The Pale Bitter Death (Döden den bitterbleka)

Anne-Marie Schjetlein


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Sweden: Bokfabriken

"You and me Andreas, we will have such a good life together." She pressed her body against his, breathed seductively and whispered in his ear: "You will love me, and me only."


Even though Andreas had not seen Petra in over a year he could not relax. The sorrow after his wife's suicide had become manageable. Life felt slightly brighter, although Petra's words lingered. She had killed to get closer to him, but he had not contacted the police. I will come back if you do. But not for you. For your beloved sons. Therefore Andreas is being careful, hesitant to go into a new relationship no matter how intriguing it may seem, unsure what could awaken Petras rage.


A terrible rumor of pedophilia is upon Halmstad. Andreas is forced to take care of hurt little boys at the hospital at his daily job as a surgeon. Bodys taken advantage of. The worry is taken over his entire body. A pedophile. Could Petra really have anything to do with this?


The Pale Bitter Death is a psychological crime  novel in a hospital environment. With a great sense of drama, relationships and realism at her finger tip Anne-Marie Schjetlein captivates both readers and critics with her debut, Death Don't Mind.  The Pale Bitter Death is the second, stand alone, book in the series about the torn and not at all so perfect suburb in Tylösand.



300 pages




Anne-Marie Schjetlein has made the second book even better. I'm served with a psychological suspense combined with relationships, the everyday life, budding love and clues that i'm lured to solve. She keeps me hanging on until the very end before I manage to figure out the answers. I really appreciate how she manages to keep me on the grill in such a refined way that I, with the breath stuck in my throat keeps repeating to myself "No it can't be" shifting to  "Yeah, she will actually not hesitate to go there".

Erikas bokprat - book blog



"What the author does so well is to get a hold on me from the very first page and she manages to keep the strong grip until the end. Simply a brilliant crime novel that contains everything you wish for."

5 out of  5

/Ylva kort och gott, blogg


"The story differs from the rest of the Swedish crime novels. The Pale Bitter Death is a truly entertaining suspense novel"




"Lovely Anne- Marie managed to add more suspense to this whole book. The angles, the language - makes me almost stop breathing at times. Usually I am able to figure out the plot easily but this book left me completely unable to and I really like that.

A true page turner, the book ended way to quickly."

/Evas bokblogg 4/6


"The book is Superb! Schjetlein makes the characters come to life. I heartily recommend this book to readers who like everyday realism but also want to be thrilled."

/A Bookaholic Swede



"You get to dive into the characters..." "... I want to read more about Andreas and Stina!" 4/5

/Olivias deckar hylla blogg


"I love it how Schjetlein adds fake clues that make me believe I'm smart only to realize I was completely off"

/ Lagomlycklig Bok blogg


Creppy, is a word I believe fits well in as a description on this book. Really creepy. And I can usually handle a lot when it comes to books. But reading chapters with the point of view of a pedophile, it gets to you. The author really manages to disgust me in those particular chapters.

That's what makes the book good in my opinion. It has a great tempo and when I got around to read it I finished it in a single day. I had to find out what the deal was. And when the ending came I had to laugh at myself for thinking I new what was coming, believing I was smart to pick up on some of the clues. Turns out I'm dum and the author is smart, she had me fooled! Well played.

/Vargnatts bokhylla Blogg