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Skumtimmen (The Öland Quartet #1)

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En dimmig sensommardag i början av sjuttiotalet på norra Öland försvinner en liten pojke utan några som helst spår. I dagar letar familjen, polisen och frivilliga efter honom. Tjugo år senare får pojkens mor Julia ett oväntat telefonsamtal från sin far, den åldrige sjökaptenen Gerlof Davidsson. Han ber henne komma till Öland
Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 22nd 2008 by Månpocket (first published 2007)
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Oct 28, 2015 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
Kostas Papadatos
Ο πεντάχρονος γιος της Τζούλια Ντάβιντσον εξαφανίστηκε ένα πρωινό του 1972 χωρίς ποτέ να βρεθεί ούτε ένα ίχνος του. ΕΙΚΟΣΙ χρόνια περίπου αργότερα, ο Γέρλοφ (πατέρας της Τζούλια) λαμβάνει με το ταχυδρομείο ένα παιδικό παπούτσι. Μαντέψτε ποιανού είναι. Από το σημείο αυτό και έπειτα ο Γέρο-Γέρλοφ και η κόρη του, προσπαθούν να ενώσουν τα κομμάτια του πάζλ ώστε να λύσουν το μυστήριο της εξαφάνισης.
Όμορφη αστυνομική περιπέτεια με μπόλικη δόση μυστηρίου. Μοναδική μου ένσταση? Οι ηρώες. Πιο κρύοι και α
Sep 14, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Franco  Santos
Apr 22, 2014 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
Jan 24, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite element in this book is the sense of place. Öland is a barrier island off the Baltic coast of Sweden. Theorin sets four novels for each season. In autumn there are very few residents in the tiny fictitious village of Stenvik. The emptiness of the thinly-soiled limestone landscape and the sparse population make for a memorable setting..... perfect for uncovering past crimes and mysteries. I'm looking forward to learning more about Öland with a new story and new characters ...more
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
Alexandra (matobookalo)
Πρόκειται για ένα θρίλερ που μεταφέρει τον αναγνώστη μία στο παρόν και μία στο παρελθόν. Η ιστορία είναι αρκετά δυνατή: αφορά την εξαφάνιση ενός εξάχρονου αγοριού που ύστερα από 20 περίπου χρόνια δεν έχει λυθεί. Έχει πολλά στοιχεία ενός καλού θρίλερ και ειδικά από ένα σημείο και μετά γίνεται πολύ δυνατό. Θεωρώ βέβαια ότι σε κάποια σημεία είναι λίγο επιτηδευμένο ή απλό σαν λύση και σε κάποια άλλα γίνεται λίγο κουραστικό. Είναι για 3,5/5 αλλά βάζω 4/5 γιατί παρ’ όλες τις αδυναμίες του υπήρξαν ανατ ...more
Carey Combe
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...
Aug 26, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2012
Absolutely loved it. Beautifully written. Great misterious scandinavian atmosphere. No hot shot detectives, no fancy investigations, no boring clichees.
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.

Ellen Keim
Nov 29, 2011 Ellen Keim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
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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
Nov 27, 2008 Jmm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Петър Панчев
Остров, мъгли и две паралелни истории, разказани с умение
Цялото ревю тук:

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
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
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
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
3 αστέρια

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
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
Dec 02, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2011 yexxo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, krimi
Ach menno, manchmal denke ich wirklich, man sollte Klappentexte verbieten, soviel Unsinn wie da verzapft wird. 'Eine feine Mischung aus Krimi und Gespensterroman. Zum Gruseln gut.' meint die Für Sie über das erste Buch 'Öland' von Johan Theorin. Wetten, dass wer immer dies auch geschrieben hat, lediglich die Inhaltsangabe gelesen hatte? Von Geistern und Gespenstern ist in dem ganzen Buch nämlich weit und breit keine Spur zu finden. Und zum Gruseln ist die ganze Geschichte nun sicherlich auch nic ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found a new favorite author. I enjoyed Johan Theorin"s 1st book in the Oland series very much. A five year old boy disappears from the Oland Island southeast of Sweden. He was never found and his mother has been grieving for 20 years. His grandfather receives a sandal in the mail that looks like the sandal Jens was wearing on that day. The grandfather Gerloft calls his daughter Julia to come to see him so they can resolve what happened to Jens.

It was a very good mystery. I had to make mys
Kat Hagedorn
Mar 09, 2010 Kat Hagedorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery

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
Dec 18, 2016 Лиляна rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Страхотен трилър. Държи в напрежение от начало до край.
С удоволствие бих прочела и други книги на автора.
Jul 21, 2011 Minna rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 22, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 03, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awesome
Echoes from the Dead takes place on the Swedish island of Oland. The author makes you feel like you are actually there. His descriptions take you into the atmosphere of the town. This is not your typical mystery and the answers unravel slowly. I will read more books by this author.
Jan Koster
Aug 29, 2016 Jan Koster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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