Tove Alsterdal is one of Sweden’s most renowned suspense writers. Her novels have been published in 19 countries and she has won literary prizes in Sweden and France. Her third novel, The Disappeared, earned her the award for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year in 2014 and was a finalist for the Glass Key Award.

Tove Alsterdal made her debut in 2009 with The Forgotten Dead and has since written four critically acclaimed stand-alone novels. Alsterdal’s second novel, Buried in Silence, was on the shortlist for the Best Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2012, a prize she won in 2014 for The Disappeared. It was followed by Do Not Turn Around in 2016, which has gone on to become a national bestseller.

Known for her rare lyricism and nuanced portrayals of both historical and contemporary social issues, Alsterdal stands out as a master of the genre with a prodigious conscience. To read her books is to be thrilled, but also to be touched by characters reverberating with life.

Tove Alsterdal was born in Malmö in 1960 and grew up in the north of Sweden and in Jakobsberg outside of Stockholm. During her younger years she worked as an attendant at the psychiatric hospital in Beckomberga, a place that she has portrayed in her novels. Before making a career as a suspense writer Alsterdal worked as a journalist and playwright for more than twenty years.

Alsterdal currently lives in Stockholm with her family.

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Tove Alsterdal made her debut in 2009 with The Forgotten Dead and has since written four critically acclaimed stand-alone novels. Alsterdal’s second novel, Buried in Silence, was on the shortlist for the Best Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2012, a prize she won in 2014 for The Disappeared. It was followed by Do Not Turn Around in 2016, which has gone on to become a national bestseller.

Known for her rare lyricism and nuanced portrayals of both historical and contemporary social issues, Alsterdal stands out as a master of the genre with a prodigious conscience. To read her books is to be thrilled, but also to be touched by characters reverberating with life.

Tove Alsterdal was born in Malmö in 1960 and grew up in the north of Sweden and in Jakobsberg outside of Stockholm. During her younger years she worked as an attendant at the psychiatric hospital in Beckomberga, a place that she has portrayed in her novels. Before making a career as a suspense writer Alsterdal worked as a journalist and playwright for more than twenty years.

Alsterdal currently lives in Stockholm with her family.

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund

  • Photo by Annika Marklund