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~DOWNLOAD ♨ Shadow ♘ In a nondescript apartment block in Stockholm, most of the residents are elderly Usually a death is a sad but straightforward event But sometimes a resident will die and there are no friends or family to contact This is when Marianne Folkesson arrives, employed by the state to close up a life with dignity and respect Gerda Persson has lain dead in her apartment for three days before Marianne is called When she arrives, she finds the apartment tidy and ordered Gerda s life seems to have been quite ordinary Until Marianne opens the freezer and finds it full of books, neatly stacked and wrapped in clingfilm, a thick layer of ice covering them They are all by Axel Ragnerfeldt, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, with handwritten dedications to Gerda from the author What story do these books have to tell, about Gerda, and importantly about Ragnerfeldt, a man whose fame is without precedent in the nation s cultural life, but seldom gives interviews I ve thoroughly enjoyed the three previous Alvtegen novels I ve read, to the extent that I have her at the top of my own personal list of Scandi crime writers perhaps because, in her case, the term crime writer is a bit of a misnomer , but with Shadow I think she s surpassed herself.The elderly Gerda Persson dies alone, and a state official, Marianne Folkesson, is sent in to sort out Gerda s affairs and possessions, and to see if there are any surviving relatives and friends What she discove I ve thoroughly enjoyed the three previous Alvtegen novels I ve read, to the extent that I have her at the top of my own personal list of Scandi crime writers perhaps because, in her case, the term crime writer is a bit of a misnomer , but with Shadow I think she s surpassed herself.The elderly Gerda Persson dies alone, and a state official, Marianne Folkesson, is sent in to sort out Gerda s affairs and possessions, and to see if there are any surviving relatives and friends What she discovers is that Gerda was for a long time the housekeeper to the Nobel laureate Axel Ragnerfeldt, widely regarded as Sweden s greatest and most popular novelist Soon she finds out, too, that Gerda has willed her modest fortune to a failing writer called Kristoffer Sandeblom whom it appears she never met.Marianne herself doesn t, during the novel, unravel the riddle of what s been going on the final paragraphs indicate to us that she s just about to do so, and to blow the whole charade apart But what she does do is, through her inquiries, set in course a series of actions that, in conjunction with very extensive flashbacks, reveal to us, as per the peeling back of the layers of the onion, the deceptions and worse crimes that the Ragnerfeldt family have been covering up for years and in some cases for decades Some of those secrets are predictable Alvtegen always plays fair with us while others areunexpected in this respect I was reminded, although the two books are in most other respects quite different, of Donna Tartt s The Secret History, another borderline melodrama.Throughout the book Alvtegen is in complete control of her material, and it s this, along with the fact that the book s heart lies among the lives of various writers, that made Shadow such an immensely satisfying book for me Highly recommended Did you ever wonder why you had a particular book in hand When I finally got down to reading Shadow I questioned why and how long it had been on my tattered wish list, and why I had past it over for so long Now I ask myself why I waited so long to read it The novel is a psychological crime thriller about dark secrets, the price of fame and how the search for public approval can drive some to make unsound decisions that have lasting or tragic repercussions It also touches the impact our chi Did you ever wonder why you had a particular book in hand When I finally got down to reading Shadow I questioned why and how long it had been on my tattered wish list, and why I had past it over for so long Now I ask myself why I waited so long to read it The novel is a psychological crime thriller about dark secrets, the price of fame and how the search for public approval can drive some to make unsound decisions that have lasting or tragic repercussions It also touches the impact our childhood has on the rest of our life.One often describes a book as hot and hard to put aside, this is surely a true description of this one The story is one with depth, many layers and full of secrets and rivalries between the characters As this dynamic book progresses we are plunged deep into the history of four generations of the Ragnerfeldt family and we learnabout their connection with Kristopher, the little boy abandoned yes ago Shadow is a literary closet filled with skeletons of the past The novel begins with a brief flashback to 1975 when a boy was discovered abandoned at an amusement park with a short note seeking a better life for him Fast forward to the present day and the plot tightens with the death of an old woman Gerda Persson, the former housekeeper of the highly respected Nobel Laureate Axel Ragnerfeldt With Gerda s passing a door opens into the real life of the Ragnerfeldt family, a life full of infidelity and dark secrets..The plot builds slowly with multiple story threads that go back and forth in time, skillfully creating a suspense that is lively and thought provoking Each player is introduced one by one, each with their own theme and their own story building a page turning drama only a gifted storyteller could master.Although Shadow is a gripping and absorbing tale of murder, I was nevertheless disappointed with the ending, it left the fate of many characters in limbo and I wonder if the author has something up her sleeve for the future This was an excellent story It lived up to my expectations as I ve read other Karin Alvtegen stories and enjoyed them immensely She develops the story very nicely, introducing characters in each chapter and telling the story through their eyes Each person is well crafted, has their own individual personalities, their own faults The story starts with the death of Gerda Persson, a lady who had previously been the house maid for a famour literary family The preparations for her funeral will ch This was an excellent story It lived up to my expectations as I ve read other Karin Alvtegen stories and enjoyed them immensely She develops the story very nicely, introducing characters in each chapter and telling the story through their eyes Each person is well crafted, has their own individual personalities, their own faults The story starts with the death of Gerda Persson, a lady who had previously been the house maid for a famour literary family The preparations for her funeral will change many lives and bring people together who did not know each other existed There are many surprises and an excellent ending, even if not what I expected Karin Alvtegen is an excellent mystery writer, very unique style Highly recommended From Belletrista A child of four is found abandoned in an amusement park with littlethan some crumbs, an empty juice bottle, a tape recorder, and a Bambi book by his side There s also a note Take care of this child Forgive me Thus, one is drawn into this neatly crafted novel, which keeps one rapt as layer upon layer is slowly and deftly revealed Some 30 years later, Gerda Persson s body is found three days after she has died at the age of 92, with no clue as to who she is Astonish From Belletrista A child of four is found abandoned in an amusement park with littlethan some crumbs, an empty juice bottle, a tape recorder, and a Bambi book by his side There s also a note Take care of this child Forgive me Thus, one is drawn into this neatly crafted novel, which keeps one rapt as layer upon layer is slowly and deftly revealed Some 30 years later, Gerda Persson s body is found three days after she has died at the age of 92, with no clue as to who she is Astonishingly, her freezer yields a neatly sealed load of books by the Nobel laureate and national treasure, Axel Ragnerfeldt On closer inspection, each book reveals a personal, handwritten inscription by the celebrated author to Gerda What is the connection between Gerda Persson, Axel Ragnerfeldt, and the foundling This novel fits the crime and psychological thriller genre, but has no detective or investigator The tale unfolds via the voices of Axel interesting name, as everything revolves around him , his wife, son, housekeeper, and a couple of other key role players, including Kristoffer Sandeblom, a man in his thirties in search of his roots As we glimpse each character s mindset and life experience, the story builds up gradually and compellingly revealing a picture of secrecy, deceit, crime and murder This is a dark book with very little light and many shadows The biggest is arguably Ragnerfeldt s tour de force Shadow, which swayed the Nobel in his favour The bright glow of this man s prominence casts a heavy shadow on all the people in his life, including his wife, the members of his family, friends, and even fellow writers Axel Ragnerfeldt has climbed the ladder of success, but at what price His bid for fame as a writer has left a set of disillusioned, embittered and pained individuals in its wake Though the world adores him and looks up to him, he heads a deeply unhappy and dysfunctional family At its core, the novel delves into the ramifications of accomplishment What lengths are we prepared to go to ensure worldly success And are all the sacrifices worth it, at the end of the day Karin Alvtegen is one of Sweden s popular writers, and Shadow won the Danish Best Crime Novel of the Year award and was shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writer s Award This is a quick, engaging read that abounds with revelations of dark secrets and intrigue, and keeps one spellbound until its inevitable and brilliant denouement I was reading this when I got out a book from the library due in a week I finished the other book and went back to Shadow It took me a while to get the books together in my mind, but this book was special Not because there are characters in it that make sense, but it was realistic with all the killings. This novel is set in Stockholm and I thought it was beautifully written translated I came to it thinking it would be a typical Scandinavian crime novel as it begins with a death, but there is no police involvement except at the very start It isof a slow paced mystery but that slow pace gave time for the main characters to develop and consequently have some depth Don t let the slow pace comment put you off It certainly gripped my imagination and kept me interested all the way through to This novel is set in Stockholm and I thought it was beautifully written translated I came to it thinking it would be a typical Scandinavian crime novel as it begins with a death, but there is no police involvement except at the very start It isof a slow paced mystery but that slow pace gave time for the main characters to develop and consequently have some depth Don t let the slow pace comment put you off It certainly gripped my imagination and kept me interested all the way through to the end It begins with two seemingly unconnected events The death of a solitary old woman and the abandonment of a small boy in an amusement park The only thing of note is that the dead woman has several personally dedicated first editions of the novels of the world renowned Nobel prize winning author Axel Ragnerfeldt The plot then weaves cleverly around the Ragnerfeldt family, its past and the mysterious connections to the dead woman and the small boy It is all well done and I really enjoyed it An old woman dies of natural causes in her flat in Stockholm A social worker is dispatched to wind up her estate As part of her job she tries to find any friends or relatives Her diligence sparks off a series of events that with shock the whole of Sweden and will reveal just what lengths people will go to to keep up appearances.This is not your typical crime novel in fact for most of the book no one realises that any crime unless you count child abandonment has even been committed And I wa An old woman dies of natural causes in her flat in Stockholm A social worker is dispatched to wind up her estate As part of her job she tries to find any friends or relatives Her diligence sparks off a series of events that with shock the whole of Sweden and will reveal just what lengths people will go to to keep up appearances.This is not your typical crime novel in fact for most of the book no one realises that any crime unless you count child abandonment has even been committed And I was not prepared for the revelation when it came.You can read my full review on my blog here Without wanting to appear negative, I didn t like this book much at all.The story starts with the abandoned young boy and quickly moves to the death of Gerda Persson The books of Nobel Prize winner Axel Ragnerfeldt are found in the freezer and so we begin.Straight away, the characters are really difficult to like we have a recovering alcoholic prone to wandering off into rambling social commentary which has no relevance to the story and seems to be a way for the author to vent her views , a Without wanting to appear negative, I didn t like this book much at all.The story starts with the abandoned young boy and quickly moves to the death of Gerda Persson The books of Nobel Prize winner Axel Ragnerfeldt are found in the freezer and so we begin.Straight away, the characters are really difficult to like we have a recovering alcoholic prone to wandering off into rambling social commentary which has no relevance to the story and seems to be a way for the author to vent her views , a privileged but completely ungrateful misogynist and his worn down wife I couldn t find sympathy for any of them Gerda Persson sums it up perfectly I m content and you re not You re always chasing after what you imagine you could become She is addressing the famous Axel himself but it could apply to all of the key characters here.As you might have guessed, Alvtegen splits her narrative between the past and the present I actually liked this to some extent for example, Louise is the long suffering wife of the borderline alcoholic and general philanderer, Jan Erik Through her eyes, we see general confusion at his behaviour and then we witness the actions as they happen and understand their relationship that little bit better.However, as events pan out, this technique becomes a little worn and the story flits all over in an attempt to hastily rap everything up And herein lies my biggest problem with this book The revelations at the end of this book come thick and fast and they become rapidlyshocking Unfortunately, not in a good way It really is difficult to explain why I disliked this so much without massive spoilers Let me say this I have no problem with dark themes in my books What I do have a problem with are events which are so abhorrent that I can t help but feel the story is cheapened and the author is simply employing shock tactics.And why were the books in the freezer I still have no idea whatsoever Overall This really isn t a crime novel as I would imagine them Yes, there are crimes, but the book isabout the effects of the crimes than the acts themselves I would only recommend this to adults who aren t too sensitive and aren t opposed to reading about the darker side of humanity Such a dark novel.How does the death of an old woman connect to a child abandoned in an amusement park decades ago And how will their connection ruin an elderly Nobel prize winning author s family and reputation I love this author s ability to take the reader inside each character s head Seeing the outer actions versus the inner thoughts is so compelling Seeing how each person s perspective of events collides with other realities is illuminating in itself Makes one wonder what filters we all Such a dark novel.How does the death of an old woman connect to a child abandoned in an amusement park decades ago And how will their connection ruin an elderly Nobel prize winning author s family and reputation I love this author s ability to take the reader inside each character s head Seeing the outer actions versus the inner thoughts is so compelling Seeing how each person s perspective of events collides with other realities is illuminating in itself Makes one wonder what filters we all have up But in the novel the mixture of all these disparate realities is what makes the grim thriller