Tuesday intro: The Missing

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading my Kindle First selection, The Missing by Caroline Eriksson. Here’s what it’s about…

An ordinary outing takes Greta, Alex, and four-year-old Smilla across Sweden’s mythical Lake Malice to a tiny, isolated island. While father and daughter tramp into the trees, Greta stays behind in the boat, lulled into a reverie by the misty, moody lake…only later to discover that the two haven’t returned. Her frantic search proves futile. They’ve disappeared without a trace.

Greta struggles to understand their eerie vanishing. She desperately needs to call Alex, to be reassured that Smilla is safe, or contact the police. But now her cell phone is missing too. Back at her cottage, she finds it hidden away under the bedsheets. Had she done that? Or had someone else been in the cottage? But who, and why?

As Greta struggles to put the pieces together, she fears that her past has come back to torment her, or she’s finally lost her grip on reality…

And here’s how it starts…

The little motorboat slices through the water with the precision of a knife. The sun is low in the sky; it’s getting late on this evening at the end of summer. I’m sitting in the bow, closing my eyes to the water spraying up into my face, fighting against the nausea that churns inside my body and matches the movement of the boat. If only he would slow down a little, I think. And as if he has read my mind, that’s exactly what Alex does. I turn around to face him. He’s sitting in the stern with one hand on the tiller of the outboard motor. His whole being emanates masculinity and control. His shaved head, his clenched jaw, the furrow of concentration on his brow. Men aren’t usually described as beautiful, but that’s what Alex is. I’ve always thought so. And I still do.

What do you think? There is nothing to hint really, maybe other than the last sentence to suggest anything is going to go wrong is there. Would you keep reading to find out more?


  1. Ooo er… This sounds like another of those wrenching psychological thrillers I’m allergic to! That said, it does sound horribly gripping…

    1. I just can’t keep away – plus it’s Scandinavian which I also can’t resist.

      1. I’m the last to preach – give me a cool spacescape on the cover, a nifty premise involving an intriguing race of aliens and I’d trample my own granny to get to the book…

  2. Oh this sounds like it could be creepy — in a good way!

    1. It is. Dark and tense.

  3. Another one of my favorite kinds of reads! The setting sounds wonderful, too. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “SHE CAN KILL”

    1. It sounds beautiful but dark too. So far, I’m really enjoying.

  4. sounds good! You’re right, it seems to start with nothing wrong, but combined with the synopsis, you can start thinking all kinds of possibilities

    1. Exactly and it doesn’t take long for things to turn.

  5. This intrigues me. So many of the books I’ve read lately seem similar in one way or another but this seems very unusual. I’d give it a try for sure. Here’s the link to my intro/teaser today: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1oY

    1. The first few pages are a slow build then it really ramps up. Need to find,out about her dark past now.

  6. I like the description in the opening. The scene is so easy to envision! This sounds like a story I’d enjoy.
    My Tuesday post features a middle grade novel: TOO BIG.

    1. It is easy you are right. She seems really good at painting pictures.

    1. Yes, the island is creepy. The tension does start to build quite quickly after a mild opening.

  7. Sounds like a good one! 🙂

    1. So far, so good!

  8. I like both the description and opening. I would definitely keep reading.

    1. So far, it has been worth carrying on. I’m a sucker for Scandinavian fiction.

  9. Love the cover and seems very atmospheric.

    1. That’s what first caught my eye. So far, it is very spooky.

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