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Inger Frimansson

Author of Good Night, My Darling

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Works by Inger Frimansson

Good Night, My Darling (1998) 103 copies
The Shadow in the Water (2005) 85 copies
The Cat Did Not Die (2000) 76 copies
Mörkerspår (2003) 72 copies
Island of the Naked Women (2002) 62 copies
Mannen med oxhjärtat (1999) 30 copies
Die Skrupellose (2001) 26 copies
Råttfångerskan (2009) 24 copies
Det kalla landet (2011) 14 copies
Handdockan (1992) 11 copies
Ligga som ett O (2007) 10 copies
En yxa åt Alice (2014) 9 copies
Pahaa pelkäämättä (1997) 9 copies
Den förtrollade prinsen (1986) 8 copies
De starkare (2009) 4 copies

Associated Works

A Darker Shade of Sweden (2013) — Contributor — 109 copies
Stockholm Noir (2016) — Contributor — 44 copies
Vintermord (2011) — Contributor — 6 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Frimansson, Inger
Tukholma, Ruotsi
Places of residence
Kungholmen, Sweden



A book that got the label 'thriller', but that is the least thrilling book I have ever read in this genre.
It is very slow paced, lots of sentences or content is repeated. And above all, it is not thrilling at all. It is more a book about the relations between and shared history of all the characters.
Glad that I'm done.
BoekenTrol71 | 2 other reviews | Jan 29, 2017 |

I like Scandinavian thrillers, so I'm always looking for new authors. This Swedish author was unknown to me, but I wanted to give her books a try, so I bought this novel.

I was disappointed. Like many Scandinavian books, the story is slow, which I normally don't mind at all, but in this case it is so slow, it just made the book very boring. I don't usually say this, but I was really bored reading this book.

The plot itself wasn't too special either, and the writing was OK to read, but it just couldn't keep my attention. I was so glad when I finally finished the book. I'm not planning to read more books by Inger Frimansson.… (more)
Floratina | 3 other reviews | May 26, 2016 |
Titus Bruun, the renowned publisher, is dying. Waiting by his sickbed is his third wife Ingrid, a chubby and pretty ordinary woman, full of low self-esteem and worry. She’s been bullied by Titus’ young daughters ever since she came into their lives, and she’s never quite understood or felt comfortable with the fact that Titus left his previous wife, Rose, for her. It doesn’t help that Titus has always assured her that Rose is so remarkably strong and confident – that she has long since moved on. Now, on the death bed, Titus wants to meet Rose one final time, to make sure there are no hard feeling. And since Rose never answers her phone, he begs Ingrid to go to her rural cottage outside Södertälje and personally ask her to come visit him. She does so, reluctantly.

Unfortunately for Ingrid, Titus is very wrong about Rose. She lives alone with a hoard of semi-tame rats, does odd jobs reading correcture – and she has by no means moved on. When Ingrid steps into her life, “destroying it for the second time”, an eerie chain of events is set in motion. Soon the two women are involved in a psychological game of life and death.

This is a pitch perfect thriller, beautifully composed and utterly believable. A reader of, say King’s “Misery” will find themselves in familiar landscapes. But Frimansson manages to vary this theme to create a book that is unpredictable, nail-bitingly suspenseful and full of insight into human pettiness. The small cast is played masterfully, and the ending is a wonderful blend of closure and open ends. A joy also to listen to Gunnel Fred’s audio version, where subtle changes in voice give each character a flavor of their own, without ever over acting.

I like Frimansson a lot, but this still took me by surprise with how good it was. It could well be her masterpiece. I sincerely hope it rides the wave of scandi-crime and meets a broad English speaking audience.
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GingerbreadMan | 1 other review | Jul 3, 2012 |
Beth and Ulf are in the summer house. Things aren’t great between them and haven’t been since the baby twins died. The silence and the frustration is palpable. They drink too much. News come on the radio of two escaped convicts from a nearby prison, considered armed and dangerous. And that’s when they realize someone is sneaking round by the old barn. To her own surprise all the suppressed anger in Beth comes out and she furiously attacks the intruder, striking him with an axe. In the aftermath of the shock, after a scared and fragile night with a corpse in the barn, they decide to go to the police. After all, it was self-defense. Wasn’t it? It’s on the drive there they get the news that both the escaped convicts have been captured without drama.

The opening of this nail-biting, nightmarish novel is as good as Inger Frimansson ever was. She varies her theme of murder and aftermath from the perp’s point of view with a steady hand. Don’t go into a book of hers expecting mystery or procedural (as I think a lot of people do). Frimansson is all about investigating the effects of the crime. This time she focuses on the couple, and what a shared secret like this might do to two people. It really is the most claustrophobic experience, with a keen eye for how small things in the everyday take on a new meaning. Like when a child innocently asks Beth the question if she’s ever seen a dead person. If she could have held that suspense all the way, this could be her best book.

But then sadly, she kind of spoils it with some rather silly turns of events, and a strained ending that comes all too suddenly. I wish she would have stuck with the small-scale suffocating psychological horror she does best. As it is, the ending drags the beginning down to a rating just above average.
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GingerbreadMan | Aug 28, 2011 |



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