Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck


‘Wolf winter,’ she said, her voice small. ‘I wanted to ask about it. You know, what it is.’
He was silent for a long time. ‘It’s the kind of winter that will remind us we are mortal,’ he said. ‘Mortal and alone.’

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Part thriller, part historical fiction, exceedingly atmospheric, with dynamic characters and an overall story that will stay with the readers long after the book has been read.  In the early 18th century, Paavo, Maija, and their daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from Finland to Swedish Lapland in the hopes of creating a better life for themselves.  They heard goats on the mysterious and haunting Blackåsen Mountain.  One day Frederika happens upon a dead body, which is all too quickly dismissed as a wolf attack.  Maija refuses to believe Ericksson’s death was a wolf attack and delves deeper into the secrets held within the area of Blackåsen.  All too soon the season turns bitterly cold, coined the wolf winter, and as the winter increasingly becomes harsh, the families are forced to move closer to each other for survival, a necessary move, yet Maija believes there is a murderer in her midst and is mistrustful and wonders if they will make it to spring.  Wolf Winter is a very dark story filled with 18th century rituals and beliefs that surrounded Sweden, the rituals of the Swedish Church, and more importantly the Blackåsen area.  Wolf Winter is such a well-written book; it is easy to feel as though one is there with Maija, Frederika, and Dorotea. I would highly recommend this book to all readers who enjoy well-written mysteries and thrillers.  I did wish though at the end that the author would have shed more light on Maija and Frederika’s gifts.  That would have really made the story better.   I look forward to reading other works by Cecilia Ekbäck.

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