review, Sweden, Translated

Spring Tide by Cilla & Rolf Börjlind

spring_tide_final_2Spring Tide by Cilla & Rolf Börjlind, translated by Roy Bradbury
Hesperus Press, July 2014
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher.

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.

Other reviews appear in Raven Crime Reads and Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings.

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7 thoughts on “Spring Tide by Cilla & Rolf Börjlind”

  1. Thanks for the link! I enjoyed the book too – it *was* a little more violent than I’m comfortable with nowadays but the excellent plotting made up for that!

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