The Forbidden Place
By Susanne Jansson
Bad things happen in Mossmarken... and now Nathalie has come home, they seem to be happening again. A dark, brilliant suspense novel from a fantastic new voice in international literature.
A young woman returns to the place she grew up, the village on the edge of the mire. Something seems to be driving her there - perhaps a last chance to confront the terrible tragedy of her childhood. But her arrival coincides with an attack on a young man she has feelings for, a grave is dug in the mire which vanishes a day later, and then the bodies start surfacing. Is the mire calling out for sacrifices, or is it an all-too human evil?
Susanne Jansson was born in 1972 in Åmål, Sweden. She later moved to Gothenburg to work in advertising and then to New York to study photography. After returning to Sweden, she worked as a freelance photographer while studying journalism, and for the past twenty years she has been combining her work as a photographer with being a freelance journalist focusing on reportage and profile stories in areas such as arts and culture. She has also written crime short stories for weekly magazines.She lives with her family in Lerum outside Gothenburg. The Forbidden Place is her debut novel.
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20 Sep 2018
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The atmosphere is what makes me fall, head over heels: a lonely woman who rents out her city apartment and heads out into the wilderness . . . In the Mire is one of the best and most complete debut novels I've ever read — Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter
Susanne Jansson's debut novel is thrilling, at times both creepy and frightening...sent shivers down my spine. — Nya Wermlands tidning
Jansson paints an atmospheric and mysterious portrait of the mire with the help of mist, light, and old legends. It becomes a place where life and death collide, a sort of anteroom to the realm of the dead...one of the absolute best suspense debuts this year — Crimegarden
A well-balanced combination of horror, suspense, folklore, and biology...it leaves you begging for more. — Johannas deckarhörna