You can’t be a part of the book blogging world and not notice the rise in popularity of Scandinavian crime fiction. For me, it started with Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, and the awesomeness that is Lisbeth Salander. (It didn’t hurt that those audiobooks were one of my first introductions to the work of audiobook narrator Simon Vance, master of the velvety voice.) I then listened to The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, which was another fascinating and dark thriller. I’m looking forward to reading more of Kepler’s work. The Nightmare, which also features Inspector Joona Linna, was recently released in the US, and I hope to read it soon.
Lately, Sandy and Bryan have been talking a lot about Jo Nesbo, and so his name has been placed on my “authors I must read” list. My only hesitation has been that the first two books in his Harry Hole series aren’t available in English yet, and I’m kind of a stickler for reading series in order. I may have to break this rule for Nesbo, though, as everyone seems to be raving about the series.
I admit that, after reading the work of two authors, I am far from an expert in Scandinavian crime fiction, but in the books I have read, there is a certain dark similarity. The books are very atmospheric and creepy, with a sinister mood that hangs over the characters and setting, leaving the reader in doubt that things will ever work out in the end.
Camilla Lackberg, Swedish author of The Drowning, is a new author to me, but she is huge in Sweden, having sold over 9 million books worldwide. In the video below, Lackberg discusses the appeal of Scandinavian crime fiction, her love for her homeland Sweden, and the menacing aspect of small towns.
This post has been sponsored by Harper Collins, but all thoughts are my own.