Book Review: The Quarry by Johan Theorin
August 2, 2011 10 Comments
Earlier this year, I read Johan Theorin’s first book, Echoes from the Dead, which I very much enjoyed. My review of that book is here. The Quarry is the third book by this author, and like the first two, it takes place at the Swedish island of Öland.
The books are part of a quartet of thrillers that take place at the island, but can be read in any order.
The Quarry: What it is about
Per Mörner hasn’t been in contact with his estranged father Jerry since last year, when he gets a distressed call from him. Not really wanting to, he decides to take a quick look to see if his father is alright, and finds him wounded in a house that has been set on fire. The house is his father’s film studio and it seems that one of his colleagues is still in the house. Per tries, but cannot rescue him.
Per has recently moved to a cottage near the quarry in Öland where he gets to know the neighbours. One woman, Vendela Larsson, believes there are elves about. When she was young, she used to leave precious items behind for them, and they would fulfil her wishes. Another neighbour is a woman that Jerry recognises when he comes to stay at Per’s cottage.
Jerry insists his colleague isn’t dead and when Per starts an investigation, he finds that several people he wants to talk to have died at some point, but all before their time.
The Quarry: What I thought
I wasn’t sure about the elves and at some point it seemed that the author was allowing them to become real, which I felt didn’t fit in a thriller, but eventually, there was of course a rational explanation to all that happened.
Several times I was worried for the main person, so in that sense, it was a real thriller. The actual mystery that Per Mörner was researching, wasn’t terribly interesting, but the effect on his life definitely was. I already forgot what the actual issue was but I won’t so easily forget the scenes of the area and the people that live on Theorin’s Öland.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I got this book: as a finished copy from Doubleday(Transworld Publishers) for review
I read this in: English, the original language is Swedish (Blodläge)
Number of pages: 409
First published: 2011 (June)