Alex Haridi makes his debut with The Andersson House, a gothic inspired book for adolescents in the same mode as To Kill a Mocking Bird and Stand by Me. At times unpleasantly creepy, sometimes humorous it captures the essence of being thirteen and the only person in the world who does not know how everything works.
Everybody in town knows the story from 20 years ago about Jonathan Andersson who committed suicide just 13 years old, even Joel, a clever, brooding guy who lives in the house opposite to where it all happened. It is called The Abandoned House as nobody has lived there since that awful event. But one September day a car parks in the driveway. A man goes in with a paper bag and comes out empty-handed. And the only person to see him is Joel. What is reality and what is fantasy? Why did Jonathan Andersson kill himself? Will Joel find the answers in time to save himself or is this just history repeating itself?