See Me Fall
Stockholm, 2015. Tim Blanck drives his 16-year-old daughter Emme to the airport: she is going on holiday to the party island of Mallorca. It’s Emme’s first trip alone with friends, one step closer to adulthood. But she never returns. Surveillance cameras capture Emme Blanck leaving a night club in the early hours of the morning and disappearing into the dark. After that, she’s gone.
Fast forward three years. The Spanish police have closed the investigation of Emme’s disappearance. Tim has moved to Palma de Mallorca to pursue the search for his missing daughter. But his ex-wife, Rebecka, is still in Stockholm. Even though Tim’s obsession with finding their daughter has torn their marriage apart, deep down Rebecka hopes Tim won’t give up the search.
Tim makes his living as a private investigator while he dreams of reuniting his family. He is contacted by a wealthy German to shadow his young wife who he believes is having an affair. Tim takes the job, but soon the wife’s lover – an English escort – is murdered, and the wife disappears without a trace. Tim’s German client is suspected of killing the lover, but he keeps insisting on his innocence. The German asks Tim to clear his name and find his missing wife. Before Tim has time to get to work, his client dies in jail – the police claim the man took his own life but Tim is convinced he was murdered…
When a brothel owner shows Tim a photo from a private party at a hotel where the English escort worked, Tim catches a glimpse of the jacket his daughter wore the night she disappeared. A cold lead becomes hot again: someone has seen Emme on the night she disappeared. Tim plunges deep into murky political waters and cracks the door to the depth of the island’s corruption – and to the lengths people will go for money. As the noose tightens, Tim finds himself racing both to find his lost daughter and to save his own life. Where shall he go – and who can he trust?
See Me Fall is a feverish page turner that is impossible to put down. But it is also a poignant story of loss, longing, a father’s boundless love for his child, and the darkness hidden behind the slick façade of a holiday paradise. What happens when a family’s worst nightmare occurs, and how does it affect those left behind? How deep does corruption go on an isolated pleasure island where everything has a price?
“Hands down, this is [Kallentoft’s] best book so far. He has never written like this before. What a guy! What storytelling! Sometimes it’s like poetry. He has such a sense for language. His way of portraying emotions… I can really feel how the protagonist Tim’s heart is aching. […] Impressive.”
TIDNINGEN LÄS (SE)
“Kallentoft writes in his very best, feverish prose, and it’s simply impossible to let the story go. Not least, he portrays grief in a way that makes it vibrate, suggestively, throughout.”
UPSALA NYA TIDNING (SE)
“See Me Fall is endlessly thrilling and portrays a desperate struggle to find out the truth, with a father who risks everything for his daughter.”
“Mons Kallentoft has really pulled off a page turner that keeps me on my toes to the very last page. I’ve already mentioned the excellent setting, but the character portrayals are also splendid. Both the father and the Mallorquins are of flesh and blood. I want more of this!”
DAST MAGAZINE (Se)
“A star who delivers his best book so far. […] Kallentoft is an artist with words, in this book more than ever. […] in these tornados of letters real life is laid bare with sweat, grief, desire, humiliation, yearning, desperation, hope, love, true hearts that beat; sometimes too hard and sometimes barely at all. […] The plotting is impressive; details are revealed gradually, connections are made between the night Emme disappeared and something entirely different. The character portraits are rich and alive.”
“Welcome to the dark side of holiday paradise, with corruption, greed, filthy sex, drugs, and power games. […] How [Kallentoft’s] handles language is, as always, just as magnificent as how he portrays milieus.”
“Mons Kallentoft has written a first rate crime thriller set against a breathtaking backdrop.”
“Kallentoft is always fast-paced and brutally thrilling; it doesn’t matter if his thrillers are set in Sweden or on Mallorca. He belongs to the top tier of Nordic crime writers and it will be hard to find a better crime novel than See Me Fall this year.”
Oberberg Aktuell (DE)