The House Next Door
Micke and his wife Bianca move from Stockholm to the small town of Köpinge in search of a quiet life for themselves and their two young children. They buy a house in an idyllic neighborhood where everything seems perfect for their little family to settle down. Micke is a teacher at the local school, Bianca is a stay-at-home mom, and their children are happy and well adjusted. But when Bianca is hit by a car outside their home, a car driven by a next-door neighbor named Jacqueline, the rumors start spreading – was it really an accident?
Bianca is rushed to the hospital and Micke follows in shock. While Bianca hovers between life and death, Micke finds himself at the edge of a dark abyss – how can he go on without his beloved wife? And what really happened to her? Everyone knows the relationship between Bianca and Jacqueline was tense, but was Jacqueline desperate enough to kill? The stakes are raised when Micke learns Jacqueline was not alone in the car on that fateful afternoon: her son Fabian was with her. And when Micke hears that Ola, a man with whom Bianca had grown unsettlingly close over the past few months, had also been spotted in the car – everything is turned upside down.
Told through shifting perspectives in the voices of Micke, Jacqueline and Fabian, the novel moves between the time before and after the accident, revealing a web of relationships and deception that surprises at every turn. The seemingly idyllic neighborhood is not so peaceful after all and violence is lurking just around the corner…
In The House Next Door, Mattias Edvardsson takes us on a suspenseful ride behind the closed doors of a suburban neighborhood where everyone seems to know everything about everyone, but nothing is actually as it seems.
“Mattias Edvardsson is a low-key and talented chronicler of contemporary society. He depicts group mentality in a way that brings out the chills and in the end you don’t know what to think. Was it really an accident that Bianca got hit by a car?”
Dagens Nyheter (SE)
“In this psychological crime novel it is the very fact of not knowing that creates unease. There is more than one crime and questionable human behavior is at the heart of the drama.”
Sveriges Radio, P4 (SE)
“The House Next Door is a quietly told crime novel that turns more thrilling and psychological by the minute and depicts what happens when the threat comes too close to you and your loved ones -without you really understanding what is happening…”
Borås Tidning (SE)
“As usual, Mattias twists and turns the order of the world. What is safety? Where is the delicate divide between right and wrong? How well do you know your neighbors? And what happens when the threat moves into your own home?”
“The novel is tremendous, it keeps you on your toes from the first to the last page. Not a single one of the characters can be placed in the category ’the good guy’ – they all have good and bad characteristics and the novel shocks you all the way to the end. Extremely good. Mattias really makes you think about your own neighbors and that you don’t get to choose who you live next door to. It creates a creepy feeling, something Mattias is highly skilled at.”
Podcast Deckardårarna (SE)
“Just like in A Nearly Normal Family, Edvardsson finds the perfect voice for each of his characters – not least the teenager Fabian – and splendidly depicts with claustrophobic nuance the different relationships that gradually become all the more tangled up and infected. He truly is a master at creating darkness and unease in the everyday, in situations we can all recognize. The House Next Door is a page-turner that makes you look at your own neighbors with a more suspicious eye […] further proof that Mattias Edvardsson is well on his way to establishing his very own niche in the Swedish crime genre.”
Skånska Dagbladet (SE)
“The House Next Door has a classic mystery plot, but Edvardsson tells the story with finesse, suspense, and drive. He has written a real nail-biting thriller of international class. For those who like Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay – read it.”
“What a page turner. You cannot put it down.”
Sommaröppet, SVT (SE)