Echoes From the Dead

Echoes From the Dead

Book - 2008
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On a gray September day, on an island off the coast of Sweden, six -year -old Jens Davidsson ventured out of his backyard, walked out into a fog, and vanished….Now twenty years have passed, and in this magnificent debut novel of suspense--a runaway bestseller in Sweden--the boy's mother returns to the place where her son disappeared, drawn by a chilling package sent in the mail… In it, lovingly wrapped, is one of Jens' sandals--sandals Julia Davidsson put on her son's feet that very last morning.

Now, with only a handful of clues, Julia and her father are questioning islanders who were present the day Jens vanished--and making a shocking connection to #65533;land's most notorious murder case: the killing spree of a wealthy young man who fled the island and died years before Jens was even born. Suddenly the island that once seemed so achingly familiar turns strange and dangerous… Until Julia finds herself facing truths she never imagined--about what really happened on that September day twenty years ago, about who may have crossed paths with little Jens in the fog, and how a child could truly vanish without a trace…until now.
Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, c2008.
ISBN: 9780385342216
0385342217
Branch Call Number: THEORIN
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 21 cm.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The first book in the Oland series

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Pisinga
Aug 27, 2016

Infused with atmosphere of cold Baltic wind in Sweden, is an excellent book that is hard not to read in one evening.

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lpreston214
Aug 11, 2015

Good mystery about an unsolved child disappearance 20 years in the past. The child's mother and grandfather join forces to investigate when one of the lost child's shoes inexplicably shows up in the mail to the grandfather. Their investigation leads them through twists and turns and crimes in the past and present. Beyond the mystery the story is also about family relationships, and healing.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Set on the windswept island of Oland off Sweden’s east coast, this atmospheric debut novel tells of Julia’s efforts to solve the mystery of her son’s disappearance 20 years ago. The story of Nils, a wealthy young man who fled the island after a killing spree just after the war, fuels the tension and suspense as Gerlof, Julia’s father, stirs up the islanders’ old memories in his quest to learn the truth.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is the first book in a projected series of four psychological thrillers (one per season) set on the island of Öland just off the southeast coast of Sweden; some UK reviewers have said that this book is “a masterpiece of a crime novel; the characterizations are strong and Johan Theorin makes the characters come alive” and “masterfully expresses strong emotions” and “very well written, at times ... lyrical”; I don’t understand the lavish praise for this book and I think the quotes above are completely over the top; and I don’t think it’s that I don’t somewhat understand the setting on Öland because I have spent some time there; I do think this is a nice story about murder, but it’s in no way a police procedural since the police are almost completely on the sidelines, and it’s not some sort of literary masterpiece; the characters too often act in dumb ways, they try to keep the police in the dark and they generally hide evidence and knowledge of relevant events; the characterizations are good in one or two cases but most of the characters are only two-dimensional (UK reviewer comments notwithstanding); I got quite annoyed at the persistent tendency to go it all alone in what were clearly dangerous circumstances.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is the first book in a projected series of four psychological thrillers (one per season) set on the island of Öland just off the southeast coast of Sweden; some UK reviewers have said that this book is “a masterpiece of a crime novel; the characterizations are strong and Johan Theorin makes the characters come alive” and “masterfully expresses strong emotions” and “very well written, at times ... lyrical”; I don’t understand the lavish praise for this book and I think the quotes above are completely over the top; and I don’t think it’s that I don’t somewhat understand the setting on Öland because I have spent some time there; I do think this is a nice story about murder, but it’s in no way a police procedural since the police are almost completely on the sidelines, and it’s not some sort of literary masterpiece; the characters too often act in dumb ways, they try to keep the police in the dark and they generally hide evidence and knowledge of relevant events; the characterizations are good in one or two cases but most of the characters are only two-dimensional (UK reviewer comments notwithstanding); I got quite annoyed at the persistent tendency to go it all alone in what were clearly dangerous circumstances.

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june2813
Jul 04, 2011

Johan Theorin has created a non-stop read with Echoes From the Dead. On a foggy September day, on an island off the coast of Sweden, a five year old boy goes missing. Now, twenty years later, his emotionally scarred mother returns to the island at the request of her father who has received an unexplained package pertaining to the missing boy.
The characters are belieable, three demensional, well drawn. The plotting is deft moving from the present to the past seamlessly and giving just enough information to keep you turning the page well into the night. The neatly executed surprise ending ties the package together flawlessly. It caught me off guard, but was a completely satisfying resolution.

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kjanowski
Mar 10, 2011

interesting plot twists and characters; setting on Swedish island is strong - almost like another character in the book

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