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Nattfåk (The Öland Quartet #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  4,194 Ratings  ·  302 Reviews
'The dead are our neighbours everywhere on the island, and you have to get used to it.'

It is bitter mid-winter on the Swedish island of Oland, and Katrine and Joakim Westin have moved with their children to the boarded-up manor house at Eel Point. But their remote idyll is soon shattered when Katrine is found drowned off the rocks nearby. As Joakim struggles to keep his sa
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published September 2008 by Wahlström & Widstrand (first published 2008)
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"The dead came up out of the bog.. lots of them, clawing at me, ripping and tearing... they were cold, so cold. They wanted my warmth."

This book turned out better than i expected. I was about to DNF it because of the slow as hell start but i continued reading it. And it was totally worth it. It's written in third person. It follows three characters: Henrik jansson (the theif), Tilda davidsson: a police officer, Joakim westin a father of a family. The westin family moved into this big haunted ho
Thomas Strömquist
The first book in "The Öland Quartet", Skumtimmen ("Echoes from the Dead") was a pre-Goodreads read for me, so a few years ago. I enjoyed it very much and certainly enough to collect more books by Theorin, including two of the other three in this quartet. For some reason though, I haven't gotten around to reading any of the others until now - but I'm certainly going to redeem that mistake.

Nattfåk ("Natt" meaning night-time and "Fåk" being the Öland name for an especially nasty snow/sleet/ice sto
Feb 22, 2015 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ghostly
Δεν είμαι γνώστης του συγκεκριμένου είδους λογοτεχνίας αλλά "Το πιο σκοτεινό δωμάτιο" μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ. Γκρίζα ατμόσφαιρα σε σκοτεινό απόμερο τοπίο, με ψηλά κύματα, χιόνι και ένα πολύ παλιό στοιχειωμένο αρχοντικό! Υπέροχο δέσιμο του μεταφυσικού στοιχείου με το αστυνομικό. Και φυσικά εκπληκτική η αφήγηση για όλα τα στάδια της θλίψης και του θρήνου του ήρωα, δεν ήταν δυνατόν να μην συμπάσχεις ακόμα κ όταν το μυαλό του τα έχανε.
Franco  Santos
Apr 22, 2014 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen libro secuela de El Cuarteto de Öland. Me gustó mucho. Un ingrediente que me cautivó es la estación en la que tiene lugar esta historia: el invierno. Adoro el frío desolador y seco, una contingencia más en una trama llena de secretos, misterios y leyendas.

Amé el final; no me lo vi venir de ninguna manera. Es un gran plot-twist que me sorprendió como pocos libros lo hicieron.
Jun 09, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric and menacing winter on Öland in the Baltic Sea. A young couple with children buy and begin to restore an isolated timber manor house in the shadow of two lighthouses. The bleak history of the area blends well with the unlucky inhabitants of past and present. I was looking for ghosts and death in the grand finale blizzard. Gerlof, the octogenarian hero of Echoes from the Dead, has an important role here as well. I hope to find him again in the remaining books of the quartet.
Feb 13, 2016 Mohikanos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Για άλλη μια φορά μου άρεσε πολύ η γραφή του Theorin. Γράφει ωραία, μεστά, έχουν δομή οι ιστορίες του, ολοκληρωμένους χαρακτήρες, πλούσιες περιγραφές τοπίων και μια μελωδικότητα που τον ξεχωρίζει από τους άλλους συγγραφείς αστυνομικών μυθιστορημάτων. Μέσα σε όλα αυτά θα πρόσθετα και μια νότα μελαγχολίας που πηγάζει από τις ιστορίες του, τόσο εξαιτίας των καταστάσεων που αντιμετωπίζουν οι ήρωές του, όσο και λόγω του τοπίου το οποίο ενδείκνυται για ψυχοπλακωτικές περιγραφές.
Σε αυτό το βιβλίο, όμως
Chrissa Vasileiou
Mar 17, 2015 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
4 αστεράκια,αν και ψιλοαπογοητεύτηκα,μιας και ούτε κατά διάνοια δεν ήταν τόσο τρομακτικό το βιβλίο,όσο υπονοούσαν ο τίτλος και η περίληψή του..Ατμοσφαιρικό...μμμμ ναι ΟΚ,και πάλι όμως σε μερικά σημεία μόνο..Σε ό,τι αφορά το υπερφυσικό,γιατί στο περιγραφικό κομμάτι του ναι,ήταν!

Θεωρώ πως περισσότερο αυτό το βιβλίο το σώζει το νησί Έλαντ,όπου διαδραματίζεται το στόρυ,και η ίδια η Σουηδία με το χειμώνα της.Τρομερή βοήθεια το περιβάλλον στον αναμφισβήτητα ταλαντούχο συγγραφέα,που καταφέρνει να πλάσε
Nancy Oakes
Joakim and Katrine Westin, along with their two small children, have decided to leave Stockholm to buy and renovate an old manor house at Eel Point on the island of Öland. Along with its two lighthouses, this area has a long history of shipwrecks and drownings, and it is said that the voices of the dead can still be heard. But for Joakim and Katrine, Eel Point offers a new beginning. For their children there are meadows and forests to play in, a definite change from urban life in Stockholm. But ...more
Peter Taylor
Jan 31, 2011 Peter Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and would give it 4 stars. Personally I think the blurb on the cover is an exaggeration and does not do the story justice. It is not a frightening horror/crime story. It is an eerie believable ghost story about a house that was built from wood salvaged from a vessel wrecked of the Island in 1846. However this is no Hollywood type of sinister monster house.

It is the story of how Joakim and his children cope with the death of his sister and wife. Intertwined with details of the t
Sep 22, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, drama
Ωραίο βιβλίο με ωραία πλοκή. Αλλά κάπου με απογοήτευσε. Δεν ήταν η ιστορία που νόμιζα πως θα διαβάσω, αυτό που περίμενα. Ήταν η εξιχνίαση κάποιων φόνων και κυρίως η συναισθηματική και ψυχολογική κατάπτωση ενός άντρα και το βαρύ του πένθος. Βέβαια υπήρχε μια απειλή στην ιστορία που όσο το διάβαζα μεγάλωνε αλλά ως εκεί. Εγώ ήθελα φαντάσματα!! πολλά φαντάσματα!!
Graham Botha
Dec 07, 2014 Graham Botha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theorin has captured the bleak and frozen winters of Olan, an island off the coast of Sweden, not only in his descriptions, which blend seamlessly into the story, but also in the content of the narrative. The darkness and oppressiveness of the plot are enhanced by his descriptions of the setting. Add to this his skill at weaving a plot that defies prediction, as well as multiple clever twists, and you have a highly entertaining novel which has you gasping and even laughing at his writing skill. ...more
Tanja Berg
May 19, 2012 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Først leste jeg "Blodläge" - på svensk - og etterpå de to foregående, "Skumringstimmen" og "Nattefokk". Jeg liker virkelig Theorins måte å skrive på. Ølands landskap, sommergjestene, de permanentboende - alt sammen føles så nært og så virkelig. Theorin har gjerne overnaturlige element i sine bøker, som til slutt pleier å vise seg å ha naturlige årsaker. En uvanlig kriminalroman, hvor selve saken ikke nødvendigvis føles som kjernen, og ofte tar baksetet. For hovedpersonen er Øland, og karakterene ...more
Tomáš Fojtik
Jun 18, 2012 Tomáš Fojtik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4
Theorin v současnosti představuje to nejlepší ze švédské kriminálky. Mlhy Olandu se mi líbily tak 50/50, ale tohle bylo mnohem lepší. Jedinou překážkou vám může být duchařina. Pokud ji nemáte rádi, nečtěte to.
Сибин Майналовски
Много психопатщина има в тази книга :) Значително по-добра от първата в поредицата. Струва си, определено.
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Yahel Avelsnik
Jan 26, 2013 Yahel Avelsnik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia
I really don't understand why this book got so many good reviews here and on other sites. Maybe the translator did a bad job and spoiled the effect of the book (I read it in Russian)though I seriously doubt it.
First of all, this book is devoid of any features of a literary style. By this I mean - no metaphors, no stylistic devices, just a mere sequence of events given in the most trivial manner ever. And it's not Hemingway or Kafka, of course. OK, stylistic devices are not so important nowadays
Xime García
Dec 15, 2014 Xime García rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reseñados
★★★★: Me encantó, en serio.

Fascinante. Desde que descubrí a Camilla Läckberg que miro con buenos ojos a la literatura sueca. Y por eso, tras leer la sinopsis, supe que este libro no me iba a decepcionar.
De hecho, me sorprendió. Me sorprendió mucho.

Cuenta la fatídica historia de un matrimonio con dos hijos pequeños, con un pasado sesgado por muertes y madres ausentes, y con una extraña manera de vivir, al margen de las cosas. Esta familia se muda a una mansión, Aludden, en la isla de Oland, con
Pamela Scott
I loved The Darkest Room, absolutely loved it. Theorin offers us one of those great crime novels that isn’t really about crime but everyone affected by it. Unlike ‘traditional’ crime novels where the main character is a cop investigating the crime, the cops play a minor role in The Darkest Room. I like it when an author writing in such a popular genre tries to do something a little bit different.

Theorin blends crime and the supernatural in a very subtle way in The Darkest Room. I love it when wr
I have read Theorin's first book which had a depth of character and history that I really enjoyed. I have also recently read Chris Bohjalian's "The Night Strangers" which I hated. This book is what Bohjalian was trying to accomplish and didn't. This was an extremely well-written mystery that was also a ghost story. An old manor by the sea, inhabited for many years by those who kept up the lighthouses on the coast, is the setting for an accident that is eventually deemed a murder. Add to the narr ...more
Jul 12, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part ghost story, part crime fiction, 100% thriller, it is an intriguing, atmospheric novel that kept me gripped right up until its high-octane ending. While certain scenes lacked realism - for example, the seemingly indestructible Tilda carrying on her policework after having an axe thrown at her head and Joakim repeatedly heading out to the barn at night, leaving his two children all alone in the house when he knows that his daughter is unsettled in her sleep - the novel as a whole is well tho ...more
When I had read Echoes from the Dead, I was not really expecting a taut thriller, with a sad and believable protagonist and a plot which racing between two time periods and an unlikely outcome, a twist in the very last pages. It kept me hooked up to the last page. I made the mistake of underestimating the book, and I was properly thrilled with its stature. And, then I made the mistake of over estimating The Darkest Room, and was not really thrilled by the book and its contents. Make no mistake o ...more
David Hebblethwaite
The manor house at Eel Point, on the Swedish island of Öland, has had a dark reputation ever since it was built using salvage from a shipwreck. There have been a number of deaths associated with the place over the years, and the latest happens shortly after Joakim Westin moves in there with his family – his wife Katrine drowns, apparently accidentally. A young police officer named Tilda Davidsson looks into events, and starts to wonder if Katrine’s death really was all that accidental – whilst J ...more
Oct 11, 2009 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a ghost story as good as this one in a very long time and maybe ever.
This book is set in Sweden in a manor house on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Two lighthouses are also on the shore not too far from the house.
Joakim and Katrine Westin and their young son and daughter have just moved into a big old long-neglected house with the intentions of remodeling it. However, "there are things that cannot be repaired, lives that have gone wrong, and secrets that have followed them."
Within a
Петър Панчев
Призраците на остров Йоланд
(Цялото ревю е тук:

Напълно задоволен и обсебен от „В смутните часове по здрач“ (, беше доста лесно да се навия за следващата книга за остров Йоланд. „Нощна буря“ („Колибри“, 2015, с превод на Светла Стоилова) не е директно продължение, а нова история, която не засяга тази от първата книга. Единствената значима връзка е старият Йерлоф, който май се оказва нещо като истински извор на знан
Lukasz Pruski
Johan Theorin's "The Darkest Room" will be a very good read for people who like mysteries with a slightly supernatural bent. The novel takes place in northern Öland, Sweden, and the author aptly conveys the "barren and fatal" landscape of the place.

A couple with two small kids moves in to a huge manor house next to a lighthouse on the coast of Öland island. Then the grim events from the past begin to affect the present. We learn about a string of several deaths and disappearances connected with
Aug 03, 2012 Sherrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems like Scandinavian mystery writers are really taking over the genre, and I found this entry to be topnotch. There's no better setting for this type of book than a sparsely populated, blizzard-ridden island in the Baltic Sea, and the locale was satisfying enough to send a few solid chills down my spine. There were enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me hooked to the end. The characters are good, but the setting makes the book. If set in a city, this would be pretty ho-hum.
Full dis
I enjoyed reading The Darkest Room. The rich description of the atmosphere on the Island Oland and Eel Point was believable. Unfortunately, the characters in the book all fell kind of flat and unemotional. If only everyone can have a 2 year old son that is perfectly behaved and seems to not need any parenting at all! It is a shame because I like the author's style of writing and the book flowed along quite well. Toward the end of the book it got a little silly and the conclusion to the murder my ...more
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Ellen Keim
Dec 15, 2011 Ellen Keim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
I'm a huge fan of Johan Theorin! I knew I'd found something special when I read his first book, Echoes From the Dead. But this book sealed it. It's haunting on so many levels: literally, atmospherically, psychologically. The main character, Joakim Westin, goes through a terrible ordeal and even though I haven't experienced what he does, I could identify strongly with his reactions. I liked the other main characters, too: the amateur detective, Gerlof (who is also in the first book), the police o ...more
Minty McBunny
I have wanted to read this for two years! It was listed as a lost book by my library, I've been waiting for them to reorder it for quite some time and they finally did.

It was well worth the wait. Richly evocative, the language was equally strong at creating visible settings and palpable mood, I was engaged from page one and the sense of foreboding was constant even as the book skipped through history. I really enjoyed everything about this book and will be asking my friendly librarian to get th
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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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