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Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman

Blackwater (1993)

by Kerstin Ekman

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Blackwater is an isolated village in Sweden and this novel follows three people with a connection to the village - Annie Raft comes to the village in the 1970's to join her boyfriend and to teach at a commune; Johan Brandberg is the youngest son in a family of five boys and Birger Torbjornsson is the local doctor. But on the night that Annie arrives in the village she discovers the bodies of two people, Johan runs away from home and Birger's wife leaves him. This book is not so much about the murder but about the lives of the characters. In fact it takes eighteen years and Annie seeing Johan again before the events of that night are finally resolved.

There is a very distant quality to this story. I never really felt connected to the characters or the story but something kept me turning the page and needing to know where Kerstin Ekman was taking us. But it is a very atmospheric novel I got a real sense of place and the isolation of the life these people lived. I did like it and will be reading more of Ekman's work. ( )
1 vote calm | Apr 14, 2012 |
Et dobbeltmord på selve midsommernatten i et lille samfund i Nordsverige knytter mennesker og natur sammen i konsekvenser, der først bliver synlige, da forbrydelsen opklares efter 18 år.

Egentlig forkert at rubricere den som "krimi" - det er simpelthen en god bog som også er spændende. ( )
  kirstenlarsen | Feb 14, 2010 |
Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman is a crime novel by a Swedish author, but it's much more than just another dark Scandinavian mystery. The novel centers around a double murder, following the lives of three people affected by the event; the young woman who stumbles across the bodies, a doctor whose wife is in the area at the time, and a teenage boy who runs away the night of the killings. For much of the novel, as the characters go about living their lives, the murders are almost forgotten. Ekman explores the themes of solitude and loneliness, how you can live with someone and still be a stranger to them, environmental destruction and the uncomfortable tension between a nostalgia for days gone by and the harsh reality of life in the middle of Sweden in the past.

The writing is beautiful with lovely descriptions of a part of Sweden between Ostersund and Norway, where nature is lush and fragile, the people hardy but closed to outsiders. The mystery is solved in the end, in a satisfying way. A book well worth reading. ( )
1 vote RidgewayGirl | Jan 12, 2010 |
The other reviews adequately outline the setting, theme and story line. I am moved to provide this review because I was deeply disappointed with a novel that I found pedestrian, uninventive and virtually without humour or wit. Moreover, it is padded with disassociated side stories that neither inform the main theme and story nor provide greater depth to characterisation. I thought the plodding style might be due to the translation, but I cannot believe that a translation would have lost all wit that might have been present. So if you wish to visit a well-described small isolated Scandinavian rural community in a boreal region, this is for you. However, if you are looking for a novel that will surprise and delight, I'd leave this one and look for another. ( )
  richardmckellar | Oct 30, 2008 |
Ekman's Blackwater is possessive. It grabs you and you can't put it down. It's dark and gritty - peppered with angry scenes of violence and meaningless, lust driven sex. Like a maze with many twisting passages Blackwater has a community of dark stories to tell. Each tale is tangled with another and at the center, common to all, is a double murder. While everyone knows about it and is touched by it, no one can solve it for twenty years.
In the beginning Annie Raft follows a lover to Blackwater to his out-of-the-way commune. On her first day in town Annie stumbles across the murdered bodies of two tourists camping in the backwoods of Blackwater. For twenty years she is haunted by the face of the man she thinks did it until one day that face comes back in the form of her daughter's newest boyfriend. The mystery, along with a whole host of secrets, start to unravel.
The landscape is such an important element in the novel I would have enjoyed a map, something that illustrates Annie getting lost in the forest, how far away from town the commune was, where the well was that Johan was tossed into in relation to where the murders took place, etc. ( )
1 vote SeriousGrace | Jul 7, 2008 |
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On Midsummer's Eve, 1974, Annie Raft arrives with her daughter Mia in the remote Swedish village of Blackwater to join her lover Dan on a nearby commune. On her journey through the deep forest, she sumbles upon the site of a grisly double murder--a crime that will remain unsolved for nearly twenty years, until the day Annie sees her grown daughter in the arms of one man she glimpsed in the forest that eerie midsummer night.

Like Gorky Park and Smilla's Sense of Snow, Blackwater is a unique trhiller in which the hearts and minds of the characters are as strikingly compelling as the exotic northern landscape that envelops them.

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After moving to the remote town of Blackwater in northern Sweden to join her lover, Annie Raft stumbles upon a brutal double murder that remains unsolved for twenty years, until the day she sees her grown daughter in the arms of the man Annie saw leavingthe scene of the crime.… (more)

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