This is Swedish noir for young adults, a murder mystery, and a coming of age story all in one. Our heroine is 16 years old, living in a rough and tough rural Swedish community, where moonshining and being on the wrong side of the law is not uncommon.
The book opens with the police knocking on the front door, searching for Vega’s older brother, Jakob, in connection with the afore mentioned murder. Vega sets out to find Jakob before the police do, amongst people and haunts she should best avoid. Meanwhile, she’s also sorting out her sexual attraction to two young men.
Vega is a bold and resilient heroine, who sets out to unflinchingly confront the dangers in her path. The wintery bleak Swedish setting and the build-up in atmospheric tension is brilliantly done.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It felt very real, and I would recommend it for year 10 upwards.
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