Och blomstren dö

And Flowers Die

by Rebecka Edgren Aldén

Gloria accompanies her new boyfriend Adam for two-weeks’ vacation at his family’s grand summer home, situated in the idyllic archipelago north of Stockholm. In many ways, Gloria and Adam are each other’s opposites – a feministic freelance journalist and a slick business man – but besides the instant attraction, they also share a past.

 

When Gloria was in her teens, she and her mother lived for a while in a women’s collective on the island, not far away from where the slightly older Adam stayed with his family during the summers. Gloria is both nervous and excited to revisit a place she hasn’t seen in over 20 years.

 

The first days on the island are amazingly beautiful, summery and warm, but also strained. Adam’s older brother Karl and his wife Maria have completely different views on gender roles and equality than Gloria, and they enjoy provoking her.

 

Memories and events that she hasn’t thought about in many years start to come back. And at nights, Jimmy, a teenager who drove himself to death on a moped all those years ago, haunts her dreams. The deserted collective villa calls to her with its hollow windows. One day, during a walk, she stumbles on a macabre find: the body of a dead woman, with a veil covering her face and a fading bouquet of flowers in her hands.

 

The discovery of the body marks the start of the storm to come. And soon Gloria is faced with the hard choice to either protect the prospect of happiness and family, or to call out the truth about the past she’s desperately chased for so long. Rebecka Edgren Aldén’s new novel is a rock-solid thriller about secrets, loyalties and choices between life and death.

Gloria accompanies her new boyfriend Adam for two-weeks' vacation at his family's grand summer home, situated in the idyllic archipelago north of Stockholm. In many ways, Gloria and Adam are each other's opposites – a feministic freelance journalist and a slick business man – but besides the instant attraction, they also share a past.

When Gloria was in her teens, she and her mother lived for a while in a women's collective on the island, not far away from where the slightly older Adam stayed with his family during the summers. Gloria is both nervous and excited to revisit a place she hasn't seen in over 20 years.

The first days on the island are amazingly beautiful, summery and warm, but also strained. Adam's older brother Karl and his wife Maria have completely different views on gender roles and equality than Gloria, and they enjoy provoking her.

Memories and events that she hasn't thought about in many years start to come back. And at nights, Jimmy, a teenager who drove himself to death on a moped all those years ago, haunts her dreams. The deserted collective villa calls to her with its hollow windows. One day, during a walk, she stumbles on a macabre find: the body of a dead woman, with a veil covering her face and a fading bouquet of flowers in her hands.

The discovery of the body marks the start of the storm to come. And soon Gloria is faced with the hard choice to either protect the prospect of happiness and family, or to call out the truth about the past she's desperately chased for so long.

Rebecka Edgren Aldén's new novel is a rock-solid thriller about secrets, loyalties and choices between life and death.

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