Born into a life of privilege, Sybilla has spent many years opting instead to live on the streets of Stockholm, cadging a bed, a bath, a meal, where she can. Her favorite technique?one she permits herself only as a special treat?plays out at the Grand Hotel, where with luck she can usually charm... show more
Born into a life of privilege, Sybilla has spent many years opting instead to live on the streets of Stockholm, cadging a bed, a bath, a meal, where she can. Her favorite technique?one she permits herself only as a special treat?plays out at the Grand Hotel, where with luck she can usually charm a lonely visiting businessman into buying her dinner and a room for the night. But then she picks the wrong businessman. When his dead body is found the next morning, Sybilla becomes the prime suspect. For years, her anonymity has sheltered her; she has found a kind of home in the invisibility of homeless life. But with her anonymity shattered, Sybilla is forced into the one course of action that might allow her to go home again.
Publish date: February 16th 2009
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
This was a nice break from my typical police procedural Nordic Noir books that I read. This emphasis was much more psychological in method. I wouldn't necessarily lean toward this type of book, but it will be a nice break from time to time. Good writing, loved the main character, and the story laid ...
Good mystery, with a different twist. The protagonist is homeless, a former mental patient. She's accused of being a serial killer, and her back story is told in flashbacks. It's well told, in a surprisingly short novel. I enjoyed it.Recommended if you like mysteries or crime novels.
Can someone please tell me the point of including her mental illness and her parent's cruelty towards her? Yuo only needed a fraction of that information to understand why she was now sleeping rough and even then it didn't add anything to the story at all. And why did she think being 'caught' for sc...
The poor little rich girl thing didn't grab me at all.Next!
Nominee for an Edgar for best novel this year. A homeless woman who survives by her wits becomes the prime suspect in a man’s death in Stockholm. Will probably make my best of list for 2009. Truly compelling characters and setting. Will look forward to reading more of her books.