The Oyster Diver's Secret (Sanningen om ostrondykerskan)

Caroline Säfstrand


Rights sold

Denmark: Alpha

Germany: Blanvalet

Sweden: Forum



A feelgood novel about friendship, courage and the search for the truth. When the author Inez Edmark's neighbor with a healthy lifestyle suddenly passes away, she decides on two things - to clean up her house so that her daughter won’t have to go through all her stuff and to write her last book. Not a novel this time though – instead it will be a personal confession: The Oyster Diver's Secret. When Inez herself falls and injures her hip, she is forced to hire the cleaning lady Meja, who will help her clean and sort through the house for some weeks. Inez's only rule is that Meja may not under any circumstances open the blue folder that contains her manuscript. The meeting between Inez, who is in her autumn years and must reconcile with her past, and the lost Meja, who is looking for a future, have unforeseen consequences. Will the two women, despite their differences, be able to help each other?


350  pages




"The Oyster Diver's Secret by Caroline Säfstrand is an absolutely wonderful reading gem that captivated me from the first page and which I could not possibly put down until the last page was read. The book has a warm multi-layered plot with both soul and heart, darkness and pain and with a gallery of characters that is hard to forget. A fantastic novel that would do well on the white canvas. It is an impressive novel construction. The plot is carefully thought out and is both winding and winding in both ups and downs.

We meet a few people of different ages who all touch and engage me in their own way. It's nice to follow their changes and how they develop each other in an empathetic way. Secrets, guilt and shame come to light and I am happy to follow the friendship that grows.

This is a novel that comes just in time. A reading that gives hope and energy in our dark world. This is the author's eighth book - and if you have not read any of it yet, do it immediately!" - Agneta Norrgård


"The big theme in the book is friendship, but it also addresses the sometimes tangled mother-daughter relationship, people's dreams and between the lines it also treats the constant existential question of the meaning of life. Like Säfstrand's previous books, it is touching, well-written and very entertaining." 4 out of 5 BTJ library services no 13