I gravitated to Spring Tide because of the authors’ background in screenwriting: they’ve adapted Arne Dahl, the Martin Beck series, and the new Wallander series. I expected good plotting after such a background, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Spring Tide begins with a quite gruesome murder twenty-some years ago in northern Sweden, and it also encompasses an investigation into attacks on homeless people in Stockholm as well as other murders. The main characters are Olivia Rönning, a police college student who chooses the old murder as a cold case project during her school break, as well as a retired detective with a sad, sad backstory.
The lead characters are very sympathetic, and the plotting is quite good. Olivia is young but not naive. There are a couple coincidences that drive the plot that bothered me a bit, but that’s a minor complaint. It is a tough read because the violence is pervasive in this book, and the social commentary is quite pointed. After having a tough time with the bleakness of the first half of the book, I enjoyed the second half of the book a great deal.