About the book
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The Sinner Shall Awaken is the first book in a series about Reub Thelander and the investigation team at Vellinge Police Department.
A 60-year-old housewife disappears without a trace and in broad daylight from her home in the prosperous coastal town Höllviken. Yvonne Tengbom is married to one of the area’s most renowned real estate agents, and her husband Harald is overwhelmed with worry.
Detective Chief Inspector Reub Thelander is new at work, and together with colleagues Estrid Berg and Claes Trygg, begins investigating the case. The team soon discover that Yvonne Tengbom did not lead the perfect life everyone around her had pictured.
Meanwhile, bestselling writer Alex Carsén is in Stockholm when she reads about the missing person case. There is something about it that catches her attention, and she is unable to let it go.
Linda Ståhl’s crime debut The Sinner Shall Awaken is a solid page-turner with an intricate plot, a dynamic character gallery and plenty of psychological depth.
Ståhl’s main character Reub Thelander is a norm-breaking (non-binary) Detective Chief Inspector with a lot of emotional baggage, reluctant to let anyone close. Estrid Berg is heavily pregnant, but unsure if the father is her current partner or her ex-husband. Claes Trygg is a disgruntled widower who after many tough years alone has found new hope for the future.
SHORTLISTED FOR CRIMETIME’S DEBUTANT AWARD 2021