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Compassionate and creepy,
This review is from: Betrayal (Paperback)
Karin Alvtegen impressed previously with Missing and with Shame. This book lies somewhere between the two.
Alvtegen's strongest characters are women - even when they are falling apart. There is a profound sense of empathy for the woman whose life spirals away from her, usually because of some genuine, or misguided, sense of duty and integrity. Such is the case with Eva, the main character here. As with Shame, it is the heat-of-the-moment decision, which seems so reasonable or justifiable, which kicks off a maelstrom of problems.
For my money her male characters are less successful, but this book hangs together well. Jonas is genuinely creepy, in a way that we've all seen in someone at some point in our lives.
Above your average thriller, for me Alvtegen is far more readable than Ruth Rendell's often turgid prose.