Books published by Penguin
A young woman from Reykjavik answers an advert to work as a teacher for two girls in a remote village. Amidst hostility, recurring nightmares and visions of a ghost she tries to find out what’s been happening in the area, but the locals will do anything to protect their secrets.
Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Ewa Sherman
Erla and Einar live in an isolated farmhouse in the eastern part of Iceland. Their daily toil remains unchanged for years until a strange visitor arrives during a snowstorm just before Christmas. As the telephone stops working and electricity dies, the unsettling atmosphere intensifies.
Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Ewa Sherman
Until she was eighteen Rose Gold was subjected to intensive unnecessary medical interventions by her abusive mother. After five years’ imprisonment for aggravated abuse her mother is being released but can the apparent reconciliation be real?
Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by John Barnbrook
Chief Inspector William Wisting is assigned to lead a top-secret investigation into the life of a recently deceased controversial politician. When he finds boxes full of foreign currency in his cabin, he also manages to unearth possible links to two 15-year-old cold cases, one of them of a missing young man.
Reviewed on 19 September 2020 by Ewa Sherman
Oceanographer Dr Cal McGill is down on his luck. The press have turned on him, an old friend has left him an unusual legacy and a woman wants him to find her sister. But no one wants to give him paid work and Cal is fast running out of money …
Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Linda Wilson
On the anniversary of Katharina Haugen’s disappearance 24 years ago, Chief Inspector William Wisting looks through the case files as he does every year. He also visits her husband Martin. This time it seems that the grieving husband has gone missing – and he might have been involved in another cold case involving a kidnapped teenager.
Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman
As 64-year-old Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik police is forced into early yet unwelcome retirement, she can work on one cold case of her choice. Hulda takes on the apparent suicide of a Russian asylum seeker Elena. But ignored by her colleagues and plagued by painful memories she seems to be heading into real danger.
Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Ewa Sherman
Paranormal investigators Inspectors Frey and McGray, lured to a lonely Highland manor by a promise of a cure for the mad sister of ‘Nine-Nails’ and a threat to the estate’s young heir, enter a Gothic world of blood, bats, folklore, superstition and murder.
Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by John Cleal
Flora Banks has been unable to make new memories since she had an operation at the age of ten. Her life is lived through the pages of a notebook that remind her who she is and where she lives. But all that changes when Flora kisses a boy.
Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Linda Wilson
A friend asks Antoine Verlaque to visit a man called Rene Rouquet, who lives in an apartment once occupied by Paul Cézanne, and who may have discovered a lost Cezanne painting. When he arrives at the apartment he receives a severe shock.
Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Arnold Taylor
Afghan veteran Joe Stark is recovering from physical and psychological wounds while trying to qualify as a Met detective. The TA soldier and policeman is assigned to investigate a series of apparently random attacks on down-and-outs, but as Stark struggles to deal with his own problems, the case explodes into murder.
Reviewed on 07 March 2015 by John Cleal
The disappearance of Tom and Abbey Stuart’s 12-year-old daughter shatters their marriage and their lives. Four years later she is found. She refuses to say anything about the time she has been missing and when the police arrest a suspect, she will not give evidence. The Stuarts face a choice: let the man who has destroyed their lives go free – or take matters into their own hands.
Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by John Cleal
Edinburgh is suffering a spate of suicides, all by hanging, all seemingly unconnected. Acting Superintendent Duguid wants them all wrapped up nice and tidily and, more importantly, quickly, but DI McLean doesn’t agree. He thinks there’s more to the deaths than meets the eye.
Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by Linda Wilson
On the day her daughter’s school bus is involved in an accident, Sarah Keller’s world comes apart at the scenes, but not for the obvious reasons. Sarah flees the hospital, accused of abducting her own daughter. Pursued by both the FBI and some very nasty criminals, it’s Sarah’s job to keep them both safe.
Reviewed on 08 February 2014 by Linda Wilson