Alvtegen's chilling novels are head and shoulders above most of the Scandi crew and...remind one forcefully of the early Barbara Vine novels. ... [Shadow] won't make you feel good about humankind, but it will keep you reading under the duvet during the small hours. -- Carla McKay * * The Daily Mail * * A truly irresistible read. * * Sknska Dagbladet * * Karin Alvtegen has become one of the greatest in the genre referred to as the psychological thriller . . . Shadow is . . . an excellent novel, suspenseful and intelligent and exceptionally well written. * * Eskilstuna-Kuriren * * Shadow is a classic Alvtegen novel - but with 'extra everything' . . . Like in her previous novels, Alvtegen moves aptly and confidently between odd characters and 'normal people', ordinary, everyday situations and disastrous moments . . . Once you've been properly sucked into the story, you are lost. * * stgta-Correspondenten * * Karin Alvtegen in brilliant shape . . . I read without stopping and with mounting excitement to see how Karin Alvtegen will tie it all together in the end. As the pro she is, she manages to to do just that, and the story builds up towards its dramatic and entirely unexpected denouement . . . Karin Alvtegen's new novel offers nearly four hundred pages of pure suspense. * * Jnkpings-Posten * *
Karin Alvtegen was born in Jnkping, Sweden, in 1965 and had a varied career, including work in set design for film and stage, before she started to write. She won Sweden's most prestigious crime novel award, the Glass Key, in 2000 with her novel, Missing, and further acclaim with her next two novels, Betrayal and Shame. She is the great-neice of Astrid Lindgren (author of the Pippi Longstocking stories), and lives in Stockholm.