SHE HOLDS THE KEY TO A MURDER - SHE JUST DOESN'T REMEMBER . . .
"After She's Gone" is the second novel by Camilla Grebe following on from the success of "The Ice Beneath Her". Although part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone, like I did and still be thoroughly enjoyed.
I've read quite a few 'Scandi Noir' thriller books recently and although excellently written, found them to be over detailed and too atmospheric. Thankfully "After She's Gone" is a refreshing change as the author hasn't dwelled too much on the negativity's of the cold, harsh Swedish winters and icy conditions but instead focused on the well plotted storyline. I was engrossed from the very first page and the excellent character development allowed for me to engage with all the characters immediately. I particularly loved young Jake and Saga's friendship. The story is told from the point of view of three of the main characters, teenager Jake, police officer Malin and criminal profiler Hanne and interspersed with the recounting of Hanne's diary that relates the details of what actually happened leading up to Hanne's memory loss. The plight of asylum seekers living in refuges in Sweden and Jake's secret that he calls 'The Sickness' was handled with compassion and the author captured the feelings of the residents of Ormberg towards the refugees perfectly.
With the right amount of atmospheric detail and a truly intriguing and entertaining plot line, I really did enjoy reading this book cover to cover and although I own but have not read "The Ice Beneath Her" I do intend to read very soon. I highly recommend "After She's Gone" and the author Camille Grebe and hope that she continues with the 'Flickorna och mörkret' series in the future.