I'm not sure what to make of this book so far. It's got plenty of intriguing stuff going on but it's not unputdownable. It starts in what I presume is the present day, at least it's eighteen years after the story that starts to be told a few pages in. In those first few pages we see at least three of the characters from the main story that comes after them.
One of the problems I have with translated stories is that I wonder how much of the writing is what would have been in the original version....more
I really enjoyed this crime novel. It's different, firstly as it's not written from the usual perspective of the detective solving the murder case. Kerstin Ekman wrote Blackwater from the point of view of three main characters and I really felt like I could relate to the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of three distinct individuals throughout.
It was beautifully written but in a very 'real' way. For me, what makes it st...more
As far as mystery & crime thrillers go, this was quite good - the mystery surrounding the double murder increases and the last 120 pages were quite surprising at some points - but the rest was not so compelling. Even thou...more
Oh, and the eel in the bucket was a particularly nice touch.
There are huge sections of descriptive prose dotted throughout that are quite nice if you like that sort of thing but I just ended up skimming them, desperate for the actual story to ge...more
Now there is some controversy surrounding Tomas Quick's admission of guilt, many hold...more
What a terrific book. Slow, yes, but addictively so. And a major whammy ending.
But seriously, Blackwater is an excellent, excellent book. Joan Tate's translation is graceful and clean, and just a bit spooky. The book itself is consistently unnerving, and I have to say that I never saw the resolution to the mystery. But calling Blackwater a mystery is really an oversimplification, and I say that as someone with a lot of...more
She began her career with a string of successful detective novels (among others De tre små mästarna ("The Three Little Masters") and Dödsklockan ("The Death Clock")) but later went on to persue psychological and social themes. Among her later works are Mörker och blåbärsris ("Darkness and Blueberries"), set in northern Sweden, and Händelser vid vatten (...more