The Forbidden Place by Susanne Jansson

Synopsis: In the remote Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarken: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods.
Biologist Nathalie came in order to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.

Soon after her arrival, she finds an unconscious man out on the marsh, his pockets filled with gold–just like the ancient human sacrifices. A grave is dug in the mire, which vanishes a day after. And as the police investigate, the bodies start to surface…

Is the mire calling out for sacrifices, as the superstitious locals claim? Or is it an all-too-human evil?

Review: Swedish thrillers always intrigue me, the atmosphere is always really different and interesting! I didn’t know the author, so I was all the more curious to get into this novel!

Nathalie is linked to a small town, one she left when she was little, but something is attracting her back there. She doesn’t really want to deal with her past and yet she may not have a choice. Because if this place is beautiful, it is also full of terrible secrets. Our heroine will find herself in the middle of an old secret and she will discover what is really going on there.

I had a really good time with that novel. The author has put a lot of scientific explanations like Nathalie is a biologist, and being a chemist, I found it really very interesting to learn more about it. I got carried away by this story taking place in an unusual place. We will follow the story of Nathalie, but also that of Maya, a photographer who tries to understand what Mossmarken, even if it is not simple. We will discover the secrets of some of them, but also much more than that.

A very good thriller and I’m curious to read more of the author’s novels!

14 thoughts on “The Forbidden Place by Susanne Jansson

  1. It does sound like a good thriller and neat that she is a biologist and the story included more about that. I’ve not read a mystery set in Sweden yet. I’ll have to keep this one in mind.

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