forcing them to confront their darkest fears.

    In this psychological thriller, Karin Alvtegen reveals a world where every choice you make has a profound impact on your whole life. And one question must be answered: when fate intervenes, what will you choose to sacrifice?

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