Nordic fiction has become, over the past few years, one of the trademarks of police-mystery literature. Interesting cases, with sharp minded detectives make for an amazing book that makes the reader so involved in the plot that he/she can’t put the book done until the mystery is solved. With great attention to detail and a clever mix between past crimes and current ones, Nordic writers have developed a sub-genre of their own: Nordic fiction. Here you’ll find a top 5 list of interesting books coming from Scandinavia.
# The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The first part of a trilogy written by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, this book is without a doubt one of the most loved pieces of nordic fiction. The two main characters, Mikael Blomkwist,a journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, a genius computer hacker, get involved in solving a crime that happened in 1966 on Hedeby island, on the estate of retired titan Henrik Vanger. The twists and turns of the plot make this book a masterpiece of this sub-genre.
# The Ice Princess
The first novel written by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg, is set in the small town of Fjällbacka, where Erica Falck returns after the death of her parents. When her childhood best friend turns up dead, frozen in her bathtub, Erica finds herself obsessed with finding more about what happened to her friend over the years. At the same time, police officer Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. It’s only when they start working together that the truth behind the small community emerges.
# My Soul to Take
Written by Icelandic writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir, this novel follows attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir as she uncovers the details behind a gory murder which was commited at a health resort, notorious for being haunted. Horrible crimes of the past come rushing back into the present. With confident plotting and a chilling atmosphere, this is certainly a book worth reading!
# Silence of the Grave
When a body is found on a hill just outside of Rejkjavik, detective Erlendur Sveinsson starts investigating the crime. While struggling with his own family, Erlendur finds out the secret of another unhappy family who lived many years ago. Secrets taken to the grave don’t remain hidden forever. This impressive book by Arnaldur Indridason, is one of the most accomplished thrillers of recent years.
Camilla Läckberg’s third novel, debuts with a horrific crime: a child is found dead in a fisherman’s net. Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who recently became a father, is the leading investigator. As a parallel story unravels in the past, it shows that the roots of crime lie in an earlier generation, and in the upbringing of children from the past.
Nordic fiction has developed many strong characters that haunt the readers. Gory crimes, sharp detectives, mysteries and history all come together in Nordic crime fiction. What’s your favorite Nordic writer?
Top incoming search terms:
- nordic fiction