Tense family drama by Alex Dahl

Half-Norwegian half-American author Alex Dahl has written a tense family drama set in the small town of Sandefjord on the Norwegian south coast. If you shun reading translations this is a great opportunity to read some Nordic Noir written in English.

Seven-year-old Lucia Blix went home from school for a playdate with her new friend Josie. She wanted to stay overnight and Lucia´s mother Elisa drove by to drop her overnight things round and kiss her goodnight. That was the last time she saw her daughter.
The next morning, when Lucia’s dad arrived to pick her up, the house was empty. No Lucia and absolutely no traces of the family that Elisa had visited the previous day. It was meant to be her little daughter’s first sleepover. Now it’s an abduction.

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The Kingdom – a new thriller by Jo Nesbø

The Kingdom is a thriller and a gripping family drama about two brothers. Roy lives a peaceful life in the remote Norwegian village where he grew up. His younger brother Carl left early to travel the world and Roy believed he was gone for good. But Carl suddenly returns with a mysterious new wife and big business plans. He not only wants to make the brothers rich but the rest of the village, too. Unfortunately old family secrets threaten to resurface and Carl´s homecoming sparks off a series of violent events. Besides, Roy finds himself inextricably drawn to Carl’s wife, an attraction that will have devastating consequences. As children, Roy always protected his little brother, but this time his loyalty to family is tested to the extreme. He will be forced to make a very hard choice…

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End of Summer – a psychological drama

Summer 1983: Four-year-old Billy chases a rabbit in the garden behind his house. But when his mother goes looking for him, Billy has disappeared. Never to be seen again.
Today: Veronica is a bereavement counsellor. She’s never fully come to terms with her mother’s suicide after her brother Billy’s disappearance. When a young man walks into her therapy group, he looks familiar and talks about the trauma of his friend’s disappearance in 1983. Could Billy still be alive after all this time? Needing to know the truth, Veronica goes home – to the place where her life started to fall apart. Is she prepared for the answers that wait for her there?

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Heartbreaking psychological thrillers

Last year half-Norwegian, half-American author Alex Dahl made a stunning debut with her psychological thriller The Boy at the Door. About a woman who had it all – a fancy job, a loving husband, two daughters, and a fantastic home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. But she has many secrets and has to work very hard to keep up the façade.

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Tense family drama

How well do you know your own children? How far would you go as a parent to keep your daughter from being in jail for the rest of her life? Would you lie, threaten or even…?
These are the crucial questions in A Nearly Normal Family, where 18-year-old Stella, an ordinary teenager from an ordinary family, is accused of the brutal murder of man nearly twice her age.

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