If you wish for a very Nordic read, this is it. Forests, snow landscape, ice, long winter nights and very quiet people, it really conveys a marvellous feel of the Great North. It is the story, poetic and strange, of the intense but short-lived friendship between two young girls. There is shyness, understanding, secrets, longings, fear, and the book describes beautifully a very mysterious relationship. Then one of the girls disappears...This is a book to experience rather than talk about. It leaves a palpable sense of the cold, white immensity and profound isolation of deep Norway. Written with a beautiful, lyrical, sparse prose, it is a vivid, unforgettable story.