I do enjoy a good Scandi noir, and Camilla Grebe doesn’t disappoint with After She’s Gone.
The story focuses around a couple of detectives, Hanne and Peter, who are also romantic partners. They’ve just returned from a holiday in Greenland after finishing a particularly taxing investigation, and they have their own difficulties to deal with too, not least of which is Hanne losing her memory, a fact she has been trying to keep secret from everyone around her.
But when the body of a woman is found at the edge of the woodland, and Hanne’s shoe is discovered nearby, it becomes imperative that Hanne remember what has occurred. Could she be the key to finding the murderer? She wishes she knew. Hanne’s diary, the secret weapon in her fight against memory loss, has gone missing and without it she can’t remember even the people around her, let alone what happened one fateful night several weeks earlier.
The only clue they have is a sighting of a woman in a golden sequinned dress fleeing the scene; but eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable, and perhaps things are not what they seem to be.
After She’s Gone is a fantastic thriller, exactly what I’m looking for when I pick up a crime fiction book. It weaves together complex characters in interesting plotlines and twists and turns in ways that are surprising yet realistic. Dealing with such meaty topics as small-town prejudice, bullying, the creeping terror of dementia and more, Camilla Grebe has created a brilliant novel that will be immediately loved by anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
I received a review copy of After She’s Gone from the publisher. All views are my own.