Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck
Our Review: Cecilia Ekbäck’s debut novel Wolf Winter is an outstanding debut novel of northern hemisphere noir – a haunting tale of a remote and chilling wrong.
It’s 17th century Swedish Lapland and a young family has just moved to the bleak but stunning Blackäsen Mountain, which has only six holdings across the remote landscape. Within days, 14-year-old Frederika stumbles across the body of a giant of a man. Terrified, she flees back to her mother, but within her she hears the voice of the mountain rumbling. Her mother, Maija, a midwife is tough, pragmatic and resourceful. She scoffs when settlers tell her it was the work of a wolf or a bear.
Unwilling to let murderer live amongst the community, she ventures where few will go and peels back the layers of lies and half-truths in order to uncover the crime.
This is no traditional Swedish crime story; rather it is a stunningly penned literary mystery, with some absolutley breathtaking writing. Possibly the book of the year from the northern climates, this is a sensational read. Review by Nicole Maher @ Great Escape Books