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Nattfåk (The Öland Quartet #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,860 ratings  ·  229 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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Franco  Santos
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.
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
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.
Peter Taylor
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
Xime García
: 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 inte
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Graham Botha
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
Anirban Das
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
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."
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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
Yahel Avelsnik
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
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
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.
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Ellen Keim
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
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A very good Swedish book - with all the right "ingredients". More of a ghost story that will lull you into forgetting the crime behind. Although "lull" might not be the correct word concerning how scared you may feel when you believe in ghosts, but it refers mostly to the pace of the first two thirds of the novel. And so the final twist comes very unexpectedly and is a true revelation. I am considering running to a bookstore to get The Quarry but I am held back by the pile of books on my bedsite ...more
Tanja Berg
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
Lizzy Chandler
The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin has been sitting on my To Be Read pile for a while. It was only when I finished it that I realised it’s the second of a quartet of books, each set on the island of Öland, Sweden’s second largest island and the smallest of its traditional provinces. Having said that, I think the series must be based more on the setting rather than any plot elements, as The Darkest Room reads like a stand-alone book.

WINTER 1846.

This is where my book begins, Katrine, the year when
Another great tale from Theorin.
Again based in Oland, with Gerlof Davidsson and his old mates providing some help to Joakim Westin, a new resident, after his wife drowns. A good mix of Swedish folklore, life in Oland through the 20th century, mystery, murder, revenge and secrets. A new policewoman battles to make a difference, a series of burglaries, a blizzard and ghosts all lead to an exciting conclusion.
Theorin knows how to make a story move along.
Carey Combe
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Ghost story more than crime fiction, I think. The real character in these books is the island of Oland - the description of it in the winter is particularly good. This one is set in an old house on the ast coast, built from wood salvaged from a wreck, so tragedy is part of the very fabric of the house and there are many vignettes about the people who have died in or around the house over the years. There are many different strands to the story and some are less well developed than others (it is ...more
A mix of crime novel, thriller, a dash of horror perhaps, blending history and the "present" (well, the 90s - almost present but lacking cellphones) in a setting so far nearly unexplored by literature (and I'm not talking about the old creepy estate thing - it's Öland in general). Some of the characters might've been left, well, slightly flat, but the background, the situations they are put in, the surroundings, the historical bits - all are well executed. The house, its history and its secrets, ...more
I enjoyed this. It sucked me in early on and I kept turning the pages to find out what would happen. I don't really read much from this genre, but I really liked this one. I plan to try and get hold of another book by the author.
Tomáš Kaplan Fojtik
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.
A crime thriller set on a frozen island just off Sweden. Won't be looking for any more by this author but it whiled the time away quite nicely and made me feel quite grateful for our weather; awful as it's been.
There is nothing that I love more than a good ghost story. I could easily have finished this story in one sitting but I really enjoyed the atmosphere and mood of this book so much that I read it in mouthfuls, savouring each delicious spooky mouthful.

The main characters in this story is an island and an old lighthouse-keepers house. The people in this story play out their parts but both in the past and the present, the island of Oland and the house direct and influence their paths.

I love stories
Tracy Terry
An odd combination of crime thriller and 'ghost' story which the author describes as a 'dark mystery with some supernatural overtones'. The Darkest Room is book 2 in a quartet of books, one for each season of the year.

Though there are several threads to the novel (thankfully all of which eventually come together) this is essentially the story of the mystery surrounding the death of one of the Westin family and the even bigger mystery of the spooky goings on in their family home, an old manor hou
Helena Maelstrom
This book is highly recommended if you like to be kept on the edge of your chair, sofa or bed. I felt like I was on the island of Oland myself. It was beautifully written.
Marcus Richter
it's very well written, didn't like the end, didn't like the "dead" ppl talking and appearing. Echoes from the dead was much better.
Mar 01, 2014 Chrissie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I don't read crime/mystery or ghost stories, but heck I loved the way the sample pulled me back to Sweden. Variation is good!
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Öland Quartet (4 books)
  • Echoes from the Dead (The Öland Quartet #1)
  • Blodläge (The Öland Quartet #3)
  • Rörgast (The Öland Quartet, #4)
Echoes from the Dead (The Öland Quartet #1) Sankta Psyko Blodläge (The Öland Quartet #3) Rörgast (The Öland Quartet, #4) På stort alvar

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