If you're thinking, "Oh, no, not another Scandinavian mystery!" you are probably right. But Anne Holt is not just any Scandinavian mystery writer. She is none other than Norway's best selling female crime writer. And 1222 is not just another Scandinavian mystery. It has been compared to Agatha Christie's "locked room" mysteries. 1222 is the first of Holt's popular series to be translated into English, but is the 8th book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. The first book in the series, Blind Goddess, is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in June 2012. So watch for it to find out what makes Hanne tick. Maybe this series will satisfy your Stieg Larsson cravings.
In a series of letters addressed to her husband, Eva Khatchadourian talks about their love and their life before and after the birth of their son Kevin. Just before his sixteenth birthday, Kevin walked into his high school with a crossbow and killed eleven people. She tries to explain what it feels like for a Mother to learn that her son has done such a horrible act. Is she to blame? The husband? The world? Who has caused this terrible tragedy?
We learn, how in love as a young couple they were. How they agonized over whether and when to have children. But Eva just can't shake the feeling that there is something wrong with their son from day one. He hates her. Franklin, the father, cannot believe that a child this young can have these feelings for a parent. Franklin suggests maybe she should seek therapy. At this point in the story you begin to wonder if she is mad, or if we are reading a story of a "bad seed."
The author keeps you guessing until the very end about what really happened. How could this Mother be so cold? How does the husband respond to these very brutal and telling letters? The reader also begins to look for clues in the letters about what is really going on with this family.
A chilling book now turned into a movie to be released in January in the Chicago area.
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