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Crime Fiction, Translation

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.

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3 Comments

  1. Rachel

    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.

  2. Unknown

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

  3. Hannah @ Dragons and Whimsy

    Sounds interesting, I loved the style of The Book Thief. Will have to check these out πŸ™‚

    Once Upon A Time

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