Books

Silver Road

Author
Jackson, Stina
Swedish title
Silvervägen
Category
Fiction \ Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date
Jun 05, 2018

A psychologically-acute debut dealing with the harrowing aftermath of a disappearance, set against the backdrop of northern Sweden’s evocative wilderness.

Three years ago, Lelle’s daughter went missing. Ever since then he spends his sleepless nights of the midnight sun driving. He drives up and down road 95 — also known as ‘Silver Road’ — that cuts through the Swedish inland from Skellefteå on the east coast to Norway in the west, frantically searching for his lost daughter, for himself and for redemption. After his daughter disappeared without trace from a bus stop along the desolate road three years ago, Lelle cannot escape the anguish and guilt eating him up inside.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Meja and her mother move to the same small insular community, Glimmersträsk, in search of a new life and a new beginning. Meja is exactly the same age as Lelle’s daughter was when she disappeared — a girl on the brink of adulthood, who can’t wait to make her own way in the world.

As autumn’s darkness slowly creeps in, another young girl goes missing. In the aftermath of the disappearance, Lelle and Meja’s lives are intertwined in ways they could never imagine, and their fates are altered forever.

SILVER ROAD is a compelling and deeply touching novel of suspense set against the backdrop of northern Sweden’s wilderness. In this deft debut, a psychologically-dense drama unfolds telling a story about never giving up, the need for atonement and the importance of remaining steadfast even in the darkest hour.

Reminiscent of Daniel Woodrell, Emily Fridlund and Kerstin Ekman, Stina Jackson incorporates the country noir and Southern Gothic tradition of the US, her new homeland, with the Scandinavian crime heritage of her motherland to stellar effect.