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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,928 ratings  ·  341 reviews
Det är sommar. Sedan tre år tillbringar Lelle nätterna med att köra bil. Han kör utmed väg 95 som skär genom landet från Skellefteå i nordvästlig riktning förbi Arvidsjaur, Arjeplog och mynnar vid norska gränsen, den väg som kallas Silvervägen. För tre år sedan försvann hans dotter spårlöst och hennes försvinnande gnager sönder Lelle inifrån. Samtidigt anländer Meja och he ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Albert Bonniers Förlag (first published 2018)
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Paulina I finished this book last week and so when Annette announced she was pregnant the first thought I had was that it was Lelle's child, but I feel like…moreI finished this book last week and so when Annette announced she was pregnant the first thought I had was that it was Lelle's child, but I feel like it wouldn't have made a difference if it was his because he was so keen on trying to find his missing daughter. He literally had one goal in mind and baby or no baby it wasn't going to stop him. (less)

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Maureen
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
**4.5 stars **

Three years ago, high school teacher Lelle’s 17 year old daughter Lina went missing. Lelle’s wife Annet blamed her husband - he’d dropped his daughter at the bus stop, - why hadn’t he stayed until the bus arrived? Lelle blames himself too, and he uses drink as a crutch, and spends his waking hours searching the ‘silver road ‘ where Lina disappeared. Such is his obsession, he also spends much of the night searching too, not wanting to waste a moment, unable to rest, but it’s playin
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Paromjit
Stina Jackson writes a profoundly moving, atmospheric and haunting debut set in the remote and isolated part of Northern Sweden, with its forests, so intensely dark and cold. Lelle is a middle aged teacher, whose 17 year old daughter, Lina disappeared from a bus stop three years ago. His life has disintegrated, his wife blamed him, and their marriage failed to survive the anguish and despair of their loss. For a while, the police had him down as a suspect, along with Mikael, Lina's boyfriend, wi ...more
Miriam Smith
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readers-first
"The Silver Road" is written by Stina Jackson and has been expertly translated from Swedish by Susan Beard.
Blurb - Three years ago, Lelle's daughter went missing in a remote part of Northern Sweden. Lelle has spent the intervening summers driving the Silver Road under the midnight sun, frantically searching for his lost daughter, for himself and for redemption.
Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Meja arrives in town hoping for a fresh start. She is the same age as Lelle's daughter was - a girl on the
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
So good. I finished in two sittings. I must also say Thanks to the translator, Susan Beard has done an amazing job. It's so flawless, I haven't even realised this was a translation! The sad, elegant writing was there from start to finish.
Carolyn
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an atmospheric novel dealing with profound sorrow and loss. The story is haunting and suspenseful and infused with melancholy. It is elegantly written with rich visual descriptions of the land. Set in the remote far north of Sweden, the descriptions of the forests, the early winter darkness, the frigid winter cold, the summer sun shining at night making sleep difficult, the isolated and abandoned homes, the smells, gives the reader a strong sense of place.

Three years earlier, Lelle dro
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Liz Barnsley
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story of love, loss and obsession as a Father travels the Silver Road endlessly searching for his missing daughter when everyone else has given up...

This was emotionally stunning and charged with melancholy throughout. The setting within the midnight sun of northern Sweden gives it a palpable, heart breaking feel throughout, a deeply moving story in many ways but with a classically drawn mystery element.

Even the darkest journey must come to an end....

Full review to follow.
Beverley
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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Set in northern Sweden, The Silver Road by Stina Jackson is a haunting and atmospheric novel about loss and endurance. In this part of Sweden the sun doesn’t fully set in the summer months so Lelle, a schoolteacher, spends his nights driving the Silver Road searching for his daughter Lina who went missing three years earlier. He was the last person to see her alive after giving her a lift to the bus stop and he blames himself for her disappearance. His marri
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Lou
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silver Road is Stina Jackson's Scandi Noir debut, and it's a promising start to her literary career. Based in the beautiful sparse and isolated Northern Sweden, it's a moving, haunting and wonderfully atmospheric experience. Written in an engaging fashion we follow the story as it meanders and turns chillingly dark. The central aspect of the plot focuses on the love, loss and grief associated with losing a person that is special to you. Having just lost a close family member I can relate to ...more
Kat
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness this was so so good and so so dark and what a wonderful author Stina Jackson is with this absolutely stunning debut novel and it's a definite must read !!
I am such a big fan of Scandi fiction and this book filled all of the requirements and so much more. Intoxicating, atmospheric and set in a bleak landscape of the midnight sun, filled with the desperation and sadness of a father trying to find if his missing daughter is alive driving the Silver road night after night.
Along side t
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Gram
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since his 17 year old daughter Lina disappeared, Lelle Gustaffson has spent his summer nights driving. He travels Route 95 in his Volvo car, traversing the isolated landscape until he reaches the Norwegian border. He visits petrol stations, truck stops, empty houses and even searches roadside rubbish bins. Three years ago, Lina went missing while waiting at a bus shelter after Lelle dropped her off. He was the last person to see her and as a result, he feels guilty, while his wife Annette b ...more
Sarah Connor
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so first of all a confession or two. Firstly, I'm a Scandi-noir virgin. Secondly, I love Ikea.

This book is set a long way from Ikea. It's set a long way from anywhere. It starts in the summer, when the nights are light, and the days are long. Day and night are hard to keep separate. A man spends these summer nights driving up and down the Silver Road, looking for his long lost daughter. A girl falls in love with a boy who can offer her safety and security. The light is dazzling, energising,
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Ruthy lavin
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Scandi fiction and this didn’t disappoint - a thrilling debut and a must-read for any lovers of crime thrillers.
Peter Hellström
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best crime novels I have read. Thumbs up!
Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
‘Even the darkest journey must come to an end…..

A sun that never sets
A daughter that never came home
A father that never stops looking – Lelle

A new town
A new start
And new dangers everywhere – Meja’


The Silver Road is the debut novel from Swedish author Stina Jackson. It was the recipient of the award for ‘The Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year 2018’ and now, Corvus Books (Atlantic Books) have just published it today, with the assistance of translator Susan Beard. The translation is absolutely
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Alex
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I had suuuuuch a hard time trying to give this book a fair rating. Because, honestly, this book is brilliant! Stina has an amazing talent for underlying suspense, character building and creepy sceneries. As someone who grew up in the northern countryside of Sweden I can physically feel, hear and SMELL this fucking book to the point where it got underneath my skin. I felt so uncomfortable. Stina has painted a society so crystal clear, so naked and raw to the point that it scares me. But that's al ...more
Maja Ingrid
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

A quick, cozy listen (audiobooked at the commute to and from work and during work).
L A
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Atlantic Books and Netgalley for the Advance Review Copy

I had to resist the urge to throw this book across the room when I finished it. I spent the last 10% of my time reading it with my heart pounding and trying and failing not to cry. Be warned, this is not an easy read. It is raw, bleak and brutal.

The book follows the different perspectives of Lelle, a man whose 17-year-old daughter went missing three years prior to the events of the novel, and Meja a 17-year-old girl with a diffi
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A most haunting and ethereal novel of loss, hope, seeking answers and life in a remote Swedish village.

It’s a sad premise from the start – the idea of a man driving up and down a remote road searching for his missing daughter. It’s haunting and lyrical too and the visit to this part of Sweden is one you will never forget.

The Silver Road is a real road which runs throughout northern Sweden amongst the villages and houses of the area. It’s a lo
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Sid Nuncius
I’m afraid I found The Silver Road formulaic and rather tedious. I tried it hoping that the setting in Northern Sweden would give it some atmosphere and originality, but it didn’t and I had to struggle to the end.

The central idea is oh-so-familiar. Lelle’s daughter has been missing for three years, having disappeared from a bus stop one morning. Lelle’s marriage has broken up as a result, he has developed an alcohol problem and he obsessively searches the remote countryside looking for her. Mean
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Jade
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

Thank You to NetGalley, Stina Jackson and Atlantic Books for giving me the chamce to read this book.

This book was really good and yet emotional at the same time, I found myself nearly reaching for the tissues in places. I don't really want to explain the plot as I feel it will only add to the many plots out there but what I will say about this book is that I highly recommend it and dont make your mond up by reading other people's reviews, read it for yourself and see what you think.

I th
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Connor Franks
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I loved this book. It's a haunting and tragic but also beautiful story. It follows a Sweedish teacher, Lelle, whose daughter went missing on The Silver Road. As well as, Meja, a girl whose mum is an alcoholic and just generally a bad parent. Their stories then come together in a haunting and tragic ending that's filled with unexpected turns.
Stina Jackson did amazingly at crafting the story and her writing was beautiful, it kept a strong mystery throughout and made the ending more shocking. It's
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Jeanette Heidenberg
The Silver Road is a haunting mystery thriller set in an oppressingly atmospheric corner of Norrland. Lelle spends the nights searching for his lost daughter under the unrelenting midnight sun. Meja is desperately looking for stability away from her alcoholic and manodepressive mother.

I read this book on social reading platform The Pigeonhole, and the story had us all on tenterhooks until the very end. Tears were shed, nails were bitten and many a theory was formed as we were trying to solve th
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Rachel Hall
Disappointing trawl back and forth on the Silver Road in a story of loss, love and a father’s obsession with finding his missing daughter.

Stina Jackson’s debut is the story of a heartbroken father, his quest for answers about the disappearance of his seventeen-year-old daughter and his eventual journey to redemption and in all honesty I found it something of a bizarre read. Whilst never quite a mystery novel nor a profoundly moving exploration of humanity it is obviously intended as a tale of da
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Vikki Patis
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping crime thriller, The Silver Road is beautifully written and brilliantly executed. It hooked me from the first page, drawing me into Lelle's story and the mystery of his missing daughter. I held my breath as the story slowly unravelled, and was not disappointed by the climax.
Gail
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Initially, I found it a little confusing and slow but I was soon hooked and couldn’t put it down.

This is incredibly atmospheric with the backdrop of northern Sweden, but quite simply heartbreaking.

Briefly, Lelle’s 17 year old daughter, Lina, disappeared without trace some three years before. He had dropped her at a bus stop on Silver Road, but no one saw her from thereon in.

Lelle is
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Kelly Van Damme
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pigeonhole
I love The Pigeonhole but reading The Silver Road in staves nearly killed me. As always I enjoyed the interaction with my fellow pigeons, spouting our theories, but every single stave left me wanting more, much more. I decided to join the day before it went live, it was a spur of the moment decision, but by the end of Stave I, I was sold. It crept up on me, got under my skin and set up shop. I was entirely caught up in the story and each time I had to stop because the stave ended I wanted to how ...more
Fay Flude
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not think I was going to like this book when I first started it. The desolation made me feel quite agoraphobic! However I guess it was necessary to paint that picture of remote Northern Sweden to add to the poetic prose which makes this book such an eerie, haunting and heart-breakingly sad but beautiful read. As a reader you can feel the isolation and it is isolation that allows the characters to do what they do. One to continuously hunt for his lost daughter, another to hide girls in impo ...more
Jade
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three years ago, Lelle's daughter went missing in a remote part of Northern Sweden. Lelle has spent the intervening summers driving the Silver Road under the midnight sun, frantically searching for his lost daughter, for himself and for redemption.
This book is beautiful and outstanding, heartbreaking. This book doesn't have a dust jacket which I love and the cover is actually apart of the book. This honestly makes reading alot easier than taking the dust jacket off and back on, I have a bad hab
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Breakaway Reviewers
Compelling Scandi Noir

When Lelle’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Lina, goes missing whilst on her way to a holiday job, the police have to admit defeat. Having followed up several leads there is just no evidence as to what happened, not least lack of a body.

Lelle, however, refuses to give up the search and for the last three years he has spent every Summer night driving the Silver Road, searching woods, ditches and derelict buildings. In the winter months when darkness and snow make searching impos
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Helen
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hauntingly, heartbreakingly beautiful story. The writing is atmospheric, evocative, bleak and very, very dark in places and the translator has done a superb job. This is a stand out Scandi-noir novel. One of my favourites of 2019 so far.

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Stina Jackson (b. 1983) hails from the northern town of Skellefteå in Sweden. Just over a decade ago she relocated to Denver, Colorado, where she penned her debut novel, the acclaimed The Silver Road. A runaway bestseller, the novel established Jackson as a rising new star within Nordic suspense.

Awards
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden 2018
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