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On a gray September day, on an island off the coast of Sweden, six -year -old Jens Davidsson ventured out of his backyard, walked out into a fog, and vanished….Now twenty years have passed, and in this magnificent debut novel of suspense—a runaway bestseller in Sweden—the boy’s mother returns to the place where her son disappeared, drawn by a chilling package sent in the m ...more
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Published November 25th 2008 by Delta (first published 2007)
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Nikoleta
Mar 11, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Παρά το στενάχωρο θέμα του, όταν τελείωσα την ανάγνωση και της τελευταίας σειράς ένιωσα όμορφα. Ένιωσα γαλήνη και… λύτρωση!
Αυτό το αναφέρω γιατί πραγματικά, όταν ξεκίνησα την ανάγνωση του βιβλίου, ένιωθα ένα ατελείωτο βάρος. Η ηρωίδα της ιστορίας είναι μία κατεστραμμένη ψυχολογικά γυναίκα, ενώ το θέμα που πραγματεύεται ο Theorin, στην έναρξη του βιβλίου είναι η εξαφάνιση του 5χρονου παιδιού της. Το γεγονός ότι ο Theorin ασχολείται με την σκιαγράφηση των χαρακτήρων σε όλα τα ψυχολογικά επίπεδα αυ
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Brad
Jan 09, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, swedish-lit
This is a story about victims. Not about being a victim, or the modes of victimization and self-victimization, but a story about victims moving through lives that have victimized them.

Or maybe it is about loss.

There is a mother who lost her son twenty years before and descended into alcoholism, deep depression and a loss of society.

There is a grand/father who lost his grandson and most of those he's cared about in his life -- simply through the movement of time -- who's never had the love of t
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Franco  Santos
Mar 09, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho este libro. Johan Theorin nos hechiza con una prosa exquisita. Amo cómo describe los paisajes nórdicos, los climas y los sentimientos de los personajes. Lo que tiene de particular este autor de novelas negras es que ahonda en mitos escandinavos. Éso le da un toque mágico y hermoso, que me cautivó con vehemencia.

El relato es lento, como toda novela escandinava, pero te absorbe con firmeza. Te hace viajar a Suecia, más precisamente a Öland, y con su estilo de escritura nos hace sen
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Linda
Jan 24, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
This was the book that I won last year through a Goodreads contest. I just now got around the reading it and wished I hadn't put it off. This is an exceptional thriller with twists and turns around every corner and an ending that you don't see coming.

In 1970, on a day when fog covers all, a little boy disappears never to be seen again. Years later his grandfather, now living in an assisted living establishment, receives one of his sandals in the mail. Just that and nothing else. So begins the j
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Chrissa Vasileiou
** Κριτική βιβλίου: coming soon **
Jim Coughenour
The new word in this book is alvar, the limestone pavement habitat on the Swedish island of Öland – a topography that plays the same role in this story as the Yorkshire moor does in Wuthering Heights. And if this is an odd way to begin a review, well, it's an odd book.

Echoes from the Dead is another Scandinavian crime story riding in on the crest of Henning Mankell's deliciously cheerless Wallander novels – but it's less a policier than a sometimes whimsical, mostly sad family drama. I could ade
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Carey Combe
Feb 04, 2014 Carey Combe rated it it was ok
I am obviously out of step with the rest of the reviewers. It wasn’t bad, but I just kept skipping huge chunks because I wasn’t interested enough. in the end just skipped straight to the end of the book...
David
Aug 29, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2012
Absolutely loved it. Beautifully written. Great misterious scandinavian atmosphere. No hot shot detectives, no fancy investigations, no boring clichees.
Ellen Keim
Nov 29, 2011 Ellen Keim rated it really liked it
Shelves: scandinavian
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Петър Панчев
Остров, мъгли и две паралелни истории, разказани с умение
Цялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.bg/2015/0...

Щом научих, че ще излиза още една книга на Юхан Теорин („Нощна буря“), веднага си намерих първата от поредицата, за да опозная по-добре остров Йоланд и неговата история. В книгата Теорин изрично е споменал, че не е описал точно географските особености на този остров, но обикновено така се случва с литературните произведения. За мен тук е важно какво се е получило като цяло и мога да
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Nancy Oakes
A very haunting story, Echoes From the Dead begins in 1972, when Jens, a 6-year old boy, decides that he'll scale the garden wall while his grandmother's taking a nap and everyone else is away from the home. We are told right away that in the fog,Jens encounters someone identifying himself as Nils Kant, and after that, he's just gone. Flash forward 20 years, and his mother, Julia, has still not gotten over his disappearance. Most everyone has assumed he'd drowned; she's not willing to believe he ...more
Jmm
Nov 27, 2008 Jmm rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jmm by: librarything.com
Twenty years ago Julia Davidsson's 5-year-old son Jens disappeared into the fog on the remote Swedish island of Öland and was never found. Everyone except Julia believes Jens wandered down to the shore and drowned. Unable to accept that her son is dead, Julia withdraws from her family and stumbles through life using alcohol and medication to deaden the pain of not knowing. Then, after all these years, her father Gerlof calls to tell her that someone has sent him one of Jens's sandals in the mail ...more
Mohikanos
Sep 21, 2015 Mohikanos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλό βιβλίο το οποίο ξεφεύγει από τα αυστηρά όρια ενός αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος, και αποτελεί περισσότερο μια ηθογραφία της σουηδικής επαρχίας. Ο Τεορίν σκηνοθετεί άριστα την ιστορία του και αφηγείται τόσο ωραία και πλούσια ώστε ο αναγνώστης αισθάνεται κάτοικος του μικρού νησιού και παρατηρητής των γεγονότων από κοντά. Οι ήρωες είναι απλοί άνθρωποι και κερδίζουν άμεσα τη συμπάθεια του αναγνώστη. Η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται σε παράλληλο χρόνο με το παρελθόν, μέχρι τη στιγμή που παρελθόν και παρ ...more
Νίκος Μ
Dec 05, 2015 Νίκος Μ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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Η ιστορία πηγαίνει στρωτά,χαλαρά χωρίς να κάνει πουθενά κοιλιά και το μοναδικό μπαμ είναι στο τέλος!Η ηρωίδα πέρασε και δεν ακούμπησε,ο παππούς όλα τα λεφτά.Δε συγκρίνεται με Νέσμπο και Ιντρίντασον ο Τέοριν κατά τη γνώμη μου
Trish
This novel has the best sense of place I’ve read in a long time. Theorin paints with a few words scattered through his dialog: sparse yellow-brown grass in a small meadow, low, gnarled juniper and moss-covered stones, wind, cold, limestone beaches, pointy firs. He writes of Öland Island, off the southeastern coast of Sweden. I waited until I finished the book to look up photographs, but you may want to have a look now. It is a scrubby island landscape with the ruins of a most intriguing castle.

T
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Maria João Fernandes
Nem tudo é o que parece.

1972. Na Suécia, na isolada ilha de Öland, Jens desaparece, sob a supervisão dos seus avós. Da última vez que nós vemos o pequeno rapaz de 6 anos, ele encontra-se com um cidadão local, no meio do nevoeiro cerrado. A partir daqui, ninguém sabe o que realmente aconteceu. Mistério? Algum, sim.

1992. Vinte anos após o desaparecimento do filho, Julia recebe uma chamada do pai e juntos começam a investigar o passado. A par da narrativa, de ritmo quase parado ou mesmo inexistente
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Oct 24, 2013 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought I had discovered the best Scandinavian authors, I find Johan Theorin. He is one good story teller and this is a book I did not want to put down, even for a minute. The story is about a little boy of six years old, who disappeared in 1972 and was never found. Twenty years later, his eight-year old grandfather, who was taking care of him on the day he disappeared, has received one of the boy's sandals in the post and he contacts his daughter and asks her to come down to the Isl ...more
Kat Hagedorn
Mar 09, 2010 Kat Hagedorn rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, mystery
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Finally, I get a decent book from LT-- one in which I'm not rolling my eyes at the writing every few pages or wishing the themes were less yawn-inducing. And, actually, I have no idea how well written the original book was since this is a translation of a Swedish murder mystery. Because it climbed to the top of the charts over there, I expect the decent writing is coming through in the translation (especially in terms of the descriptions of the island of Öland and its co
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Jane
Dec 02, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it
Many years ago a small boy disappeared. He climbed over his parents’ garden wall and disappeared into the mist.

Now, twenty years on, the first piece of evidence has come to light. A new investigation begins.

A simple story, but Johan Theorin builds on it very well indeed.

He builds characters.

First there’s Julia. it was her son, Jens, who disappeared. She has never come to terms with her loss, never learned to live with it. She was already separated from her husband, and her refusal to accept that
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Karen
Mar 15, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
Another strong Scandinavian mystery. The father-daughter protagonists who come together to solve the mystery of little Jens' 1972 disappearance really grow on you, and the pace of the book is awesome. Theorin goes nonlinear, even in the present, which is quite a gift. The book, which addresses many key issues such as old vs new Scandinavian culture, island village vs mainland, etc is quite atmospheric. You can really feel the old shipping days and the lively Orland community that sadly got repla ...more
Minna
Jul 21, 2011 Minna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime-readers
Shelves: owned, crime, mystery
I was going to do a comparison between this book and John Ajvide Lindqvist's Människohamn (Harbour) because the description of them were so similar and they were published at roughly the same time. The premise for the book is that a child went missing during a visit near the sea and that one parent (in this book the mother, in Harbour the father) can't get over the tragedy and seeks comfort at bottom of every bottle. In the now the parent has returned to the scene, trying to get closure and to f ...more
sslyb
Jun 02, 2015 sslyb rated it it was amazing
New series, new author for me. I liked it very much. Looking forward to the rest of the series. It was so well written I had to look back and check - it was a translation.
Julie Mestdagh
Apr 10, 2016 Julie Mestdagh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Schemeruur" is het eerste boek in een reeks van vier van de Zweedse auteur Johan Theorin (1963 in Göteborg), opgebouwd rond de vier seizoenen op het Zweedse eiland Öland, waarbij "Schemeruur" het herfstboek vormt". Het boek won verschillende prijzen, o.a. dat voor beste Zweedse debuut in 2007, Glazen sleutel en Internationale Dagger. De andere boeken in de reek zijn "Nachtstorm" (winter), "Steenbloed" (lente) en tenslotte "Grafheuvel" (zomer).

Het was met enige twijfel dat ik dit boek ter hand n
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John Wiltshire
Oct 23, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it liked it
I'm giving this author another go. I've just finished The Asylum which was good in parts. I'll update when I've finished.
Finished.
This was a dense, slightly slow, but really quite involving crime story. It meanders between povs and eras seamlessly, but at the centre of the tale is little Jens, five years old and vanished one day. Left in the care of his grandparents for the day, neither of them really recover from the tragedy and many years later Gerlof (the grandfather) and some of his old cron
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Elizabeth
Dec 29, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
One of the best I have read this year. I was captivated by the characters and the suspense made me never want to put the book down. I am so looking forward to Johan Theorin's next book to be in my hands.
David
Aug 15, 2012 David rated it really liked it
I found the character of Julia to be pathetic. Quite possibly one of the saddest, most pathetic literary characters I've read. She lost her son, at 5 years old, over 20 years ago. but she makes no effort to get over it and get on with her life. She drinks too wine, and wallows in self pity. Then her father - who's in an old person's home tells her he has a sandal, possibly the one her son, Jens wore the day he disappeared.

The story revolves around two people, who may or may not be dead. Nils Kan
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Barbara
Sep 22, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
This book is about Julia, the mother of a young boy (Jens) who disappeared 20 years ago. Julia is haunted by this occurrence and has become estranged from her family because of it. Julia's parents were watching Jens when he vanished and Julia can't help but blame them to some extent.

Julia's mom has since died and Julia's dad (Gerlof) has developed a serious illness. Now, someone has sent Jens' sandal to Gerlof. Gerlof informs Julia and she goes back to visit him. Gerlof and Julia are determined
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Joanna
Mar 20, 2010 Joanna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: crime/mystery lovers
What is it about Swedish crime/mystery writers?? Although this is not a typical crime story, no witty, big mouch characters, detectives, computer hackers. Five year old boy disappears from his grandparents house without a trace on the foggy day on the small, quiet island on the Baltic Sea. Twenty years later his mother is still in depression, without life, energy, friends, close to falling into alcoholism. Her 80-years old father has just moved to the retirement home, when his friend brings him ...more
João Carlos
1 - Johan Theorin é um jornalista sueco, nascido em 1963 em Gotemburgo. De acordo com o seu próprio relato, a família da sua mãe – marinheiros, pescadores e agricultores – viveu durante séculos na Ilha de Oland, situada no Mar Báltico, a segunda maior da Suécia, com cerca de 140 Km de comprimento e apenas cerca de 16 Km de largura, visitada por imensos turistas no Verão e quase desabitada no rigoroso Inverno nórdico;
2 - Apaixonado pelas magníficas paisagens e pelas velhas histórias - contadas po
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Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 12, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it it was amazing
Schemeruur is het debuut van Johan Theorin.

Op een mistige dag aan het eind van de zomer verdwijnt Jens, een jongetje van vijf jaar op het Zweedse eiland Öland. Een grote zoektocht volgt, maar er is geen spoor van hem te vinden. De moeder, Julia, is radeloos en wordt erg depressief. Het is het begin van een nachtmerrie voor haar. Iedere dag vraagt ze zich af wat er met Jens gebeurd is. Twintig jaar later worstelt ze nog steeds met de gevolgen van de verdwijning van haar zoon. Hij is nooit gevonde
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Throughout his life, Johan Theorin has been a regular visitor to the Baltic island of Öland. His mother’s family – sailors, fishermen and farmers - have lived there for centuries, nurturing the island’s rich legacy of strange tales and folklore. A journalist by profession, Johan now lives in Gothenburg.

Echoes from the Dead (originally published in Sweden as Skumtimmen) is Johan’s first novel. In 2
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