Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Until Thy Wrath Be Past

Set in the northern reaches of Sweden, a young couple went missing over winter, presumed dead in a diving accident. When the spring thaw releases the girl's body, Inspector Mella and prosecutor Martinsson start investigating the secrets of a small isolated town where everyone knows everyone.

The story is narrated by the dead girl, Wilma. In a similar style to The Book Thief, the narrator doesn't make herself known on every page and the majority is told in third person. Larsson does a wonderful job of depicting the northern winter and long thaw of spring; it's a Swedish crime novel that is undoubtedly Swedish!

It is part of the Rebecka Martinsson series but I read it as a standalone novel. Whilst there are obviously some events that happened in the past that have severely affected Martinsson and Mella, I don't think lack of knowledge detracts from enjoying the overall plot. In my mind, I can work out what happened though I would personally like to read the earlier books now. I would be more than happy to add Asa Larsson to my crime shelf in future.

If you're interested in reading the series from the start, here's the reading order:

#1 The Savage Altar (Sun Storm)
#2 The Blood Spilt
#3 The Black Path
#4 Until Thy Wrath Be Past

Translated into English by Laurie Thompson, Until Thy Wrath Be Past is published by MacLehose Press and is now available in a lower priced hardback edition as well as ebook. Thanks to Quercus for sending me a copy for review.

3 comments:

  1. I've read a few books written by Swedish authors and I have really enjoyed them. My favourite so far was Let the Right One In. About the child vampire. That one was really good.

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  2. Sounds interesting. I've read some foreign novels lately that didn't translate well. It would be nice to read one that does.

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  3. Sounds interesting, I loved the style of The Book Thief. Will have to check these out :)

    Once Upon A Time

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