The Lone Bird (Fågelbarnet)
Sweden: Harper Collins Nordic
The bird that lives in the house of Justine Dalvik, by the shore of Mälaren, isn’t its usual self. Even the man that she lives with is pulling away and beginning to change; one day he disappears without a trace. The anxiety staggers Justine. Her comfort zone is threatened, and it doesn’t help that one of the tormentors from her past suddenly shows up again.
At the same time, the blind seventeen-year-old Christa is trying to put up with her existence after the inconceivably terrible episode that took her dad’s life. Her mother has sold the house that Christa loved and has forced them into a small little apartment in the city. Christa desperately misses her old life. One day Christa also goes missing and the only thing left behind is a letter. Christa needs help. Quickly.
”Inger Frimansson is one of the few that received the price for Best Crime Novel of the year on several occasions from the Swedish Crime Writer Academy. Both times for the previous books on Justine Dalvik. It’s been a while but now Frimansson has dusted of the series again. Inger herself says she has been wondering how things went for Justine Dalvik and her bird. Now we get to find out.
Frimansson is still the master of psychological suspense. She doesn’t need much to create suspense. In the same style as the previous books there is always darkness lurking around the corner. She writes the story with ease and the contrasts to the horrible events are genius. The portrayals are what makes the whole book. The author manages to make all characters apprehensible and particularly interesting.
Only the fact that she ones again writes about Jusine Dalvik again makes her a runner up for the award to best Swedish crime of the year. 5 out 5.” – Nisse Scherman