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The Daughter by Sara Onnebo
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As a Finnophile and lover of Nordic Noir, obviously I had to read this book, which is about a young Swedish woman looking into the past of her Finnish mother, and finding plenty of dark skeletons in the closet.

"The Daughter" is written as a series of diary entries by Emilia, the main character, alternating with third-person flashbacks from the perspective of Emilia's mother and her friends and relatives. The intercutting of points of view allows for multiple perspectives and heightens the tension, without being confusing.

A lot of the book is set in the small Finnish town of Tulisaari, where Emilia goes to investigate her past after her mother's death. Although this has a quaint small-town setting, it's definitely more suspense than cozy, with some pretty scary scenes in which Emilia is convinced that a stranger is watching her. So maybe don't read it late at night when you're alone in the house like I did! The small-town Finnish setting is a refreshing difference, even in the world of Nordic Noir, and the focus of the story is on family relationships rather than international drug smuggling or the like. Everything boils down to interpersonal relations and long-repressed emotions finally coming to the surface.

This is a quick, easy read, with enough suspense that it's hard to stop reading once you get started. Recommended for readers looking for some small-town Nordic Noir that's a bit different, or anyone wanting to read something set in Finland.
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January 4, 2019 – Shelved
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