Rootless (De rotlösa)

Frida Skybäck


Rights sold

Denmark: Cicero

Germany: Insel

Sweden: LB Förlag

Russia: Eksmo



Nominations and Awards 


Listed as one of the best Crime debuts of 2021 by reviewer Bengt Eriksson at Deckarlogg



How far would you go to save your brother?

Lydia’s brother Dani has a dark secret. At thirteen he was recruited by a criminal gang and has since been convicted of several offences before finally managing to break free. During the last few years, he has got a job and an apartment and promised his family never to commit another crime, so when the police inform Lydia that Dani is suspected of abducting a young woman her world falls apart.


But something isn’t right with the accusations against Dani and since the police is convinced of his guilt, Lydia begins her own investigation. The missing woman, Linnea Arvidsson, lives in an upscale area of Malmö and studies at the University. Her school is only a stone’s throw away from the café where Dani works. But why would he abduct a woman he has no connection to? And is Linnea really who the police and the media thinks she is? In a desperate pursuit of answers, Lydia tries to find her missing brother.


Rootless is a captivating Family Noir novel in which we get to follow the story from three perspectives. The first part is told by Lydia, the second by Dani and the third by Linnea. Through them we learn what it’s like to grow up in one of the most impoverished areas of Malmö, but also how love can make us do things we never thought possible.


304 pages



“Frida Skybäck has managed to create something quite spectacular. With contained anger she depicts how victim and perpetrator meet and how underlying problems arise. Rootless is a suspense novel, but it is also a firebrand.” /Ölandsbladet, News Paper

“This is both a gripping family drama and a suspense story. The depiction of Malmö is expressive and the people are illustrated with life and credibility.” / Rasmus Klamas, Library Services

“Frida Skybäck masters all branches of story-telling and Rootless becomes dramatic, suspenseful and captivating about family ties, class and the boundlessness of love.” /Anders Kapp, Book Reviewer


Reviews from book bloggers


"Masterly told. One of the best suspense novels of the year!" -Boknjutaren


"A suspense novel that stands out – simply a real page turner. 5/5!" -Amelies bokhörna


"With tenderly illustrated environments and characters and a well-constructed storyline, Rootless is one of the best suspense novels of the fall and Skybäck is my new favorite. 5/5." -Fröken Smillas känsla för böcker


"With this book, Skybäck changes genre, and she does it in a splendid way. The novel is thrilling and dramatic and the story feels authentic. Here you will find interesting characters and a plot told out of three different perspectives. The book is really good. I couldn’t stop listening and I warmly recommend it!" -Boklogg


"What a skilled author Skybäck is … I admire the way she presents and depicts her characters, it’s incredibly authentic. There is a strong drive forward, which makes the story interesting all the way to the end." - Xtbibblan


"Skybäck masters this type of storytelling as well. A strong novel that really touched me". -Boksann


"Skybäck clearly shows that she can write suspense novels! I couldn’t put it down." /frkhaugaardlsaer


"Skybäck has an amazing literary voice; her characters and her scenery are authentic and come alive. Rootless is exciting, dramatic, full of warmth and love, but also of hope. It’s a book you read in one go … an unpredictable story." /Lollos bokhörna


"An excellent suspense debut. The novel is well written, easy to read, exciting, moving and unpredictable. I warmly recommend it! 4,5/5." /Britt-Marie Kullin


"Full score! Really, really good. Read it!" /Boktok73


"A great family drama about relationships, alienation and different backgrounds. Recommended!" /Malins böcker


"I really like this book … It captured me and I think that most people won’t be able to put it down." /Sandras_bokinspo


"A really great and thrilling book. Skybäck manages to create authentic characters that you really feel with." /Barnbokstips


"I’m drawn in and engaged by the author’s tonality. Goodness gracious! The characters shine with depth, the plot stands out and the story as a whole set all of your feelings on fire. This is a thrilling family drama … a new star is lit on sky of suspense novels." /Carolines bokhylla


"This book feels so real! Skybäck depicts her perspectives exceptionally well. 4/5" /Lisas bok- och klokskap


"The way Skybäck describes her characters and scenery is extraordinary. This is a drama that will seize you and compel you to keep reading. Warmly recommended!" /Bokbytarhus 1


"Wow, wow, wow … this is so good. Skybäck is one of our most talented feelgood- and historical authors, and now she changes genre in a remarkable way. This is an extremely exciting story." /Maddys boksida


"A brilliant suspense debut! A gripping story that really stays with me. Skybäck continues to be one of my favourite authors." /Booksbyjennica


"A very well written and thrilling story. I read it in one go, it was impossible to stop. Skybäck has a language that flows and is pleasurable in itself. She has proven that everything she writes, feelgood or suspense, is of the highest standard. 5-/5" /Lottengl


"A really good suspense novel and family drama. I’m impressed. I can really recommend this book, but I have to warn you, you won’t be able to put it down." /Sofias_books


"With great excitement I’m captured by this story, impossible to put down." /Kaisajo


"The book is easy to read, well written and exciting and I read it in one go. It’s very brave to change genres, but the author does it well! I want to read more by Skybäck!" /Böcker och drömmar


"Oh my god, what a book! It is very difficult to put down. Well written from the first to the last page." /Angelicasbokliv


"Three interesting parts that are successfully combined into a whole. A thrilling family noir-novel." /Boktokig


"This is as much a family drama as a suspense novel, incredibly well written." /Lindas bokhylla


"A strong and gripping novel, where we get to follow three interesting lives. The characters are authentic and really touches you. An incredible page turner that keeps you mesmerized from the first to the last page. I couldn’t put it down." /Stinas boksida


"The author manages to skilfully tie the story together. I hope Skybäck continues in this genre!" /Skrivsalongen


"Rootless is brave, naked and beautiful. Written with a light hand, yet complex. It touched me deeply and I believe it’s a future classic. Read it! 5/5" /lendelund_author


"This book is a page turner deluxe, that grows stronger and stronger. It comes alive and feels like a movie. I can really recommend this suspense novel. Read it! 5/5" /Colorful and creative design


"Rootless is not only an amazing suspense novel with detailed and original characters. It also raises awareness of social problems such as class, prejudice, alienation and loneliness. Is this one of the nominees for next year’s ”Book of the Year”?" /Rosita Söderström


"An exciting story I warmly recommend!" /Lotta boktok


"I’m so happy Skybäck had the courage to try something new, because she does it really well! She has her own style when it comes to writing suspense and drama. The novel is well written and exciting. Read it!!!"/Bokhylla61