In the Month of the Midnight Sun Hardcover – 16 Jun 2016
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Ekback...has a tremendous sense of place. Vividly conveying the desolation of the landscape in this haunting novel (The Sunday Times)
A gripping, beautifully written novel that I devoured in a day. Cecilia Ekback has a tremendous feel for the landscape of the north, and her portrayal of the small community who live under the mountain of Blackasen, their suspicion of the outsiders who come amongst them, and the land's own power and hold over their lives and fates, is as thrilling as it is fascinating. (Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites)
The writing is atmospheric, vivid and compelling. (Choice magazine)
Masterfully thrilling. (The Bookbag)
Ekback is a talented writer... this book is never less than absorbing. (The Times)
With In the Month of the Midnight Sun, we're given more ambitious, literate Nordic Noir from Swede Cecilia Ekbäck (writing in English), who provides an elusive poetic feel not common in the genre. An orphaned boy and a privileged, rebellious young women are uneasy fellow travellers through the threatening perpetual daylight of the far north as they move towards a strange destiny. As in Wolf Winter, Ekbäck once again proves that she is in the very front rank of Scandinavian crime writers. (Independent)
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Like a silent fall of snow; suddenly, the reader is enveloped... visually acute, skilfully written; it won't easily erase its tracks in the reader's mind. (Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies)
Exquisitely suspenseful, beautifully written, and highly recommended. (Lee Child)
WOLF WINTER repays reading for the beauty of its prose, its strange compelling atmosphere and its tremendous evocation of the stark, dangerous, threatening place, which exists in the far north and in the hearts of all of us. (Guardian)
A compelling, suspenseful story. (The Sunday Times)
Fans of The Miniaturist will love flashing back to the dark bleakness of 1717 Lapland in Cecilia Ekback's debut. (Grazia)
From the acclaimed author of Wolf Winter comes a second brilliantly written and gripping historical Nordic Noir thriller with all the intrigue and atmosphere of Burial Rites, the pent-up passion of The Piano and the suspense of The Tenderness of Wolves.See all Product description
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The regret I had with this book was that the author seems to think her intelligence and perception about the natural world and man's relationship to it and her exploration of characters who live outside of the narrow confines defined by convention have to be based around the framework of a murder mystery. Indeed, this part of the book is the weakest with the resolution of the crimes being rather unconvincing and too neatly related to the lives of the principal protagonists. This remains a good read, but would have been elevated rather than diminished by an absence of the trail of corpses. Lets hope Ekback and her publishers prove in later works that strong female characters, historical atmosphere and emotionally powerful situations do not always need dead bodies to live and breathe as the elements for a fine novel.
Magnus Stille is son-in-law to the Minister of Justice in Sweden. Magnus is sent up to Svartåsen (The Black Ridge) in Lapland to survey the area. However, he is really there to investigate the circumstances of the murder of the three men who were brutally murdered by a Sami. On the trip is also Magnus sister-in-law Lovisa who have been forced by her father to travel with Magnus because her behavior does not fit how a woman should behave at the time. At least that's what her father thinks. When they arrive at Svartåsen do they notice that something is not right, there is a darkness over the small village that they are staying at in Svartåsen...
I found the book extremely fascinating to read, in addition to the compelling story does the book also give an insight into the Swedes' treatment of the Sami people, how they were christened and how the land was taken away from them. Ekbäck skillfully tells the reader in this book how the Sami have been treated. How they are classified as different kinds of race and that the appearance and the way they live are dumber. Unfortunately, this kind of racism is not unheard of today. The book is extremely interesting, and I love when stories have a supernatural vibe so I found this book especially interesting because the line between reality and the supernatural is often crossed.
In the Month of the Midnight Sun is an amazing book, one of the best historical suspense novels I have read. Besides the mysterious case of the dead men, do I think Ekbäcks description of women's lives in the 1800s in Sweden was fascinating to read about. Magnus sister-in-law Lovisa cannot like her mother and sister adapt to the life that is expected, and because of that will it either be the cloister or madhouse for her. It is up to Magnus what her fate will be. For it is a man's world they live in...
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