An ordinary outing takes Greta, Alex, and four-year-old Smilla across Sweden's mythical Lake Malice to a tiny, isolated island. While father and daughter tramp into the trees, Greta stays behind in the boat, lulled into a reverie by the misty, moody lake...only later to discover that the two haven't returned. Her frantic search proves futile. They've disappeared without a trace.
Greta struggles to understand their eerie vanishing. She desperately needs to call Alex, to be reassured that Smilla is safe, or contact the police. But now her cell phone is missing too. Back at her cottage, she finds it hidden away under the bedsheets. Had she done that? Or had someone else been in the cottage? But who, and why? As Greta struggles to put the pieces together, she fears that her past has come back to torment her, or she's finally lost her grip on reality...
In this dark psychological thrill ride - with more twists than a labyrinth and more breathless moments than a roller coaster - Greta must confront what she's always kept hidden if she has any hope of untangling the truth.
©2015 Caroline Eriksson. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 by Tiina Nunnally.
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this just kept going round n round with the same nassally woman decrying confusion, motherhood, babies etc. time better spent in silence.
This book did not really start to get interesting or even start to make sense until the last 25% of the novel... The majority of the book is just listening to the main character's crazy and scattered thoughts and actions directly after she realizes that the two people she was vacationing with are missing. The reader is continually wondering throughout the book whether she was responsible for them missing because of some sort of psychological disorder or if there is a madman running around the island where they're vacationing. The reader is made aware that she is disturbed and has had previous childhood trauma. You don't start to understand what happened to the two missing people and really start to understand the plot until the last part of the book. And even then, it ended without much suspense or surprise. As a general rule, if I start a book I try to finish it. It's took a lot of willpower to get through this one!
It seemed to me the author started this book with an idea that the first person character would be crazy and maybe a killer. Then about half way through the book she decides to take it in a whole other direction. It was not well organized and too long for what it was. Flashbacks didn't always make sense. Greta Missing time almost like a schizophrenic didn't make sense for her level of trauma. Way too long for no more plot or scene change. Character development wasn't great. I liked the end. About the last 4th of the book was good and well organized. It wasn't worth the reading the first 3/4ths though. It has rookie writer written all over it.
I'm no quitter so when I start something I finish it. This book was never very intriguing. And just really not impressive. I'm a huge mystery fan but this just really lacked the stuff that girl on a train and books like that have. I definitely cannot recommend this.
I was immediately drawn into this story. I wasn't sure about the ending, but it was satisfying enough...just got a little corny. But overall, I would strongly recommend this in either written or audio form.
I don't know because I haven't read the print version.
I can't say I exactly liked Greta, but I guess she was my favourite character if I had to pick one. Greta had a horrific childhood, which she didn't necessarily remember accurately. Her recent present life had it's own horrors which had me almost stop listening for good as they got really unpleasant (that's the exotic relationships part in the content warning). It's not exactly easy to skim past sections I don't like on audiobook as I do with a physical/ebook. But because I was desperate to know if there was a happy ending I kept going until the end, which managed to confuse me because I may have misunderstood what a character said to another (it could mean certain death which Greta miraculously avoided up to the end).
Probably the end where some characters had a bit of relief.
No idea, sorry.
I must state I really loved this book, even if my initial comments may seem to hint the opposite. It was the most confusing read I've ever listened to/read. As someone who can struggle with concentrating because I read when I'm tired (any time of day), following a story with both multiple viewpoints and flashbacks made me thoroughly confused most of the time. I didn't know until the end whether Greta was hallucinating, having a mental breakdown, having cruel tricks played on her. I won't avoid similar reads in the future because I absolutely loved the way tidbits of necessary info was spread throughout the book. It was information that either confirmed my theories or simply confused me some more.
The narration was first class, I was completely immersed into the insanity of the characters and the plot. I think I will relisten to it eventually, after many fluffy listens-I was a bit disturbed emotionally by the end and had to placate the horrors with super cute gaming, as the topics are very hard hitting and made me sad for those whose live through similar goings on.
I received a copy from Audible in exchange for an honest review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner
"I gripping tale"
Many plot twists and turns, interesting complex timelines, clever plotting
author voice. It is mostly first person
"Slow and a little tedious"
This psychological thriller began with tinges of a David Lynch film, and finished with an inconclusive, fluffy conclusion. The lack of connected thoughts and plot made it difficult to concentrate - it makes some sense as it is supposed to be a reflection of the protagonist's mental state - however it was not well executed.
It's starting to get a little predictable with the abusive spouse story - this kind of storyline definitely needs a revamp. The performance was fine but the thriller was a little too drab.
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