We Know You Remember

HarperCollins. (High Coast, Bk. 1). Sept. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780063115064. $28. THRILLER
Alsterdal, already a best-selling author in her native Sweden, makes her American debut with this series launch, which was named Swedish Crime Novel of the Year. Police officer Eira Sjödin has left Stockholm and returned to her childhood home in the rural north of Sweden to care for her mother, who has dementia. On Midsummer’s Eve, Eira gets called out to the scene of a suspicious death: Sven Hagström has been found dead in the shower by his son Olof. Eira immediately recognizes the name from her childhood; 23 years ago, Olof had confessed to the rape and murder of a teenage girl named Lina, although Lina’s body was never found. As Eira and her fellow police officers investigate, it seems that past crimes may hold clues to this recent death, and someone close to Eira may have answers she won’t like.
VERDICT While still full of very grim crimes, this mystery’s setting in the countryside during the summer makes for a less bleak setting than usual for the genre. Alsterdal plots enough twists to keep the police procedural interesting and writes a great woman protagonist; fans of international mystery will be happy to discover her.
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