Lelle’s teenager daughter, Lina, went missing three years ago. He still drives the Silver Road, lit by the Swedish Midnight Sun, searching for anything that may help bring Lina back to him. Meja has just moved to Northern Sweden with her volatile mother. She’s no stranger to relocating and never bothers to try to settle down in one place. She’s surprised to find herself so attached to local boy Carl-Johan and his eccentric family. Meja and Lelle’s storylines play out in parallel to each other for most of the book, only to finally collide in the latter half as Lelle is drawn to Meja by her resemblance to his missing daughter.
This was a fantastic mystery read. It focused more on the emotional damage of Lina’s disappearance rather than the dramatics of the case which I enjoyed. I liked the setting, the ever-present sunshine of the Northern Swedish summer gave the dense forest and abandoned homesteads a slightly uncanny feel. All of the people I suspected as potentially being responsible for Lina (and later, Hanna) going missing were sufficiently suspicious enough to be a suspect but no one stuck out, allowing for the final reveal to still be a surprise. I liked that the ending tied everything up and allowed for hope for the characters.
Rating: 3 / 5 stars.
The Silver Road is out March 7th, 2019.