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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,618 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Välkommen till Hemmet. En kuslig berättelse om kärlek, vänskap och den största skräcken av alla: att förlora kontrollen över sig själv.

Joel är tillbaka i småstaden där han växte upp. Han har tvingats bli förälder till sin mamma Monika, som nu ska flytta in på demensboendet Tallskuggan.

På hemmet jobbar Joels barndomsvän Nina. De har inte pratat med varandra sedan tonårens s
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published May 11th 2017 by Norstedts (first published 2017)
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Louise Wilson
Joel and Nina haven't spoken in twenty years. They had once been inseparable.

Joel's mother has dementia and he had to return to his hometown to care for her. Monika needs specialist care which means Joel will have to take her to Pineshade Nursing Home where Nina works. Monica's health quickly deteriorated. She has terrifying outbursts, she's violent and she shouts out things she couldn't possibly know. Nina and Joel know Monika well ento see the signs; only by working together they can try and
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
Twenty years ago an eighteen-years-old Joel left the small village of Lyckered to try and make it as a musician in Stockholm, now aged thirty-eight he has returned. A few years ago his mother, Monika suffered a heart attack where she died and had to be resuscitated. The heart attack brought on dementia that now plagues her, orchestrating Joel’s return to his childhood home where he moved back to become her guardian.

Joel has an older brother, Bjorn who is largely absent with his own family, job a
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Home is a spectacular tale of mistakes, families and forgiveness. Nina and Joel haven’t seen each other in twenty years. Mistakes were made, and both blame the other for both their approach to life and what it become. This is a story that will have your heart aching and palpitating in equal measure. At points, it’s not healthy for the readers continuation of life – my favourite type of read!

This one hit home especially hard after having a career in nursing the elderly specialising in neurol
Rachel Bridgeman
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-20
This is a novel of horror and suspense which is very much rooted in reality and the way we, as a society, treat our elders.
The source of the creeping dead is centred in a residential/nursing home for older people, where the narration is split between Joel-a failed singer who missed his big chance to get out of his home town-Nina-one of the nurses who works in the care home he places his mother in-and the residents.
As Joel faces the reality that his mother is no longer safe to be left to live alo
Life in books Ric
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading Mats Strandberg, and wow! What an introduction!

The protagonist, Joel, returns to his home town after many years away to help his Mother, Monika move into a care home as her dementia worsens.

Monika’s health quickly deteriorates once in her new home - Pineshade, but is it her illness natural course or is something more sinister afoot?!

If you enjoy stories of family heartbreak, friendship, love and loss with a whole heap of eerie - this is the book for you.

I loved it!
Martin DH
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good horror fiction. It reminds me of the japanese style of building an earie story with a lot of atmosphere and a sense of creeping horror. You can also see that the author have done a very thorough research on how it is to work at a hospice/elderly home and how demented patients behave and that made the book feel authentic and...well...creepy.

Anyone who would like to read a great horror story without much jump scares, this is the book for you.
Tabatha Stirling
If this book were corporeal I'd be writing it poetry & proposing in Highgate cemetery.

I challenge you to read this in more than 2 sittings because I guarantee it will be impossible. An absolute blinder of a thriller. Dark, juicy, menacing with a poetic narrative that is unusual in commercial books. Strandberg details the heartbreak of a retirement home but uniquely manages to humanise dementia & the experiences of family and the sufferer. I think the author must have some experience with this s
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book I have read by this author and it literally blew me away. Atmospheric, gripping and heartbraking all in equal measures. The story is mostly set in a Nursing Home and shows the real human side of the devastating and debilitating disease that is Dementia. How the patients deal with it. How it affects their families and loved ones and the care givers who care for them. If that isn't enough you also have something dark and malevolent lurking just out of reach. This book was not what I ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you know me at all, then you'll know that alongside my love of cosy, romantic fiction, I also hold a special place in my heart for horror. Anything to do with spirits, hauntings, demons, poltergeists, possessions... I am there for it. That's not to say that I'm not a massive wimp though, because believe me when I say that I absolutely am, yet I still delight in scaring myself witless and reading books like this well into the early hours of the morning, in the darkness of my room. I'll push my ...more
Rebecka O'Malley
Thank you to Netgalley and Quercus Books for providing a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!!!

"The tiniest loose end could unravel the whole world. The tiniest crack could grow into a chasm."

Joel's mother, Monika, has developed dementia, and must be admitted to Pineshade, an aged care facility for dementia sufferers. When she arrives, it becomes clear to Joel and Nina, his one time best friend, who works there, that something isn't right, and perhaps there is something more t
Elin Nilsson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-swedish, horror, 2018
The second horror book by the author hailed as a Swedish Stephen King... This time the nature of the threat was left ambiguous way longer, which was better in a way, but it was also left ambiguous and unknown to the characters for most of the book which made it seem like they either didn't care or were chasing question marks. While his other book was extremely obvious this one was just flat. I'm just happy it was short. The only thing I really enjoyed with this book was the subtle hint that this ...more
Manab J Kalita
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dementia has never been an easy topic for me. I hate the thought at how a person loses everything that once defined their identity.
Even though that is not the main point of the story, the disease itself sets the platform for a sad and horrific tale.
The story is a bit slow in its first half’ slow; mind you, not at all was boring. In fact the slow start gives it the perfect aura of a haunted tale. The story shifts between past and present from the perspectives of both Joel and Nina and once in a
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's been a while since I read a horror novel, I missed it. And this one did not disappoint.

First of all, it was very refreshing to read a novel taking place in Sweden. I actually didn't know that beforehand and it was a pleasant surprise.

Our main character Joel is a flawed 38-year-old man who has many regrets. Being back home, seeing his mother in that state, and having to commit her while his brother completely brushes off any responsibility is bad enoug
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I definitely enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as 'Färjan/Blood Cruise' (The English title is awful). The build-up was too subtle and too slow given the length of the book, and it lacked a sense of threat to drive the narrative forwards. I think the novel might have benefited from having Monika as a POV as well as Joel and Nina. It was still head and shoulders above other Nordic horror I've read (although admittedly I've not read too much) and the ending was more satisfying than most horror nov ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had some expectations for The Home (Hemmet), because the previous book from Mats Strandberg, Blood cruise, was really really good. But, like all cautious and conscious constant readers, I made sure I stayed reasonable.
I hope that some characters, both from Blood cruise and from The Home might make guest appearances in Strandberg's future books. I really want to meet them again. If they're not dead. Or, maybe even if they are.
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Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: läsecirkel, horror
As with his previous horror book, you kinda didn't need the supernatural elements. An old folks' home is such a creepy environment that the ghost thing is almost a relief - thank God it's not just dementia!

Strandberg is a master of conveying believable characters, you really _understand_ Joel and Nina, where they come from, what they want and so on. That is really the authors most excellent strength, and if he only wrote dramas without the horror/supernatural elements I would have missed this e
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Read for work.

I was initially disgusted by this book: it is REALLY not shy about the bodily horrors of growing old, and in combination with the hopelessness and misery of all the characters... NOT my cuppa.

But then it's like Strandberg can't help but develop all the characters, and I actually get somewhat interested in their arcs, if not in the horror story. (Just not my genre.) Gorana is my favourite. Potentially the only sane one.

The ending is predictable, but that's fine, I wasn't here for
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy the beginning the most when you do not know what is going on. There are many clever details from reality worked into the book that highten the level of creepiness. The book also has a high pace with short chapters which makes it a quick and fun read.

For me the passage into the stage where people have realized that something is going on came too soon. I would have been more freaked out if the book left you with an uncertain feeling: is something spooky going on or not?
Jesper Mikkelsen
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I read a lot of horror fiction, its quite seldom I find anything that truly scares me anymore. But Mats Strandbergs new novel managed to run some icecold fingers up and down my spine!
Sweden rocks, especially when it comes to chilling literature!!
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is gripping - the story proceeds at a good pace and the characters are interesting. This was an interesting and entertaining read, but it wasn't really special - good for a bit of light (though quite creepy) reading. ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
I finished this book in two sittings xd I could not put it down!
Hemmet (the home) is a really good suspense novel but not as scary as I would have liked ;) guess Im sutch a tough cookie XD

This book get a 8/10.
Carolina Edvinsson
My review in swedish ---> Romeoandjuliet
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Scary and creepy, both as far as story and setting goes. I know more than I want to know now about dementia in an old folks home.
Ebba H.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Not really into thrillers, but this was indeed a thrilling book. Not too scary.
Sara Schultz
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such an interesting take on possessions - how dementia can look just like it. Creepy and really, really good!
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poltergeist. Easy read.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I was kinda dissapointed. Maybe my expectation were too high. It wasn't scary, and the ending was so cliche and predictable that it took the rest of the wind out of the book. ...more
Sally Boocock
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the creepiest books I've read. Set in a home for people with dementia it tells the story of Monica , whose son Joel has had to place her in the home as he can't cope anymore. However when she arrives all sorts of strange things begin to happen and the ending is brilliant. It's not a home I would like to end up in that's for sure. ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I chose to read and review an eARC of The Home but that has in no way influenced my review.

The Home is a compelling, immersive piece of quality fiction and it absolutely broke my heart. As a contemporary horror novel it also made me very uneasy and gave me chills. It ticks all the boxes in that respect. But this isn’t a fast-paced thrill ride featuring the same old, same old we’ve all seen time and time again. Oh no. It’s a beautifully wr
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this arc. The cover drew me in, and the blurb had me hooked. I loved Let the Right One in, an iconic Swedish horror novel, so was intrigued. Unfortunately for me The Home was a tedious, slog of a read.
This is narrated from two characters:
* Joel - 38-years old has moved back home, after failing as a musician, to take care off his mother, Matilde. His mother suffered a heart attack and died for a minute, but she came back from her short death and is stru
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Mats Strandberg is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He is a regular columnist for Sweden's biggest evening newspaper, has been named Columnist of the Year by Sweden's Newspapers and Magazines organization, and had published three previous novels, with rights sold in numerous countries. ...more

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