Winner of the 2016 HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award.
'Fans of The Miniaturist will love flashing back to the dark bleakness of 1717 Lapland in Cecilia Ekback's debut.' Grazia
A 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.
There are six homesteads on Blackåsen Mountain.
A day's journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the Church summons her people through the snows. Then, even the oldest enemies will gather.
But now it is summer, and new settlers are come.
It is their two young daughters who find the dead man, not half an hour's walk from their cottage.
The father is away. And whether stubborn, or stupid, or scared for her girls, the mother will not let it rest.
To the wife who is not concerned when her husband does not come home for three days; to the man who laughs when he hears his brother is dead; to the priest who doesn't care; she asks and asks her questions,
digging at the secrets of the mountain.
They say a wolf made those wounds. But what wild animal cuts a body so clean?
Cecilia Ekbäck was born in the north of Sweden; her parents come from Lapland. During her teens, she worked as a journalist and after university specialised in marketing. Over twenty years her work for a multinational took her to Russia, Germany, France, Portugal, the Middle East and the UK.
In 2010, she finished a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She now lives in Calgary with her husband and twin daughters, 'returning home' to the landscape and the characters of her childhood in her writing. Wolf Winter is her first novel and she is at work on her second. You can find out more about Cecilia via her website www.ceciliaekback.com and you can follow her @KarinCecilia on Twitter.
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, No1 bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers
Wolf Winter eminently 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
Swedish Lapland of 1717 is evoked so vividly that it seeps into your bones... A highly intelligent piece of historical Scandi-noir. — The Times
The most brilliantly, dark, eerie, intriguing tale I've ever read. Think The Killing and then square it. — Ruby Wax
Wolf Winter is a beautiful novel, full of wisdom and poetry. Cecilia Ekbäck writes dark, compelling prose steeped in a powerful sense of place. Spellbinding. — Saskia Sarginson, bestselling author of The Twins
A compelling, suspenseful story. — Sunday Times
A terrific debut in the vein of Hannah Kent's BURIAL RITES — The Bookseller
A gripping murder mystery — Good Housekeeping
Cecilia Ekback provides something fresh. . . haunting . . . ugly secrets are soon brought to light at the cost of great danger to Maija and her family. Highly individual fare. — Financial Times
This story of the struggle for survival of a family of Finnish settlers in Swedish Lapland in the early 18th Century is not for the faint hearted. The writer creates a convincing atmosphere of a very strange time in a very strange land... The details of how these people survive in an extraordinary landscape stays with you long after you have finished reading. — Daily Mail
Fans of The Miniaturist will love flashing back to the dark bleakness of 1717 Lapland in Cecilia Ekback's debut. — Grazia
Swedish-born Cecilia Ekback's debut novel is a real page-turner. Similar to Stephen King's writing style and imagination, the novel, which is set in 1717 Lapland, takes us on an exhilarating journey. — OK Magazine
There are shivers aplenty in this cracking, atmospheric debut. — Sunday Express - S Magazine
Hypnotic prose... dark and atmospheric. Readers who enjoyed the winter landscape and magical realism of Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child may also want to try this. — Library Journal (US)
It's rare to come across such an original, compelling and beautifully written novel... supported by richly drawn characters, magical language and so many twists and turns that you'll be reading and shivering into the wee hours. — Pam Lewis, author of Speak Softly, She Can Hear and A Young Wife
As dark as a winter night in the Arctic, as magical as the northern lights, Wolf Winter kept me turning pages long past my bedtime. A marvellous mixture of terror and delight. — Lauren B. Davis, author of The Empty Room and Against a Darkening Sky
This debut by Swedish-born writer creeps up on its reader - steadily immersing them in its distant dangerous world. Eighty pages in, it is a surprise to look up and discover you are not snowbound. — Metro
Rich in history and authentic detail, Wolf Winter is a deeply satisfying read. I highly recommend it. — Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted
Strong sense of place, robust characters and gothiky atmosphere. — Woman & Home
There are shivers aplenty in Cecilia Ekback's cracking atmospheric debut. — Saturday Express Magazine
Memorable and interesting characters, this story will stay with me for a long time. — Cook Create Read blog
A Scandi novel to leave your spine tingling with fear. — Essentials Magazine
An icy mystery unfolds. — Esquire
There are shivers aplenty in Cecilia Ekback's cracking atmospheric debut. — Simple Things magazine
A terrific debut in the vein of Hannah Kent's Burial Rights. — We Love This Book
Cecilia Ekbäck's debut Wolf Winter is an absorbing tale about fear, death and a cursed land. — The National UAE
Just when we though Fortitude might have marked 'peak Scandi', along came Wolf Winter. And it's bloody brilliant . . . Chilling in every sense of the word, it has a mystery with the same tug that The Miniaturist did, as well as a comparably unique sense of place. — The Debrief
An absorbing read — Historical Novels Society
The main storyline itself was brilliant as the murder mystery unfolds through the eyes of both Frederika and her mother, Maija, down two very different routes. One of them embracing the "sorcery" of the old religion and trusting in something primal, the other looking at the cold facts. — Mabismab