SOURCE: A Readers Group read.
It is bitter mid-winter when Katrine and Joakim Westin move with their children to an old manor house on the Swedish island of Oland. But their new home is no remote idyll. Just days later, a member of Joakim's family is found drowned off the rocks nearby.
While Joakim struggles to keep his sanity, Tilda Davidsson - a young policewoman fresh out of college - becomes convinced that there's a killer on the island.
Then, on Christmas Eve, a blizzard strikes.
Isolated by the snow, Joakim is unaware that visitors - unwelcome as they are terrifying - are making their way towards him.
For this is the darkest night of the year, the night when the living meet the dead ......
..... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Winter 1846): This is where my book begins.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 364): A room for the dead, with its own church benches.
MY THOUGHTS: An odd combination of crime thriller and 'ghost' story which the author describes as a 'dark mystery with some supernatural overtones'. The Darkest Room is book 2 in a quartet of books, one for each season of the year.
Though there are several threads to the novel (thankfully all of which eventually come together) this is essentially the story of the mystery surrounding the death of one of the Westin family and the even bigger mystery of the spooky goings on in their family home, an old manor house, the history of which is chronicled in The Book of the Blizzard which has been kept by various residents of the house since its building in the mid 1800's.
An interesting and enjoyable enough read which despite the sometimes incredulous and unbelievable actions of the father (Joakim) plus the fact that I'm not convinced by the crime/supernatural combination and certainly felt the story did not justify 471 pages I found oddly captivating.
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