The Darkest Room

The Darkest Room

By Johan Theorin; Marlaine Delargy (Translator)

Delta, Paperback, 9780385342223, 438pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009



On the idyllic island of Öland, off the coast of northern Sweden, a young couple from Stockholm tries to start life afresh. For Joakim and Katrine Westin, reclaiming a long-neglected family manor will be a labor of love, as they slowly bring the sprawling home back to life and introduce their two children to the island’s woodlands, glens, and beaches. But in the Westins’ new home, there are things that cannot be repaired, lives that have gone wrong, and secrets that have followed them. When the family is struck by tragedy, it’s up to grief-stricken Joakim to put together a puzzle of inexplicable loss, unbearable suspicion, and tangled lives. In this powerhouse of suspense–at once a crime novel and a searing family drama–a home built as a shelter from the sea becomes a human storm of murder.

About the Author
Ne en 1963 a Goteborg, Johan Theorin passe, depuis l enfance, tous ses etes sur l ile d Oland au Sud-Est de la Suede, dont il connait toutes les troublantes legendes. L intrigue de L Echo des morts et de L Heure trouble (Albin Michel) s y situe. Ces deux romans ont ete numero un de la liste des best-sellers en Suede, ou Johan Theorin s impose desormais comme un des maitres du polar scandinave.

Praise For The Darkest Room

“A fantastic first novel . . . haunting and lyrical.”—Guardian, London

“Theorin’s deeply disturbing debut will remind many of Henning Mankell both in its thematic intensity and dark tone.”—Publishers Weekly

“Vividly rendered . . . The fully fleshed characters and excellent plot should appeal to all crime and thriller readers.”—Booklist, starred review