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. Her fifth novel, Erasure, was published in January 2019.

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Tove Alsterdal made her debut in 2009 with The Forgotten Dead and has since written five 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.

Whatever theme Alsterdal explores, she always manages to find an unexpected angle. Be it a woman travelling home to discover her hidden roots; a couple moving to a foreign country to start anew; or a woman crossing oceans to find out what happened to her lost mother, Alsterdal uses her characters’ personal experiences to shed light on larger issues, both social and historical. To read Alsterdal’s books is to be thrilled, but also to be touched by characters reverberating with life. 

With her sharp pen and rigorous research, Alsterdal offers an alternative view on historical and contemporary issues, all while compelling the reader to turn the page. Known for her rare lyricism and nuanced portrayals, Alsterdal stands out as a master of the genre with a prodigious conscience.

One of the best writers right now.
SKÅNSKA DAGBLADET (SE)

Alsterdal is a crime writer who raises the bar, she’s an honor for the whole genre.
BERGLINSKE (DK)

Alsterdal is a gift to lovers of suspense novels.
Søndag (DK)

Alsterdal is fantastic, end of story.
Folkbladet (se)

 


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Tove Alsterdal made her debut in 2009 with The Forgotten Dead and has since written five critically acclaimed stand-alone novels. Her 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. Her latest novel, Erasure, was published in January 2019.

Whatever theme Alsterdal explores, she always manages to find an unexpected angle. Be it a woman travelling home to discover her hidden roots; a couple moving to a foreign country to start anew; or a woman crossing oceans to find out what happened to her lost mother, Alsterdal uses her characters’ personal experiences to shed light on larger issues, both social and historical.

Driven by innate curiosity and a wish to do the right thing, Alsterdal’s characters are drawn into dark corners as they unveil forgotten secrets, horrific crimes, and their own shortcomings. To read Alsterdal’s books is to be thrilled, but also to be touched by characters reverberating with life. Her protagonists are caught up in the borderland between right and wrong, where it’s not always apparent who is a victim and who is a perpetrator.

With her sharp pen and rigorous research, Alsterdal offers an alternative view on historical and contemporary issues, all while compelling the reader to turn the page. Known for her rare lyricism and nuanced portrayals, Alsterdal stands out as a master of the genre with a prodigious conscience.

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 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

  • Photo by Annika Marklund