About the book
Sold toGermany: Suhrkamp/Insel
Following an alcohol-fuelled Midsummer’s Eve celebration in 1983, young and carefree single mother Maria mysteriously goes missing from her cottage in rural Dalarna. Her disappearance leaves a huge and disconcerting impact on the small community, where friendly relationships turn sour amid speculation and suspicion. Some claim that Maria got fed up with her life, leaving her beloved young daughter behind, but Maria’s mother Greta refuses to believe the malicious rumours. Her maternal instincts send her out on a tireless quest to find her daughter, one where she walks the forests and roads all day long without eating or resting, in the meantime forgetting all about her granddaughter. But perhaps there are people that don’t want her to succeed, that want the events to be blotted out.
Midsummer Mist is Malin Hedin’s third book, an eerie psychological thriller about the aftermath of a vanishing. About the secrets and lies that grow in its wake and about the cost of truth. It also explores the notion of motherhood – the unconditional love and the inextricable bond, as well as the loss of a child and the longing to be a parent.