It’s my stop on the “The Last Snow” blog tour! Corvus have kindly provided me with a proof copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and a big thank you must go to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invite.
If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour and see what people have to say on Goodreads.
Early spring has its icy grip on Ödesmark, a small village in northernmost Sweden, abandoned by many of its inhabitants. But Liv Björnlund never left. She lives in a derelict house together with her teenage son, Simon, and her ageing father, Vidar. They make for a peculiar family, and Liv knows that they are cause for gossip among their few remaining neighbours.
Just why has Liv stayed by her domineering father’s side all these years? And is it true that Vidar is sitting on a small fortune? His questionable business decisions have made him many enemies over the years, and in Ödesmark everyone knows everyone, and no one ever forgets.
Now someone wants back what is rightfully theirs. And they will stop at nothing to get it, not matter who stands in their way…
A couple of years ago I went through a phase of watching every Scandinavian crime drama out there. I haven’t watched any for a while, but “The Last Snow” may have given me back the bug!
This is a story that I can totally picture on screen. Set in Ödesmark, a small town in the north of Sweden, this story follows Liv Björnlund, a young woman living with her 80 year old father and her 17 year old son, still living in a place that most people are desperate to get out of. These three generations are a little strange, the father in particular, and the town is full of gossip about them.
This is a dark tale that’s is very well written and it seems to me that the translator, Susan Beard, has done a great job at bringing the author’s work to an English speaking audience. Through descriptive paragraphs, I was able to clearly picture the events that were happening and became quite immersed in the story. There isn’t a great deal of dialogue and this isn’t the most action packed story, but it’s definitely atmospheric and easily keeps your attention.
I think the characters were mostly well developed, Liv in particular. I felt for Liv and the life that she is living. She’s from a dysfunctional family and she’s got a past, but she’s doing her best trapped into the life her father has made for them. I do have to admit that at the beginning I had to keep a little note of who was who in order to keep track of the characters’ names, but once in full flow this was no longer a problem.
As well as my inability to remember names, there were a few instances where I felt a little confused flicking backwards and forwards from present day to 1998, dipping into Liv’s upbringing. But apart from those two points, I really enjoyed this slow simmering mystery and would definitely recommend it for fans of a Nordic Noir. I think that if you’re looking for something dark and a little disturbing, this will probably be right up your street!
Now… let’s find another Scandi crime drama to binge!
Overall rating: “The Last Snow” is a dark, atmospheric crime drama that I really enjoyed. It’s well written and so descriptive. I think fans of the genre will love this one, it’s a big 4 stars from me!
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