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.