We Know you Remember
Sent away for a crime at a young age Olof returns to the house where his father still lives to a shocking revelation and sight. Imagine walking into the house, opening the door to the bathroom and finding you father dead. Leaving the house and hoping not to kill the dog that is blocking the path of his car, someone forces him to stop and the event from this point on make you wonder if he did not kill his father or not.
A young girl is missing and a hidden body from decades ago cover I[s and old sins are at the heart of this novel. Olaf Hagstrom returns home, and the front door key is
still hidden under the same stone, but he finds his father dead. Eira Sjodin is the police detective investigation the case and brings back memories of why Olof at the age of 14 was found guilty of rape and murdering a local girl. The town does not forget or forgive and DIra’s childhood has memories of its own. Olof was a minor and too young to be sentenced so he was going to a youth home and his family no longer recognized him as part of it.
The case takes on many faces as Eira and GG her partner and August look back at the murder of Lina and Olof who was sent away for it. But not everything is what it seemed like the author allows Olof to remember certain details about that night and what happened. Tryggve Nydalen had a secret of his own and his son Patrik was the one that made sure Olof was there to be questioned in the death of his father. Taken into custody they soon learned that the time frame from when he arrived and drove there did not make him the killer. All the people in his community had their own take on Sven Hagstrom and the librarian seemed to have the best recollections. Details about what happened with Lina, being there in the woods and the scene that the author describes as if he raped and murdered her is snared on page105 but is that what really happened? It continues with a total description on page 107 plus there are some that voiced their thoughts and fears that he was back in their area on social media.
This happened over twenty years ago, and Olof created a quite a stir in many communities and families saying that the police had to make sure that their children would be safe, and they could live outside without fear. Added in there are those that want to do more harm to Olof and several bikers decided to burn down his father’s house hoping he was inside of it. The damage was irreparable, and the outcome was they arrested Tryggve because his prints were all over the house but after speaking with his wife, we learn about his past, about how he was involved with a gang rape and changed his name at the time to Adam and the plot becomes more complicated at Eira tries to sort it all out and when she does you won’t believe what she discovers. One of the boys involved in setting the fire called the emergency k=ne they had thrown burning bottles through the windows and other a thirteen-year-old claimed it was him to take the blame from the others that were older and keep them out of prison. But this was far from over. GG and Eira trying to piece it all together and then realizing Olof was not inside, but they found him in the hospital in a coma.
There is something odd about this from the start and when you hear each version from several about what happened on the night the Lina disappeared you get to wonder what really happened? There was a gang rape of a young girl and those involved were sent away for a year, but they never found her body a piece of clothing. What really happened to her? With GG, Bosse Ring and August and her team they move ahead in a methodical and logical manner, but you realize that these investigators put their jobs first before anything they are totally dedicated.
Added in the author delves in the mental state of Eira’s mother who has dementia and needs more care. Hoping that her brother Magnus would come and help the story takes a twisted turn and we learn about the murder of a man named Kenneth and his relationship to Lina, what happened that night and why Magnus is now in custody.
We learn about the boat on the river and the seven tips that the police had but every account of what happened with Lina and the night she disappeared creates more doubt in Eira’s mind after looking at a VHS video realizing that me night is not guilty of what he was accused over 10 years ago.
The job is everything to Eira and she become so immersed she forgets to eat, sleep or even enjoy life at times. Kerstin her mother needs help as her dementia is getting worse and her interview with Mejan the wife of Tryggvee leads her to understand that he is not guilty of killing Olof’s father, but you won’t believe who did and why.
When a body is found the learn it is not Lina but someone lese and things start to come together at this point. August works with her and there seems to be some type of connection that has yet to be explored but Eira is all work and professional and no time of anything else at least not year. Questions asked as GG wants to know here she is, sensing by Kungsfarden, and ask Nydalen if this could be the person he saw and then maybe a murder will be solved. Kenneth Emanuel Isaksson is the man whose body was found what was his connection to Lina Stavred and how would things change what happened to Olof years ago as Eira and GG viewed the VHS tape and heard the interviewers questioning him and realized they were putting words into his mouth causing him to confess. Eira flashed back to her own childhood with fears and realizes that something things you never forget. When Olof’s sister Ingela returns, must deal with her father’s funeral the reunion with Olof is revealing, heartwarming will the connect and will he finally have a better life?
This intricate crime narrative takes us to the past and the present, we learn the truth behind what happened to Lina as author Tove Alsterdal created an ending with twists, turns revelations you won’t expect, heartbreaking news that will change the dynamics of her life and family as the truths come out, the lies and betrayals revealed and we say to Olof, Eira, Magnus and others WE KNOW YOU REMEMBER they all do in their own way.
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