Sisters Camilla Grebe and Asa Traff started out writing thrillers over email, each writing a chapter and sending it back to the other to continue the story. Camilla runs a consultancy business and Asa is a psychologist. They both live with their families in Sweden.
This powerful first in a new thriller series from Swedish sisters Grebe and Traff introduces a delightfully flawed heroine, Dr. Siri Bergman, a psychologist who sleeps with the lights on. Riddled with fears since her husband's death in a diving accident, Siri lives alone in an isolated cottage in the Swedish countryside. When Siri finds the lifeless body of one of her patients, the fragile but manipulative Sara Matteus, floating in the lake near her cottage, she fears she'll be the next victim. After receiving a threatening note, Siri enlists the help of a detective, Markus Stenberg. Together they sift through her patient files and delve into the lives of her friends, and soon everyone in her inner circle becomes a suspect. Scenes from Siri's therapy sessions with her patients add a note of credibility and immediacy to her predicament. The action moves swiftly to a surprising climax. Agent: Anna Frankl and Joakim Hansson, the Nordin Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Siri Bergman is a psychotherapist who specializes in fear: patients come to her for help in facing their fears. But Siri can't seem to devote these same efforts to herself. Unable to get over her husband's untimely death, crippled by an overwhelming fear of the dark, and watched by an unknown stalker, she finds herself trapped in a perilous limbo. With the death of an at-risk female patient and the culmination of suspicious and ominous incidents, Siri realizes that someone is attempting to kill both her career and her. The police are convinced it's someone she knows, adding to Siri's increasing sense of vulnerability. Verdict This compelling debut from Swedish sisters Grebe and Traff, the former a journalist, the latter a practicing psychotherapist, is a suspenseful psychological thriller with surprising and entertaining plot twists. The only misstep is the killer's leaden, though infrequent, voice-over. Recommended for fans of Scandinavian crime fiction and readers who possess a yen for a strong but troubled heroine. A best seller in Sweden and Germany, this is the first of a planned series featuring Siri Bergman and her fellow psychotherapist and best friend Aina. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/21/12.]-Jennifer Rogers, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.