THE ICE BE­NEATH HER BY CAMILLA GREBE

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By CAMILLA GREBE By DEIRDRE O’BRIEN

The name Camilla Grebe will be fa­mil­iar to Scan­di­na­vian crime ad­dicts, as the co-au­thor of the Moscow Noir tril­ogy and the Siri Bergman thrillers. She has now branched out with her first solo project – al­ready a smash in Swe­den. It kicks off in grue­some fash­ion in a win­try Stock­holm as the body of a de­cap­i­tated woman is found at the home of Jes­per Orre, con­tro­ver­sial CEO of a cloth­ing firm. Orre has van­ished, and police have no clues as to the dead woman’s iden­tity.

Cut back two months and Emma Bohman, a shop as­sis­tant in Orre’s cloth­ing em­pire who is se­cretly en­gaged to her boss, is dev­as­tated when he sud­denly dis­ap­pears. As the strands of past and present knit to­gether, three nar­ra­tors tell the story: the trou­bled Emma, so­cially awk­ward de­tec­tive Peter Lind­gren, and his for­mer lover Hanne Lager-lind-Schön, a psy­chol­o­gist in the early stages of de­men­tia. All three are dam­aged and un­happy – and Grebe scat­ters de­li­cious clues that call their re­li­a­bil­ity into ques­tion, skil­fully shift­ing the reader’s cer­tain­ties.

With the ten­sion ratch­et­ing up, a web of ob­ses­sion, delu­sion and the dev­as­tat­ing ways peo­ple can hurt those clos­est to them is slowly re­vealed. The re­sult is a com­plex, macabre and ut­terly cap­ti­vat­ing thriller. Grebe’s first solo flight is a tri­umph.

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