The ice beneath her

THE ICE
BENEATH HER 
by Camilla Grebe

Published 8th September 2016 / Hardback

£12.99 / E-book Available

 

Having drawn comparisons with Jo Nesbo and The Bridge, international anticipation is building for the publication of The Ice Beneath Her, a spellbinding and deeply disturbing story about love, betrayal and obsession.

 

What does love do to us, and what can love make us do?

 

Meet Emma Bohman, a timid sales assistant at Clothes & More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter that leads to a love affair with the charismatic and controversial CEO, Jesper Orre. But almost as quickly as the passionate affair ignited, it was over when Orre inexplicably disappears. Then one frightening thing after another begins happening to Emma, leaving her certain that her runaway lover is to blame. Her confusion and heartbreak quickly transforms into anger. 

Fast forward two months and a young woman is found beheaded in an upmarket suburban home, a brutal crime made all the more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved murder ten years earlier. But this time there is a suspect: Jesper Orre, who owns the home but is nowhere to be found. 

In search of the suspect  and a motive, homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson turn to brilliant criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schon. Once a valued police asset but now dealing with early onset dementia, marooned in unhappy retirement and a crumbling marriage, she’s eager to offer Lindgren and Olsson a window into the secret soul of Jesper Orre.

Camilla Grebe was born near Stockholm. She co-founded audiobook publisher Storyside. She has written four celebrated crime novels with her sister, Åsa Träff, about psychologist Siri Bergman, the first two of which were nominated for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy. Camilla has also written the popular Moscow Noir trilogy with Paul Leander-Engström. The Ice Beneath Her is Camilla's debut novel as a solo author and announces hers as a fresh new voice in suspense writing.

 

Reviews from the Danish publication of The Ice Beneath Her:

‘A captivating, thrilling, and frightening crime novel about failure, infidelity, and the ugliest of feelings.’

‘I’m still clapping my little hands with delight after having read this book. Camilla Grebe is spot on, and as a reader you’re quickly drawn into a story that might as well have taken place right before your eyes. You wouldn’t suspect any danger before it was too late. […] There’s something off, a bad feeling in your gut, you guess and guess and try to find clues in the book to work out the plot. I did not succeed, and I’m still not convinced everything was quite as it seemed in the end. […] I’m sure The Ice Beneath Her will delight many crime readers. It has everything it takes to stand out, and it's just not yet another crime novel in your bookcase.’

‘The stories of the three main characters melt together during the course of the novel. This structure is well-known, but I don't think I’ve ever before guessed so wrong as I did while reading The Ice Beneath Her. The book is so hard to figure out, which is why this is one of those crime novels that has kept me awake at night, thinking I might as well squeeze in an extra chapter in the hopes of bringing clarity to what on earth has happened.’

 

Reviews from Swedish publication of The Ice Beneath Her:

The Ice Beneath Her is a book that holds a lot between its pages. Apart from a few mysterious disappearances and extremely brutal murders, it’s about the power and betrayal of men. […] This is a story that holds the shadow-side of life. The protagonists are at a crossroads. Something simply must happen, otherwise they’re at risk of breaking apart. Perhaps they’ll break anyway, but before then they’ll want to fight for some kind of justice.’

‘You plow through this book at high speed; at times the suspense is unbearable! […] Very thrilling entertainment.’

‘I devoured it in one sitting.’

 

My Review

There is something about Scandinavian thrillers that pierces the soul; perhaps it's the darkness of the winter months that give them a blackness, snow and shorter days physically reflecting the psyche of the protagonists. Whatever it is, Camilla Grebe's 'The ice beneath her' does all that and more. It's a psychological thriller that doesn't need to go into graphic gruesome detail of murder to make its point. Nor is there a sudden twist that makes you think I never saw that coming! Instead we have a psychological analysis of several characters, each with their own demons. The book gathers pace as we read on leaving us with a satisfying ending that is totally believable. Well-written, well-planned and well-executed this book will hopefully be the forerunner of more to come. Thoroughly enjoyable if somewhat uncomfortable to read!

5/5

 

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