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Some Kind of Peace (Siri Bergman #1)

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A blockbuster international bestseller, this gripping literary crime novel tells the story of a young, recently widowed psychologist who is irrationally afraid of the dark and whose past comes to haunt her as she tries to solve a series of crimes, beginning with the brutal murder of one of her patients.

It seems so idyllic. But something is out of place. In the neatly rake
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Free Press (first published 2009)
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Scott Rhee
Sep 15, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Some Kind of Peace" is a psychological thriller that attempts to elevate itself from its genre into more literary heights, and it doesn't quite succeed, although the writing talent of the authors, Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff, is evident. Grebe is an economist and publisher, and Traff is a psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. This is their first American novel, as they are already well-known authors in their home country of Sweden. Maybe its an over-saturation of the marke ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Aideeeee rated it liked it
"Debería ser idílico."

Pensé que me iba a volar los sesos, quería que me volara los sesos...

Siri es una psicóloga que vive en una isla, metafórica y literalmente. Siri tiene una personalidad oscura y un pasado que se niega a analizar. La cosa se pone intensa cuando los sucesos perturbadores empiezan a salirse de su vida personal y se extienden hacia su lado profesional. Entonces ella es obligada por su vigilante a sacarse a flote y resolver los asuntos que tienen un tiempo atorméntandola."

Jul 09, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book is a terrific read. The ending is quite a surprise and I love the main character, Siri. She is vunerable, but not in a needy way - liked her alot.
Jun 10, 2013 Stacia rated it really liked it
I’ve always enjoyed reading about characters who have it together professionally but are a mess in their personal lives, which I think is why I enjoy Nordic crime fiction so much; the brilliant detective whose life is a shambles is a stock character. This book is a little bit different: The primary character, Siri Bergman, is a behavioral psychologist who is in desperate need of a behavioral psychologist. She drinks too much, she’s afraid of the dark, and she’s doing her absolute best to avoid w ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Aug 16, 2012 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing
Book Title: "Some Kind of Peace”
Author: Camilla Grebe & Asa Traff
Published By: Free Press
Age Recommended: 18+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: Every now and again I find myself in the mood for a good murder mystery and when it involves a stalker and obsession it’s even better! The writing team of Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff are no less than amazing. The setting and plot for this story is perfection and I immediately found myself deeply immersed barely coming up for air.
Dr. Si
Feb 28, 2013 Larraine rated it liked it
Scandinavian fiction has a stark, simple quality that really appeals to me. This was the first book I've ready by this author duo. Siri Bergman is a 34 yr old psychologist who is still mourning the death of her husband. She lives along in the cottage by the sea they shared outside of Stockholm. Every night she goes home, turns on every light in her house and drinks too much wine. Soon, odd things start happening. It is obvious to all but Siri that someone is watching her. She finally accepts tha ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Dibi rated it liked it
Some Kind of Peace fue un libro demasiado plano para mí. No se si decir que es un libro asociado al suspenso, porque si me lo preguntan, muy poco lo vi por aquí. ¿Donde estaban esos momentos en donde quería esconderme debajo de la cama y no querer abrir los ojos?.
La verdad es que la lectura me pareció muy larga (y eso que no lo es) y descriptiva. Y no le suma puntos el hecho de haber sabido cual era el motivo del asesino durante todo el tiempo. Camilla Grebe me contó una historia que me mantuvo
Jul 25, 2012 Raven rated it really liked it
Another welcome addition to the Scandinavian crime stable with this admittedly not unique premise of a plot, but with an utterly compelling and pschologically complicated central protagonist which draws you in as a reader and plays on your natural sympathy for our beleagured heroine.
Siri is a wonderful construct of two adverse personalities being both an assured and professional psychotherapist who displays all the natural qualities needed to get to the root of her patient’s problems, but also
Mar 12, 2013 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-sub
Alles nur Einbildung oder echte Bedrohung? Siri Bergman arbeitet als Psychotherapeutin in einer kleinen Gemeinschaftspraxis mitten in Stockholm. Sie ist den Umgang mit seelischen Abgründen und schmerzhaften Geheimnissen gewohnt. Es ist ihr täglich Brot. Doch im Moment hat sie vor allem mit sich selbst zu kämpfen. Seit ihr Mann bei einem Tauchgang vor einem Jahr tödlich verunglückt ist, lebt sie vollkommen abgeschieden in einem kleinen Haus am Meer. Trotz ihrer panischen Angst vo
Casee Marie
Jul 10, 2012 Casee Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2012
My full review on Literary Inklings

Some Kind of Peace is a finely-crafted, beautifully written suspense novel from sisters Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff. Together Grebe and Träff intertwine keen psychological observation, vivid imagery, and a strongly unpredictable storyline to create a novel that is simultaneously a taught thriller and an explorative character study. Stockholm’s melancholy weather lends a certain type of moodiness to the novel’s sharp-edged story, setting the scene for grandiose
Pari Kumar
Oct 08, 2012 Pari Kumar rated it it was amazing
Dr. Siri Bergman is a psychologist in Stockholm who deals with anxiety disorders. Lately, she has been getting weird messages, losing a few patients, being arrested, and had her cat stuffed unexpectedly. Her life has been out of control when she realized that she is being stalked constantly by someone out to get her. What does he want? Why does he want to hurt her? With constant battles of love, friendships and drama, this thriller of a novel made me wonder, gape and shiver with fright. Some Kin ...more
I struggled at the beginning because the book started very slowly. It did improve though and ended up being chilling and creepy. At times it read stiltedly and the sentences were a little short and choppy but this could have been the translation.

Verdict: A decent start and I hope to read the next book in the series. Not quite Camilla Lackberg though.
Jul 09, 2015 Monica rated it liked it
The kind of book you read in one single afternoon. Fast paced, interesting, with properly delivered expectations. Scandi writers never fail to keep you hooked. It is their thing. No doubt about it.
Nov 16, 2014 Kamilla rated it really liked it
I've finished this book in one day. I didn't think I would, but it just grabbed me, I couldn't put it down. Somehow, Scandinavian thrillers have a stark, simple, real quality that is truly intriguing. This book wasn't overly fantastic, wasn't scary, wasn't really creepy either. Still, somehow it kept me glued to the pages. The insight into a therapist world was fascinating, to see them as people with the same insecurities and fears as their patients were interesting. They themselves are the same ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Sigried rated it liked it
Het schrijversduo Grebe en Träff heeft een prettige schrijfstijl. Dat dit boek me minder kon boeien dan verwacht zal zeker te maken hebben met een overdosis aan het typische hoofdpersonage uit Scandinavische detectivereeksen: de professioneel succesvolle vrouw die door haar onderontwikkeld sociaal vermogen een puinhoop van haar persoonlijk leven maakt. Het hoofdpersonage, Siri Bergman, valt niet alleen onder deze categorie, ze slaagt er evenmin in om een onvergetelijke indruk na te laten. Desond ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book's synopsis doesn't justly portray the book; There is much more than what is described. Though it took a bit to get going, Some Kind of Peace moved along at a good steady pace once it did. The ending showed the humanness of Siri and not the trite salvation that I had expected.

Siri is a psychologist who, even though treats patients for fears and anxieties, suffers from fear and anxiety herself. Fear of the dark. She drinks nights to keep the fear at bay. One of her patients has been disc
Jul 17, 2012 Iyanna rated it it was ok
The intro is what drew me into this book.Then from there it went sooo slow.I didnt like the fact of being in the sessions with her patients,there should have been very little mention about each of them for this book to be an suspense novel,there should have been bits and pieces through out the book about them.And for Siri being a Psychotherapist,they she can see and help her patients with their problems,but she cant help and see her own.
It seems like every Swedish mystery that I have read contains:

1. A dead/tortured cat
2. A smart female character who is molested but doesn't say anything about it or excuses the behavior
3. A smart female character who does unbelievably stupid things
4. Really bad food (ketchup on spaghetti, gross!)

Perhaps because the last book that I read was "Gone Girl," this one just didn't hold my attention the way that book did.
Nov 06, 2015 Ginger rated it liked it
For a book that was short on action and long on dialogue, it definitely kept my interest, though I was disappointed by the ending.
Siri Bergman is a 35 year old widowed psychologist, having lost her husband a little while ago to a diving accident. Despite being afraid of the dark, she lives alone in their secluded cottage outside of Stockholm (I believe). One of her patients, a 25 year old girl with a self abuse problem is found murdered, her body being discovered in the bay outside Siri's cott
Jul 09, 2015 Imanol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela negra muy bien llevada con un gran componente de psicología.

La trama me ha ido atrapando cada vez más, aunque ya desde el principio veía potencial en ella y me había absorbido.

Me gusta saber que una de las hermanas (no sé cuál ni me importa, porque han escrito la novela conjuntamente) es psicóloga, y todos los juegos mentales que realiza con sus pacientes en la vida real salen a la luz. Es más, voy más allá, puesto que lo que desvela es que analizan a todo ser viviente que les rodea,
Maria Alejandra
La historia era buena, pero el final muy predecible. Algunas partes del libro aburridas.
“It’s impossible to see through a person. You can’t tell from the outside whether someone has performed evil actions or had evil thoughts. If a person has decided to conceal or withhold parts of himself, it is extremely difficult to see through the lies and discover the omitted truth.”
Some Kind of Peace opened with a prologue showing a teenage girl had died outside her house and two people (presumably her parents) found her body. We then proceeded to chapter 1 and met our protagonist, Siri Ber
Aug 24, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. What draws me here is the characters - I really like Siri, and Aina and their co-workers. While the resolution of the crime part wasn't a complete shock, it was well done. There is kind of a red herring, which is well executed but I'm not a particular fan of that trick.

On the upside, this really is a psychological thriller - there's a powerful meditation on suicide and the act of taking a life in here that really gave me pause for thought. And of course, the Epilogue
Michelle Heegaard
I must say I was a bit dissapointed with this book. Ecspecially the end I found very dissapointing. In a chrime novel you that sort of aha-moment in the end is needed and I definitly did not get that. I did not feel I had sufficient evidence on my own to figure out the killer. I was presented with wnough evidence throughout the book and therefore I did not have that aha-moment.
I was honestly surprised that this book is only the start of a longer series. I did not find it good enough that there c
May 20, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different kind of Scandinavian mystery. This time we don't have an alcoholic police officer or ex-police, but a youngish female psychologist that drinks a little too much, and has her own deep seated issues. I guess some things stay the same, even while others change.
Someone is playing a horrible game of cat and mouse with the protagonist, with knowledge that only someone very close to her would know. She is stubborn and resilient but can't help but be suspicious and somewhat fearful of her co
Yelania Nightwalker
Siri es psicóloga, viuda y tiene un pequeño trauma que le impide estar en lugares oscuros. A su consulta acuden diversos tipos de personas con problemas desde pequeños hasta muy grandes y ella los filma todos. Sí, no solo hace las anotaciones pertinentes sino que además, graba todas las consultas, algo que me gustó mucho, y que también le será de ayuda, más o menos.

Sus colegas, una mujer que tiene tantas conquistas como quiere y un hombre, que es un donjuán, son las personas más cercanas, por qu
Jul 03, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
This is the first novel of a Swedish crime series featuring a recently widowed young psychologist, Siri Bergman, who helps patients confront their phobias even though she is unable to confront her own. She is afraid of the dark, and drinks herself to sleep every night.

Her best friend and office mate, Aina, consoles her:

Being a depressed, passive failure with phobias can make you a better therapist, damn it. Just as long as you aren’t that way with your patients.”

Siri’s patients have troubling i
May 11, 2013 Skjam! rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans, Swedish heritage folks
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

Siri Bergman is a Stockholm psychologist who is suffering from the loss of her husband, their unborn child and a crippling fear of darkness. So it’s perhaps understandable that she wonders if she’s going round the bend when it appears she’s being stalked. Then one of her patients turns up dead in her backyard, an apparent suicide. It quickly becomes apparent that her stalker is very real–and very deadl
May 29, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads

*advanced readers copy*
Psychologist Siri Bergman’s life starts to unravel after one of her patients is discovered murdered on her property. Siri has already suffered tragic events in her life, including her husband’s death, which has left her with fears that she would help others to overcome. So when clues begin to surface that the killer is really targeting her she begins to question those people within her intimate circle of friends and colleagues who know her weaknesses and how to exploit the
Pilar Guerrero
Me declaro oficialmente fanática irremediable de los autores no sólo suecos sino particularmente del género "Noir" de la novela policiaca. ¡Me encanta!

"Te Vigilo" es un libro maravillosamente tétrico. De alguna forma las autoras consiguen mantener siempre al borde del "no saber" que evitan que dejes el libro a un lado (por voluntad propia). Está deliciosamente diseñado en varios capítulos cortos tratando diversos enfoques de la misma historia. Sin duda esto ayuda a mantener la emoción, prolongan
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