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The forbidden place

by Jansson, Susanne,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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In this "bone-chillingly cool crime debut" (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train ), a young biologist studying the remote Swedish wetlands stumbles upon a body--and finds that if the marsh's secrets can't stay buried, neither can hers...

In the remote Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarken: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods.
Biologist Nathalie came in order to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.

Soon after her arrival, she finds an unconscious man out on the marsh, his pockets filled with gold--just like the ancient human sacrifices. A grave is dug in the mire, which vanishes a day after. And as the police investigate, the bodies start to surface...

Is the mire calling out for sacrifices, as the superstitious locals claim? Or is it an all-too-human evil?

Richly atmospheric and haunting to the last page, Susanne Jansson's stunning debut is a gripping tale of the power of nature to shape our reality, the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the world, and the terrible consequences they may have. This international sensation will captivate fans of the celebrated suspense fiction of Jane Harper or Tana French.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In terms of setting, bogs are very appealing to mystery writers. Bodies can stay perfectly preserved for centuries, while the clues about how or why they were deposited there decompose and disappear. Biologist Nathalie returns to Mossmarken, Sweden, to study the physical aspects of the marsh. Shortly after she arrives, she finds an unconscious man lying in the wetlands, and decades of secrets about the place begin to surface. A visiting artist (and side-gig crime-scene photographer) finds another man shortly thereafter, this time dead. The resulting investigations force Nathalie to confront what happened to her parents when she was a child, and the lengths to which this tight-knit community would go to protect their own. This debut hits on some of the same themes of nature, legend, and isolated village creepiness as Paula Hawkins' Into the Water (2017).--Karen Keefe Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Biologist Nathalie Ström, one of the two heroines of Jansson's uneven first novel, is living temporarily in a cottage in Mossmarken, Sweden, where she's measuring greenhouse gases on the local peat bog, reputed to have been the site of human sacrifices long ago. She becomes friendly with art school student Johannes Ayeb, who regularly jogs past her cottage. One day, Johannes is found unconscious on a jogging path; a head injury suggests he had been assaulted. Artist and forensic photographer Maya Linde becomes involved in the subsequent investigation, which leads to a chain of grisly bog-centered discoveries-and each woman to new realizations about her life and career. Nathalie is haunted by the loss of her parents in an apparent murder-suicide, while Maya, who lived in the area in years past, tries to repair a damaged relationship. Fascinating historical material, especially about "bog bodies" found through the ages, compensates only in part for shallow characterizations and awkward plotting. Hopefully, Jansson will do better next time. Agent: Astri Von Arbin Ahlander, Ahlander Agency (Sweden). (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Women scientists -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First U.S. edition.
Other Titles Offermossen.
Contributors Willson-Broyles, Rachel, translator.
Language English
Description 340 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781538713051
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