Echoes from the Dead

Publisher: Delta
On a gray September day, on an island off the coast of Sweden, six -year -old Jens Davidsson ventured out of his backyard, walked out into a fog, and vanished….Now twenty years have passed, and in this magnificent debut novel of suspense—a runaway bestseller in Sweden—the boy’s mother returns to the place where her son disappeared, drawn by a chilling package sent in the mail… In it, lovingly wrapped, is one of Jens’ sandals—sandals Julia Davidsson put on her son’s feet that very last morning.

Now, with only a handful of clues, Julia and her father are questioning islanders who were present the day Jens vanished—and making a shocking connection to Öland’s most notorious murder case: the killing spree of a wealthy young man who fled the island and died years before Jens was even born. Suddenly the island that once seemed so achingly familiar turns strange and dangerous… Until Julia finds herself facing truths she never imagined—about what really happened on that September day twenty years ago, about who may have crossed paths with little Jens in the fog, and how a child could truly vanish without a trace…until now.

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Chapter One


When her Father, Gerlof, rang one Monday evening in October, for the first time in almost a year, he made Julia think of bones, washed up onto a stony shore.

Bones, white as mother-of-pearl, polished by the waves, almost luminous among the gray pebbles at the water's edge.

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PRAISE FOR

“Will remind many of Henning Mankell both in its thematic intensity and dark tone.”—Publishers Weekly

“Intricacy and suspense... the ending caught me by surprise.”—Kansas City Star

"A splashy debut ... with some mind-bending twists near the end."—Houston Chronicle

"The right measure of pathos, fear and suspense."—Rocky Mountain News

"Rich in characterization ... [and] the ending packs a stunning surprise."—Boston Globe