Top positive review
on 3 February 2016
Yet again I have obviously not read the same novel as other reviewers because I think The Double Silence is a welcome return to form for Ms Jungstedt after a couple of sub par offerings. After an initial, very mysterious sex scene and a woman returning home and finding her front door open, leaving you to wonder what happened next it is slow to get going as it focuses on a group of 3 couples preparing to go on holiday together and then on their holiday. A windsurfer sees Sam, one of the group, being pushed off a cliff to his death and then it is discovered that Stine, another member of the group, has not been called away for work but is missing. Knutas must discover if she is the perpetrator or another victim.
The Double Silence is not an action packed novel, it is a slow uncovering of facts and innuendo to arrive at the truth and I found it fascinating. The group of friends at the centre of the novel is creepy and insular with their exclusivity, over dependence on each other and determinedly happy faces. One of the detectives describes it as "cult like" but unnatural is more like it, although I have known a couple of similar but not as extreme groups over the years. I think Ms Jungstedt does a good job with its disintegration. Meanwhile the investigation continues as both Knutas and Jacobsson wrestle with personal problems.
I liked The Double Silence and found it an interesting, stress free read - no edge of the seat stuff, more a gentle unraveling of information so if that's what you like this is a good read.