A selection of translated fiction for you – always enjoyable to discover.
Publication Date: 3rd December from World Editions
Source: Publisher review copy
Fourteen-year old Erik and his friend Edmund spend their summer vacation in 1962 by a Swedish lake, daydreaming about Ewa, a young teacher who looks just like actress Kim Novak. When Ewa’s fiancé is found dead, Erik’s brother is the prime suspect at first, but the actual killer is never found. Twenty-five years later, when Erik happens to come across an article about unsolved crimes, he is overwhelmed by memories about that summer. What really happened back then? And why was Ewa’s fiancé murdered?
The Summer of Kim Novak is a haunting and evocative novel, beautifully written to draw you into another place and time – a true coming of age tale with added mystery and I loved every moment of it.
Hakan Nesser weaves a magical web of intrigue around the reader, this is a tale of friendship, family, love and loss and from building the relationship between the two boys Erik and Edmund to the nuances of how much they can understand about what is going on around them, this is storytelling at it’s best, a reader’s dream.
The sense of place is truly stunning – the sights and sounds of Summer, the nolstagic sense of remembrance comes across in every part plus the story itself is highly compelling and unpredictably heart wrenching on occasion.
The mystery elements are cleverly woven into the plot and the ending was pitch perfect for me – all in all this was a really really excellent read and whilst I have not read Hakan Nesser before this I will certainly be looking for more now. No doubt.
Happy Reading Folks!