The Night Singer
When Hanna Duncker was nineteen, her father was convicted of murder. The shame and confusion that followed left her heartbroken. To escape the small-town whispers, Hanna fled the island community she grew up in, vowing never to return. Sixteen years later, Hanna is back on Öland to clean out her childhood home after her father’s death and is rattled by the realization that she wants to stay. Hanna decides to move back, despite her brother’s cautions.
Hanna settles into a weather-beaten cottage by the sea and starts working for the local police. She doesn’t want her colleagues to judge her based on her history, but in a small community you can’t hide from your past – and it doesn’t help that her new boss is the very policeman who put her father behind bars.
On the first day of her new job, Hanna is called out to a disturbing crime scene. A fifteen-year-old boy has been found dead in the world heritage site Stora Alvaret on the southern part of the island, and Hanna is thrown headfirst into a murder investigation that will come to stir up ghosts from her past. The murdered boy turns out to be the son of her childhood best friend. He was a brooding teen with carefully guarded secrets, and his estranged father has ties to Hanna’s own brother’s troubled youth. Hanna realizes she should recuse herself from the investigation, but she doesn’t want to be the one who leaves, yet again. The hunt for the truth becomes a reckoning with people she once abandoned, and Hanna is determined to leave no stone unturned in finding the boy’s killer.
Hanna is teamed up with Erik Lindgren, a policeman from out of town who doesn’t know about her father. But he’s nosy in a nice way and tries his best to break through Hanna’s defences. The two couldn’t be more different: she is a reserved lone wolf, he is a chatty and dedicated family man. And now they’re supposed to solve the murder together.
But everyone is not happy to have the Duncker daughter back in town. Hanna has the creeping feeling that someone is sneaking around outside her window at night, and soon she begins to receive threatening messages. Hanna has always had a nagging suspicion that something in the investigation against her father wasn’t quite right. But she knows that digging up the past will come at great cost…