Wolf Winter

Wolf Winter

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband Paavo and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow. While herding the family's goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbors, Eriksson. The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbors' strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson's widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackåsen. Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice. As the seasons change, and the "wolf winter," the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family's survival in this land of winter-long darkness. As the snow gathers, the settlers' secrets are increasingly laid bare. Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself. Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring"-- provided by publisher.
Moving with her husband and children to early eighteenth-century Swedish Lapland to escape the traumas of their life in Finland, Maija investigates a suspicious local death that reveals their new community's dark history of betrayals.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Weinstein Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781602862524
1602862524
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm

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winterstreet
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

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uncommonreader
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.

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htliang
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.

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finn75
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.

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kgermain65
Dec 10, 2015

Unusual setting and time period. Very good.

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susanchyn
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..."

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booksbooks1
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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