- Author Bio
Brought together by a brutal murder, a psychological profiler losing her memory and a teenage boy with a fiercely guarded secret become unwitting and unlikely partners in this race to stop a killer from the writer at the “front rank…of Nordic noir.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Named the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy and winner of the 2018 Glass Key Award
Out of the frozen depths of a forest in Omberg, Sweden, a woman stumbles onto the road. Her arms are covered with scratches, her feet are bare, and she has no memory of what has happened. Local police identify her as psychological profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schoen who, together with her partner, had been helping them investigate a cold case of a young woman’s murder. Hanne begins to recover, but cannot recall anything about where her partner is, or what their investigation had uncovered before her disappearance. Police have only one lead: a young woman in a sequin dress who was spotted walking down the road the night Hanne was found.
The young woman doesn’t come forward, because she doesn’t exist: Jake Olsson, a local teenager, had been out walking in his mother’s dress and sister’s makeup, his secret shame and thrill. Terrified of discovery, Jake hid when the car appeared and watched Hanne get into it, realizing too late that she left a diary behind.
As Jake reads Hanne’s notebook, he realizes it contains the key to a major breakthrough in the case. But turning in the diary would mean admitting the truth about who he is. When another murder victim is found in the woods, Jake realizes Hanne herself is in danger, and his only choice is to find and warn her so together they can stop him before he kills again.
Story Locale: Ormberg, Sweden
FUELED BY CONSTANT SHIFTS IN PERSPECTIVE, Camilla Grebe’s novel toys masterfully with our expectations in this unpredictable story.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Grebe’s previous novel, The Ice Beneath Her, was called “exceptional” (Publishers Weekly), “a tour de force” (Kirkus) and a “Girl on the Train read-alike” (Booklist) in reviews.
APPEARANCES BY RECURRING CHARACTERS Hanne and Peter, first introduced in The Ice Beneath Her.
Marketing: Pre-pub consumer outreach and review push
Online marketing outreach
Social media campaign
Targeted email marketing
Random House e-newsletters and websites
Publicity: National/local review and feature print attention
Digital review and feature attention
Targeted blogger outreach
Author Social Media: @camillagrebe
“This atmospheric mystery is masterfully constructed…. Nordic noir at its best.”—Booklist (starred review)
“[A] stellar crime novel…Grebe delivers an unflinching, heart-wrenching message about the plight of refugees in this scorching thriller.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Camilla Grebe’s The Ice Beneath Her
“Impressive…a tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Exceptional.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction, and crime fiction generally, will enjoy the understated, angsty drama created by Grebe; librarians desperate for Girl on the Train read-alikes can also turn to this for readers who enjoy an antiheroine.”—Booklist
“A page-turner…I read it in one sitting! The narrative is fast-paced and the twists superb.”—Cecilia Ekback, bestselling author of Wolf Winter
“Slowly and subtly, Camilla Grebe lets The Ice Beneath Her unfold into a multilayered, psychologically nuanced murder mystery in which the truth, rather than drawing nearer, keeps slipping further and further away—until it strikes with full force.”—Arne Dahl, bestselling author of Misterioso