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Nattfåk (The Öland Quartet #2)

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En fyr som förutspår död, en livskamrat som dör, en sägen om de döda som återuppstår …

När den storm som kallas fåken drar in över Öland gör man bäst i att hålla sig inne. Fåken kommer från norr med is, snö och dimma och drar med sig allt i sin väg.

Det är vinter på norra Öland. Åluddens stora gård, beläget vid en fyr, har stått öde och igenbommad i många år. Det sägs att hu
Paperback, 383 pages
Published April 17th 2009 by Månpocket (first published 2008)
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Oct 31, 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
Mar 29, 2015 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.
Chrissa Vasileiou
Oct 25, 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
Oct 17, 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!!
Xime García
Feb 07, 2015 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 inte
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Graham Botha
Dec 12, 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
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
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
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
Oct 14, 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
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
Feb 03, 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
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
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
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
Jan 14, 2016 Berber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Last book of 2015. I'm dreading the fact I'm already taking two halfway read books to the next year... No fresh start grrrrr. But next year (as of now this year, oh ye dreadful 2016) I'm going to Read. All. The. Books.

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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
Jun 04, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lizzy Chandler
Jan 16, 2015 Lizzy Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Dec 08, 2013 Calzean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 22, 2015 Nadine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est un livre audio emprunté à la médiathèque que je fréquente. Je ne connais pas du tout cet auteur, mais j'ai l'habitude de toujours prendre des ouvrages au hasard. Le meilleur moyen de découvrir de nouveaux auteurs, non ? La couverture m'a attirée. Le bandeau également : si le livre a obtenu un prix, il devrait me plaire aussi, non ? En tout cas, je tente.

Ajout du 29 mars : livre terminé. Mon intérêt n'a pas diminué avec le temps. J'avais hâte de savoir la fin. Maintenant je sais ! J'avais d
Carey Combe
Jun 21, 2010 Carey Combe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jo Marchant
Aug 11, 2015 Jo Marchant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a whim in a sale and started reading it pretty much straight away. The names and the areas in the book were a little hard to fathom but within a couple of chapters I was hooked. I discovered that this is a set of four books about a small island called Oland off the coast of Sweden. The setting is beautiful and rugged and unforgiving and the author does well to explain how years ago this would have been a thriving busy island and now it is a destination for tourists and summ ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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The Öland Quartet (4 books)
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