A Family Tragedy

Three young people. Two murders. Only one truth.

Bill becomes a single dad to eight year-old Sally when his wife dies in cancer. His personal finances are a mess and in order to pay the bills he rents out a room in his apartment to Karla who has left her addict mother in the far north of Sweden to study law in the university town of Lund.

Karla takes a side job as a house cleaner and ends up at the palatial home of Steven and Regina Rytter. She soon realizes that there is something terribly wrong with the upstanding doctor and his wife. Why does Regina spend her days shut inside a dark bedroom?

Meanwhile, Jennica finds herself in a rut. She is thirty years old, single and without a career. When she meets Steven Rytter on Tinder, it seems her luck is finally changing, and they embark on a whirlwind summer romance. But there is something off about Steven…

At the end of the summer, Steven and Regina Rytter are found murdered in their home – and Bill is arrested. In this breathless page-turner from a Scandinavian master of suspense comes a story about dependency, justice, and the sometimes fine line between right and wrong. Through the alternating voices of Bill, Karla and Jennica, Mattias Edvardsson keeps us guessing: when ordinary people are faced with extraordinary circumstances, what – or whom – must be sacrificed?

Mattias Edvardsson is a writer and teacher from Trelleborg, Sweden. His break-out psychological suspense novel A Nearly Normal Family was published by Bokförlaget Forum in the summer of 2018 and has gone to become a runaway bestseller in Sweden and had huge international success.

His successful follow up novel, The House Next Door, was published in June 2020.


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