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Rites of Spring by Anders de la Motte

Genre: Thriller
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4/5
Publisher:Zaffre
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About The Book

Southern Sweden: Beautiful countryside, endless forests, coastal walks, dark days – and even darker nights. But beneath the beauty lies a dark heart . . .
Skåne, 1986: On the night of Walpurgis, the eve of May Day, where bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits and preparations are made to celebrate the renewal of spring, a sixteen-year-old girl is ritualistically murdered in the woods beside a castle. Her stepbrother is convicted of the terrible deed and shortly after, the entire family vanishes without a trace.
Spring, 2019: Dr Thea Lind moves into the castle. After making a strange discovery in an ancient oak tree on the grounds, her fascination with the old tragedy deepens. As she uncovers more and more similarities between her own troubled past and the murdered girl, she begins to believe that the real truth of the killing was never uncovered.
What if the spring of 1986 claimed more than one victim?


My Thoughts

I never know why, but the Scandinavian stories always have a pace and folklore background that you feel transported inside the story; it doesn’t matter if it’s a romance or a thriller, they always catch you!
Rites of Spring is no different, a long time ago, a girl disappeared on the Walpurgis Night, her stepbrother was convicted for the crime, but no one ever forgot the case. Now, Thea Lind has moved to a castle to start her new chapter in life but when she discovers Elita Svarts’ case, she feels connected to it and that there was something more of the case that was never discovered… Is she ready to risk her life to discover the truth? You’ll have to read the book to discover the truth.
This story is told between the past and the present, a way to connect the reader with all the facts and sympathize with all the characters, I will admit that in the beginning it was a little bit tricky with all the information and characters but as soon as you enter to the story it gets better, believe me. I always like a good story where there are secrets hidden from the past in a closed community, where everyone seems to know everything but not always what they see is the real truth…
This is a book to get lost, to let your imagination flow and keep turning pages till the end. Easy to get lost, believe me.
This is the fourth book of the Årstidskvartetten series, but you can read it as standalone.
Are you ready for the “Rites of Spring”?


About The Author

Anders de la Motte (b. 1971) made his debut in 2010 with [geim], which won the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ ‘First Book Award’. He is a former Police Officer and was until recently Director of Security at one of the world’s largest IT companies. He is currently an International Security Consultant. With his blend of fast-paced suspense, humor, and informed commentary on IT and social media, Anders de la Motte represents a distinct new voice in Scandinavian crime fiction: wild, playful and full of references to popular culture, including his literary cousin Philip K. Dick.