Wolf Winter

Wolf Winter

Paperback - 2015
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Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband and their two daughters arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of the past and put down roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackasen, a mountain whose dark history haunts the lives of those in its shadow.

While herding the family's goats on the mountain, Maija's elder daughter, Frederika, stumbles across the mutilated body of one of their neighbours, Eriksson. The community dismisses the death as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain it was murder. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbours' unconcern, Maija is drawn into the history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackasen.

Meanwhile, young Frederika is pulled toward the mountain as well, feeling something no one around her seems to notice. The seasons change, and the harshest winter in memory-known as a "wolf winter"-descends upon them. Struggling to survive, the settlers are forced to come together, but Maija, not knowing whom to trust, is still determined to find answers. As the snow gathers, the settlers' secrets are laid bare. Soon Maija will discover the true cost of survival under the mountain-and what it will take to make it to spring.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2015
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443434904
Branch Call Number: FIC EKB
Characteristics: 408 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Feb 09, 2017

Loved this book, couldn't put it down. Atmosphere, beautiful characters, tense story line. What a wonderful thing to experience such a different time, such a different place

Jan 10, 2017

This novel is set in northern Sweden in the early 18th century, but the time period is very poorly evoked. It could have been set in any century. The community of settlers and Lapps is one in which everyone has a secret and it is dominated by the reality of the harsh climate and by spirits. The mystery, when it is revealed, seems incomprehensible. Not recommended.

Nov 30, 2016

Hauntingly written novel set in the northern Swedish area of Lapland in the winter of 1717. A young family, hoping for a better life, move from Finland to their uncle's remote homestead at the base of a dark mountain. The young daughters come upon a badly mutilated body while herding their goats. Others in the outlying community want to dismiss the death as a wolf attack, but the mother (Maija) believes the death was murder and she is compelled to search for the killer.

Very atmospheric and descriptive of how a harsh winter affected peasants at that time. Also a lesson on how punitive religion and superstition can instill fear and destroy people.

May 16, 2016

Atmospheric story of murder in an isolated mountain community consumed by fear and superstition. One woman must confront the community to solve the crime before hysteria takes hold.

Dec 10, 2015

Unusual setting and time period. Very good.

Aug 29, 2015

In her author’s note at the end of the book, Ekbaeck provides a brief, fascinating overview of Sweden in the 1700s. Its social and political landscape. Pietism and the questionable role of priests. Sami paganism… Lots of snow. The possibilities for this “Scandanavian thriller” were great.

How disappointing then to find that this Laplander tale was a snooze.

The characters cling stubbornly to the page. The plot never really gains any momentum. And the writing itself is, for the most part, lackluster:

“He began to walk. It was cold. He would go and sit down by his fire..."

Mar 10, 2015

A historical novel. A ghost story. A murder mystery. What is this book? It's all three and can she write! I can't wait for her next book.

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