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When she was 15, Stephanie ran away with her 24 year old teacher, Nathan Temperley. Six years later, her mother discovers that Temperley is about to be released from prison, far sooner than expected.

The family have never talked about what happened, never dealt with the emotional fallout and neither parent has considered that their daughter may have become involved with Temperley because they were so self-involved (her father) and neurotic (her mother).

The story is told over several days, counting down to Temperley’s release, with fashbacks to the abduction, building the tension as the reader wonders what’s going to happen upon Temperley’s release. What happens is both inevitable and unexpected and the end of the book is left open and ambigious, asking the question of any mother reading: ‘What would you do?’

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Orenda Books is a tiny publisher specialising in commercial but still literary, mainly crime, fiction and with a strong Scandinavian bias. Karen Sullivan, its MD, is an absolute tornado of enthusiasm and Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson is one of the handful of books she thrust into my hands at Bloody Scotland.

Set in Iceland, the story takes place in a small remote fishing village. It’s the sort of place where no-one locks their door and where everyone knows everyone else and it’s accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. The tunnel is blocked by an avalanche and the 24 hour darkness is beginning and Ari, a young policeman newly stationed in Siglufjorour, has to deal with two incidents and a growing sense of isolation. He soon realises that just because everyone knows each other, that doesn’t mean that it’s a happy community – quite the opposite in fact with many secrets lurking just beneath the surface. There’s a killer on the loose and Ari has no-one to help him.

 

 

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