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Echoes From The Dead: Oland Quartet series 1

Echoes From The Dead: Oland Quartet series 1 [Kindle Edition]

Johan Theorin
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'An impressive debut novel ...Theorin's excellence in conveying bleak atmosphere is matched by his insight into sensitive family relationships.'
-- Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES, 26 July 08

'Evocative and haunting, with a subtle sense of menace that grows with each page. An outstandingly original thriller'
-- Simon Beckett, author of THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH

'Fascinating storyline, authentic characters and accomplished writing make this a top read.'
-- Deadly Pleasures magazine

'Theorin brilliantly infuses his secluded locale with menace - and acute social commentary.'
-- THE TIMES, 8 June 09

'There is warmth in Theorin's narrative and the gradual piecing together of the story leads to an unexpected denouement.'
-- SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 20 July 2008


'Theorin brilliantly infuses his secluded locale with menace - and acute social commentary.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS9A2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the Baltic Island of Öland. His mother's family - sailors, fishermen and farmers - have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island's rich legacy of strange tales and folklore.

Echoes from the Dead (originally published in Sweden as Skumtimmen) is Johan's first novel. In 2007, it was voted Best First Crime Novel by the Swedish Academy of Crime, was a Top Ten bestseller in Sweden, and has been sold all over the world. His second novel, The Darkest Room (originally published as Nattfåk) was voted the Best Swedish Crime Novel of 2008, won the prestigious Glass Key Award for best Nordic Crime Novel, and was a Swedish Number One bestseller.

A journalist by profession, Johan is currently working on the third novel in his Öland quartet of books, all of which are set on the island which means so much to him.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it's told - a luxurious read 23 July 2011
By J. Coy
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If you live life in the fast last then Johan Theorin is probably not your author - the lead character is an old retired man - Gerlof (pronounced "Yairloff")- and he expresses what I think encapsulates Theorin's luxurious style of story-telling: "I think it's best to tell stories at their own pace. Before, people always took their time over telling stories, but now everything has to be done so quickly" (P.214) - so if you want to take your time over a story then you will love this style of writing (then, I am retired also!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two mysteries in one book 1 Feb 2010
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This book really grips from the very beginning.

It is about an old unsolved missing child case that is resurrected when the grandfather of the missing child receives a small sandal in the post. Thus begins a very addictive story which also embraces an intertwined mystery about the fate of a local character who could conceivably be responsible for abducting his young grandson.

Definitely a five star read for this genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow to build, but a rewarding read 17 Jan 2013
Set on the Swedish island of Oland, this 'missing person' story delves into the psychology of loss and the psychology of greed.

The mystery isn't just that a small boy went missing twenty years ago - there is added intrigue in that an unknown someone has just sent the boy's grandfather one of the shoes that the the boy was wearing on the day that he disappeared. Who might have done this and why? What is different now?

The boy's mother, Julia, returns to Oland and, for the first time in twenty years, engages with the problem. At the same time, she becomes acquainted with island history that, up until now, has escaped her awareness. Could it be possible that her son's disappearance is linked to this history?

I enjoyed this story for the atmospheric descriptions of the island of Oland and even more for the painful spotlight on relationships between people. There is a particularly agonising one which was so painful to read. How could Theorin do that to one of his characters?

Slow to build, this book is for those of you who favour psychology over body count and was, for me at least, a very rewarding read.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st rate and will leave you guessing! 22 Aug 2008
Another great scandinavian writer. Very descriptive of area and very good plot.
A boy goes missing and 20 years later his shoe turns up in the post! This is a very gripping read. Keeps leading you to think you have solved it and then you have to think again! I didn't figure it out until the very last moment.
Would recommend this to anyone that likes crime or mystery novels. Will certainly be looking out for next book and getting people to read this.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Scandinavian crime writer 12 Sep 2009
I am a huge fan of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, Kirsten Eknan et al, and following a trip to the Swedish island of Gotland last year was very keen to read this book set on the island of Oland. I found it absolutely gripping and highly evocative of a Swedish island out of season, beautiful yet windswept and empty. The story moved from past to present quite seamlessly, and the relationship between the daughter whose son disappeared and her father was very well depicted. One scene in the book is so creepy I had to wait for daylight to read it! I recommended it to a friend who has just gone to work in Sweden, and he devoured it in a train journey from Stockholm to Copenhagen, and tells me that the next book is even better. A writer to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, good ending 17 Oct 2011
By Reddy
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Another Scandinavian crime story but there's no grumpy detective in this one, instead Theorin has made the Swedish island of Oland the star of his story. It's an atmospheric read which makes great use of the location of this out-of-season holiday island where Jens, a small boy has disappeared without trace twenty years ago. A new clue suddenly comes to light so Julia, his lonely depressed mother, and her aged father, Gerlof, attempt to solve the mystery of what has become of him. The story of their investigations is combined with the history of Nils Kant, the local psychopath, who may or may not have been alive and on Oland at the time of Jens' disapperance.
This is generally a well-paced thriller although the characterisation was a bit light and it could have done with a bit more editing as about half-way through I began to lose interest slightly. But I'm glad I persevered as the story builds to a good climax and the mystery is satisfyingly resolved. Overall, a promising first book by Theorin and I hope to read his other novels set on Oland.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 July 2010
By Muddy
Really enjoyed it. The plot is good, the characterisaion well done, and the setting is atmospheric. Praise must also go to the translator. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story. 30 Aug 2012
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Echoes From the Dead is not your usual police procedural, but an exploration into the fall-out of a five year-old boy's disappearance, and the hope that his (now single) mother might find him still alive.
Theorin has huge empathy for people in distress, and this shows. I loved Gerlof too. Also the island of Oland where this is set, which is a character in itself. I liked the skilful unravelling. The lies, the ratcheting up of tension. Not knowing whom to trust...
A great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Takes a bit to get your teeth into, but when you do your hooked to the island atmosphere and history. Good book, well written
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S L Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book loved it suspenseful and no clue whodunit until the end
Great book well written. You really get a sense of the place and surroundings and all characters really plausible. Can't wait to read the next in the Oland series!
Published 3 months ago by pandorapolar
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale well told
This is my first book by this author and it won't be the last. The story unfolded with clarity of prose and intelligent planning and held my interest from start to finish. Read more
Published 6 months ago by marionq
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant.
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Held me to the last page. I enjoyed the fact it wasn't over complicated with lots of characters that you had a job remembering who... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Margaret Phipps
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd in th Oland series
I feel that the book could have been shorter.
On the whole it is well told with insights into Swedish folklore, early days of pornography production and seafaring. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lester Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes from the dead by Johan Theorin
Well written. Good story. Good ending. Good page turner. All in all worth a read. What more can I say?!
Published 9 months ago by Tessa Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth beginning here.
I first read the second book in the non-sequential and very loose "series". This, the first, is where I would recommend starting. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Showmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes from the Dead
In 1972, five year old Jens disappears from the island of Őland in Sweden, after wandering from his grandparents' house. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes From The Dead
A superb first crime novel by this author. It is set on an unusual island off the east coast of Sweden, which is bursting with tourists in the summer, but dies in the winter. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. G. Spry
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather depressing.
Even though the book was reasonably enjoyable I did find it rather depressing and long winded, found myself skipping a lot of detail which to me did not seem very relevant and was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by janet giblin
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