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By Johan Theorin

On a grey September day, on an island off the coast of Sweden, six -year -old Jens Davidsson ventured out of his yard, walked out right into a fog, and vanished….Now 20 years have handed, and during this fantastic debut novel of suspense—a runaway bestseller in Sweden—the boy’s mom returns to where the place her son disappeared, drawn via a chilling package deal despatched within the mail… In it, lovingly wrapped, is considered one of Jens’ sandals—sandals Julia Davidsson wear her son’s toes that final morning.

Now, with just a handful of clues, Julia and her father are wondering islanders who have been current the day Jens vanished—and creating a surprising connection to Öland’s so much infamous homicide case: the killing spree of a prosperous younger guy who fled the island and died years sooner than Jens used to be even born. by surprise the island that when appeared so achingly usual turns unusual and unsafe… until eventually Julia reveals herself dealing with truths she by no means imagined—about what fairly occurred on that September day 20 years in the past, approximately who can have crossed paths with little Jens within the fog, and the way a toddler may actually vanish and not using a trace…until now.

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He’d been convincted of cruelty to animals, Gerlof recalled. status shut jointly, subsequent to Granfors, have been Linda and Gunnar Ljunger, the inn vendors from Långvik. They have been conversing quietly to one another, possibly approximately new construction happening down within the vacation village. And subsequent to them stood Lennart Henriksson, the policeman. He was once donning a black swimsuit this present day, now not his uniform. Gerlof regarded down into the grave back. What did Ernst wish him to do? How should still he circulation ahead with this? Ernst had stored returning to the topic of Nils Kant and little Jens numerous occasions in the course of his visits to Gerlof prior that autumn, as he used to be going persistently either mysteries, confident they have been associated via anything not anyone else may perhaps see. because the years had passed by, Gerlof had come to phrases with the truth that Jens had disappeared with out a hint, within the comparable method that he had come to phrases with Ella’s loss of life, so far as attainable. yet Ernst had come to the house in Marnäs to speak to Gerlof firstly of September. He’d introduced with him a slender booklet with a tender hide. “Have you noticeable this, Gerlof? ” he’d requested. Gerlof had shaken his head and leaned ahead. It used to be the e-book celebrating the anniversary of the Malm Freight corporation. Gerlof had noticeable in Ölands-Posten that it have been released a month or so previous, yet he hadn’t learn it. “You understand Martin Malm, don’t you? ” Ernst had requested. “This is an previous picture of him from the tip of the fifties, on the Kant family’s sawmill in Småland. ” “I don’t be aware of Martin relatively well,” Gerlof had spoke back, taking the publication from Ernst with a few shock. “We met in general in quite a few ports, after we have been skippers. ” “And after that, for those who got here ashore? ” “Very hardly ever. 3 or 4 instances, perhaps. The ordinary dinner for previous sea captains. ” “Dinner? ” stated Ernst. “In Borgholm. ” “Do you recognize the place Martin obtained the money from for his first oceangoing send? ” requested Ernst. “Yes . . . no. I don’t imagine I do,” acknowledged Gerlof. “From the kinfolk? ” “Not his own,” stated Ernst. “It got here from the Kant kinfolk. ” “Does it say that during the e-book? ” stated Gerlof. “No, yet that’s what I’ve heard,” acknowledged Ernst. “And examine this photo. August Kant is status there along with his arm round Martin. could you do this? ” “No,” Gerlof had stated. however it used to be real: August Kant, the dour corporation boss, had his hand resting amicably at the shoulder of the both sour-faced sea captain Martin Malm. unusual. Ernst didn’t are looking to say any longer, yet there has been doubtless that he knew issues he didn’t are looking to speak about. He’d visible whatever, or heard anything, which had given him new principles. He’d long past to Ramneby wooden Museum to seem for anything, with out telling Gerlof. and some weeks after that, he’d prepared to satisfy a person on the quarry, possibly for a few form of dialogue that Gerlof wasn’t to be informed approximately both. “Would you're keen on to head and say so long, Gerlof? ” Astrid’s query within the churchyard jerked him again from a sea of ideas. He shook his head in brief. “I’ve already performed that,” he acknowledged. The final roses have been tossed down onto the lid of Ernst’s coffin, and the funeral was once over.

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