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“Evocative and haunting, with a subtle sense of menace that grows with each page.”
- Simon Beckett, author of The Chemistry of Death
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Echos from the Dead
'Can you ever come to terms with a missing child?' Julia Davidsson has not. Her five-year-old son disappeared twenty years previously on the Swedish island of Oland. No trace of him has ever been found.





Until his shoe arrives in the post. It has been sent to Julia's father, a retired sea-captain still living on the island. Soon he and Julia are piecing together fragments of the past: fragments that point inexorably to a local man called Nils Kant, known to delight in the pain of others. But Nils Kant died during the 1960s. So who is the stranger seen wandering across the fields as darkness falls?


It soon becomes clear that someone wants to stop Julia's search for the truth. And that he's much, much closer than she thinks…

What the critics say:

Evocative and haunting, with a subtle sense of menace that grows with each page.
- Simon Beckett, author of The Chemistry of Death


An impressive debut novel …Theorin's excellence in conveying bleak atmosphere is matched by his insight into sensitive family relationships.
- THE TIMES


Fantastic …Theorin's prose is wonderfully descriptive.
- GUARDIAN


There is warmth in Theorin's narrative and the gradual piecing together of the story leads to an unexpected denouement.
- SUNDAY TELEGRAPH


Sheer storytelling grip such as this is relatively rare. A particular strength is the evocation of locale and atmosphere here; it is masterfully done.
- GOOD BOOK GUIDE, Sept 09
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Your Reviews
6 Reviews

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Albert
Thursday 27th September

Dear Mr Theorin,
I just finished reading Your 3 book in Poland / Warsaw (translated into polish). Congratulations from my side. This is fantastic story, charakters, atmosphare. It' s really very inviting to visit Oland. Everything was so real. I love to read your books. It is hard to belive but now i'm missing Jerlov, Per, and other main charakters. Thank You and i'm waiting for next.
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Istvan
Friday 27th January

Dear Johan, I am writing from Hungary, where your works are not (hopefully yet) published. I have just finished "Echoes from the Dead" in English, and I really enjoyed it. I have recently discovered some of the titles and authors that are commonly referred to nowadays as "the Scandinavian crime stories", but your work is somewhat different; wonderfully written, masterly plotted, psychologically true, and creepy, burning, exciting. I am still ahead of "The Darkest Room" and "The Quarry", but I wonder what the fourth novel will be like. Hope, it'll be published soon. :) I wish you good health and happyness. Kind regards: István
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Ezequiel
Wednesday 21st September

Amazing book, is a delight to read it, everything so perfect and detailed, i have the feeling of being inside the story. From BsAs Argentina, my respect Theorin.
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Anne-Sophie Backlund
Thursday 14th July

Got 'The Darkest Room' for Christmas Eve last year, and finished it on Christmas Day. I just couldn't put the book down.
I got this for my birthday, and again; I couldn't put the book down. Wonderfully written.
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Marilyn Faithfull
Friday 8th July

I am an adult literacy teacher and, having been so gripped by this book and the wonderful descriptive writing, I read the bit about searching the deserted house to my class. Some of my students have a very short attention span and, when the room was still silent after ten minutes, I looked up to see if they had all gone to sleep or left the room. Instead they were enthralled and urged me to read more,even though it was past the time to leave.
Writing doesn't get better than that.
I have since read 'The Darkest Room' but am confused about which is the third book. There seem to be two different titles mentioned. Is it The Quarry?
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Michael
Friday 16th April

Fantastic book! Wonderfully written, Mr. Theorin!