For the month of December I wanted to choose a book that you can enjoy on a chilly winter’s eve, while the snow is falling outside your window, and you on the couch drinking your hot beverage. Instead of a classic Christmas story, I have chosen a mystery novel that will keep you captivated for hours on end. You will never want to put it down, yet at the same time, you will feel like you want all of your questions answered.
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck, is a unique story that follows the family of Maj, who travels from Finland, all the way to Swedish Lapland. Those who are with her are her husband, Jan-Erik, and her two daughters, Marit and Frederika. They leave Finland, hoping that they will leave their past behind them and all of the trauma that goes along with it. Behind their house lies a beautiful yet harsh mountain known as Blackåsen, the story behind the mountain is titillating yet also has a dark history attached to it.
During one day, when Frederika is out herding the goats, she stumbles upon the mutilated dead body of one of their neighbors. Although the death is ruled accidental and by a wolf attack, Maj feels that the wounds that were inflicted on the neighbor can only be caused by another man. Maj begins to investigate the unfortunate event of the death of her neighbor, and learns all about his widow’s fate. All the while this is happening, Frederika is drawn to the mountain, for she sees and feels something about the mountain that no adult nor anyone else can see.
This novel is truly compelling, and a delightful read for anyone who enjoys a nice mystery story on a snowy day or night. All you need to do is grab your copy of the book, brew yourself a nice hot mug of your choosing, grab a blanket, and get comfortable on the couch, because you will be sucked directly into the book.