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…
“[The Night Singer] is a classic police procedural where the writing is spot-on. Mo has constructed a thrilling cast of characters both when it comes to the police as well as the family and suspects surrounding the deceased Joel […] [Mo] succeeds in capturing the strong emotions that a murder evokes in a captivating and authentic way.”
Skånska Dagbladet (SE)
“I can barely wait for the next book in The Island Murders series. I already knew that Johanna Mo was a great writer, but here she has undoubtedly hit a bull’s eye.”
Norra Skåne (SE)
“The Night Singer is an understated crime novel. No action-packed car chases, no serial killers or over-the-top gory details. Rather, it’s a liberatingly close-to-home tale, and it’s incredibly fitting that it is set on the island of Öland.”
“Johanna Mo is one of the best crime writers in Sweden. Her writing is captivating and thrilling. The Night Singer is a great and taut novel, with a plot that is both unpredictable and emotional.”
Bims blogg (SE)
“The Night Singer is even better than Johanna’s previous novels. Returning to Öland feels fantastic. This is a classic police procedural in the best possible way. The character depictions are fantastic. What Johanna Mo does so unbelievably well is the way she portrays how people are affected by a crime. Her characters are engrossing – you really want to know more about Hanna Duncker and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.”