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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Mosmarkene ir nomaļš tīrelis ar miglā tītiem plašumiem, salīkušām priedītēm, mitrainēm un slīkšņām. Senlaikos šeit apglabāti dieviem ziedotie upuri, taču apkaimē klīst nostāsti, ka arī mūsdienās ne viens vien te pazudis bez pēdām.Kad Mosmarkenē veikt pētījumus disertācijai ierodas jaunā bioloģe Natālija, apkārtējie pat nenojauš, ka viņa cieši saistīta ar šo apkaimi.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2017 by Jāņa Rozes apgāds
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I loved this fantastic piece of Scandi-Noir far more than I expected to, I have grown to be a little weary of the over top blood fests that often characterise this genre and this novel made a welcome change. This is a deeply atmospheric mystery set in the village of Mossmarken, in the ancient desolate, remote wetlands of Sweden, subject to constant dripping drizzles, storms, mists and veils of fogs. It is an area rich in superstitions, legends and mythology, where people disappear, never to be s ...more
Louise Wilson
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. In the remote Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarkens: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods. Biologist Natalie came to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken,was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.

Natalie is doing field experiments for her Doctoral thesis on Wetlands, but this is not
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Forbidden Place' is Susanne Jansson's debut novel, and it's an intriguing one at that! The premise is highly original and had me excited to get started reading. The setting is the most prominent character is this novel, the village of Mossmarken, in the remote Swedish wetlands is is one of the most interesting things about this deeply atmospheric mystery. Being a lover of Scandi-Noir, I was instantly drawn to this as a result. I appreciated the use of mythology to deepen the mystery and cre ...more
Mike Sumner
Oh dear. I got completely bogged down with The Forbidden Place (no pun intended). So much hype about the book and yet, for me, it's a slow burner that never really gets going until near the end.

Nathalie returns to her childhood home in Mossmarken, a village on the edge of a mire in the remote Swedish wetlands. Rents a cottage on the estate of the local manor in order to carry out studies on emissions from the mire. The same mire where 'The Lingonberry Girl' had been found, a body dating back to
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The marshland is a desolate place with misty meadows, sloping pines, and sinking soils. Once upon a time, sacrifices to the gods were buried here, and rumors say that people still disappear without a trace...

Offermossen "The Forbidden Place" is a thrilling novel about Nathalie who are doing field experiments for her doctoral thesis on wetlands. The thesis is not the only reason Nathalie has rented a cottage to the experiments. She has returned to the place she once grew up. Where she was happy.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nathalie, a biology major, returned to her Swedish hometown where her parents died in what was believed to be a murder-suicide. She's come to study the plant life in the bog. Things change when she finds a friend seriously injured and left for dead in the bog. Soon bodies are discovered in the bog. I was disappointed in this book. The solution was pretty obvious. While the police are present in the investigation, I never got a real feel for their work on the case. The novel seemed too focused on ...more
Tiffany PSquared
OK, so I wanted this book to be so much more than it is. It is a crime mystery/thriller that has whisperings of something sinister and creepy underneath the surface. It is not a horror story, but I'm thinking that maybe it would have been better if it was.

Although this is not a horror story in the true sense of that genre, the underlying tone of the story is dark and definitely includes paranormal phenomena from beginning to end. That's the part I liked.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed the rest
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for inviting me to read an advance copy of The Forbidden Place, a stand alone novel set in North Western Sweden.

Nathalie Ström returns to Mossmarken after 14 years to do biological research in the peat bog. It is in the bog that she finds her friend Johannes who has been badly beaten and weighed down with coins. She doesn't know what to think but the police come to believe that he may have been an intended sacrifice.

I enjoyed The Forbidden
3.5 stars
This was an easy read and most definitely a page-turner. I was expecting a little more fright, but needless to say, I had fun along the ride trying to solve the mystery. Who done it?!?!

The cover sets the tone for the scenery of The Forbidden Place. The peat moss, different grasses, and trees, the mist; I loved referring back to this cover whenever the story was referring to the bog.

I was not expecting the friendships and relationships this contained, but it was enjoyable as if meeting
Ken Fredette
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For her first book Susanne Jansson was fantastic to say the least. So many hidden truths and repressions to later come up and be known to solve problems. Nathalie woke up with a splitting headache with her car packed ready to head out on her attempt to write her dissertation on bog greenhouse gasses. At the time she was living in Gothenburg but went back to where she originally came from which was near Åmål and Fengerskog exits in Sweden. She was renting a small cottage from a Agneta, a woman wh ...more
Not bad, average.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I read this book more or less in one sitting it's what I call a typical Nordic crime book. The whole story meandered along without any ups and downs. In the end there is an overall solution, but the author couldn't resist to add some sentences to give the impression of a question mark remaining.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this ethereal crime mystery with a brooding sense of unease, The Forbidden Place is where past practices keep unsettling pace with the present.

Moderately eerie passages capture the devouring nature of the peat bog and the sinister ancient rites that accompany it. And although the narration can feel a little disjointed in places, this mirrors the main character’s thoughts as she processes the tragedy she has encountered.

Once I’d settled in to the flow I could appreciate the effectiveness o
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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My very first impression of this book was created by the wonderful cover art; it succinctly conveys the almost gothic like chilliness that pervades the landscape, there is an almost palpable sense of mystery, unease and intrigue. Fog, mist, swamp, peat bogs, isolation… the landscape is such a huge character in this book.

Moody with finely drawn characters, spiced with a little history, sadness and spooky folk tales, these are the elements that provide the skeleton for this chilling narrat
Cathy Ryan
This is a story of two halves for me. On one hand there’s the darkness, sense of unease and mystery surrounding the crime and paranormal element, on the other a lot of wading through unnecessarily detailed accounts that brought a slow burning but intriguing plot almost to a standstill.

I don’t normally mention the formatting of an ARC (I know they’re uncorrected much of the time) and I only do so now because reading this one was a challenge as there were no page breaks to speak of, signifyin
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a little bit of Scandi Noir, stories that are dark, foreboding, and just a little bit bleak, all of which can be used to describe The Forbidden Place. It starts with Nathalie returning to her childhood home, or at least close to it, determined to face her demons and - finally - move on with her life. What those demons are isn't exactly clear, though her story slowly gets told as the book progresses. That it has to do with the marsh she is staying next to, however, isn't in any doubt.
To Na
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Gently intriguing story, with the bog/marsh/mire almost acting as one of the characters.

There are 2 mysteries going on, and they tie together really nicely - the bodies emerging and Nathalie’s history and backstory. No major shocks but the truth unravels as Nathalie gains the confidence to focus on her past.

Maya’s chapters are interspersed with Nathalie’s, and I really enjoyed the interaction with other characters such as Leif and Goran.

If there’s a series following Leif’s investigations with M
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I am a great fan of Nordic thrillers, movies and TV-series so I’m always curious after new interesting titles/authors. Nordic thrillers tend to be nicely dark with interesting characters. In my opinion, The Forbidden Place could have done with a little less description of the landscape and the atmosphere and more character development. It was at times rather slow and I thought it a bit unbalanced because only almost at the end of the book more details about Nathalie’s past become clear.
It is ve
Nicki Southwell
This is a very creepy and frightening read. Set in Mossmarken, Sweden, the locals have been leaving offerings for the Gods.

Biologist Natalie arrives there to study the peat bogs but things don't go smoothly. She has a big secret. She grew up in Mossmarken and suffered trauma as a child.

This is a good book but only reading it will give you the ending.

I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased. My thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity.
Start with 100 pages of awkward, obvious infodumps. Once you've finally (and laboriously) set the scene, you start tossing out red herrings that are a little too pat and perfect. In your zeal for the twist of the mystery, you choose a totally-out-of-left-field character to be your killer, only you choose badly: you've picked the one character who basically has no actual motive...but who's left? A bit player, barely on the page?

Honestly, that would've been a better choice.

Mix in a bunch of boring
Alison Wallace Projansky
I enjoyed this debut novel by Swedish writer Susanne Jansson. The atmosphere, set in Swedish bogs, is creepy but beautiful. The characters were appealing, with a scientist returning to her past town to research the bog, and face the deaths of her parents. It is a love story too, with a mystery of missing persons. I experienced a slight disconnect with the writing, but this was probably due to the translation. I'll watch for more from Jansson. Mystery & Thriller
THE FORBIDDEN PLACE is a bit different from what we normally anticipate in Nordic noir offerings. Debut author Susanne Jansson is no stranger to the arts, having worked as a freelance photographer and journalist for over two decades in her native Sweden. While the book features elements of photography and science, it also uses a modern rustic setting in its description of a quest to enable justice and closure for those left behind following a tragedy.

A biologist named Nathalie is the catalyst be
Elli (Kindig Blog)
When a man is found unconscious in the mires of Mossmarken, a sacrificial bag of coins in his pocket a light is shone on the dark human and supernatural history of the area. It also begs the question - how many other victims are hidden in the marshes?

The Forbidden Place is a psychological thriller told from the perspective of biologist Nathalie, a returning visitor with a secret past and photographer Maya who is on a mission to uncover the truth. I felt that it was quite slow to start with a lot
Julie Smith
In the remote Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarken: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods.

Biologist Nathalie came in order to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.

Soon after her arrival, she finds an unconscious man out on the marsh, his pockets filled with gold - just
Pamela Scott

(copy from publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

The Forbidden Place had me hooked from page one. I loved this book. I feel completely under its spell. The book has a great sense of place with the mire and the village, both of these are really brought to life. They were so vivid and real. The mire is a great place for sinister events to take place. The characters are great. Nathalie is a great character. I really felt for her as she struggles to
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forbidden Place brought something new to the exciting realm of Scandi noir - it gave us an intelligent sense of place through its history and ancient legends. The reader learns quite a lot about Swedish cultural superstitions and beliefs. Nathalie's work as a biologist studying the peat bog delivered even more interesting information about our environment, evolution and wetlands. But, this is not the first time Nathalie has been to Mossmarken. It wasn't solely the peat bog that brought her h ...more
Jane Hunt
I find Scandinavian Noir mystery thrillers difficult. I enjoy the atmospheric settings and the underlying menace, but I find the pacing inexorably slow and the characters hard to empathise and understand.

All these things are true of 'The Forbidden Place', so from that point of view it fits well into this genre, the ending is good, and the author's ability to create suspense is not in doubt, it's just for me the slow pace, and the characters' insular, inherent coldness negate this.

Nathalie, a bio
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An elegant, philosophical thriller set in the remote peat bogs of Sweden. Nathalie is a biologist who has come to study the effects on the peat of climate change. She lived in the area of Mossmarken as a child and we know from the outset that something terrible has happened to her. Not long after she arrives she discovers an unconscious man whose pockets contain gold coins. Whilst he lies in the hospital it is up to policeman Leif and his police photographer, Maya, to discover what has happened. ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" Moore ...
are ensouled places ...
are a place where people have always disappeared ...
enliven the belief in ghosts ... "

The Forbidden Place is an extremely atmospheric (calm) thriller that skillfully combines reality and superstition." Susanne Jahnsson creates a "presence" that you can not escape even after hours of reading ...
... tock ..., tock ..., tock ...

(German titel: Opfermoor)

sind beseelte Orte...
sind ein Ort, an dem schon immer Menschen verschwunden sind...
beleben den Glaub
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps a 2.5. I am truly not sure if I disliked the author’s writing style and word choices or if my displeasure stemmed from the translation. Many of the descriptive words evoked little emotion and often felt like the wrong choice of word. Conversations among characters fell flat and did little to build relationships or a sense of connection.

Aside from the writing style, the plot was an interesting choice. The focus on the bog and the sacrificial killing opened the door to a lot of historical
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Susanne Jansson was born in 1972 in Åmål, Sweden. She later moved to Gothenburg to work in advertising and then to New York to study photography. After returning to Sweden, she worked as a freelance photographer while studying journalism, and for the past twenty years she has been combining her work as a photographer with being a freelance journalist focusing on reportage and profile stories in ar ...more
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