After the death of Ellen Keldberg two visitors come to the northern Danish seaside town of Skagen on a snowy night.
Ellen’s student nephew Mikkel comes to organise her funeral, yet he can barely remember Aunt Ellen and knows nothing about her life. Anne Sofie comes to exhibit her photographs, and to single-mindedly pursue her ruthless quest. She will allow no-one to obscure the truth about Ellen. Before Anne Sofie has finished, there will be blood in the snow, and she will have photographed death.
‘The author’s professional experience as a filmmaker finds its way into the excellent atmospheric portrait of the place and the people who inhabit it … Petersen has created an interesting and surprising tale, with touches of macabre humour. It’s a slow-burner of a murder mystery that lingers in the reader’s mind for a long time, as much as blood on snow and the smell of freshly caught fish. Snow and darkness hide old painful secrets and new alliances promise the solving of mysteries and resolving of painful personal issues. Don’t expect fireworks and you will enjoy this subtle analysis of family relations.’ Crime Review.
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After the Death of Ellen Keldberg is an unputdownable novel by the Danish film director and novelist Eddie Thomas Petersen. It’s as relentless as Anne Sofie’s smile, as unstoppable as her search for answers. It’s a family saga, a thriller without gore, and a portrait of Skagen in the snow, full of alliances and old secrets. Discover Ellen Keldberg’s story with Mikkel as he blunders through Skagen in winter.
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‘a thoughtful, atmospheric novel that’ll win plenty of fans … Eddie Thomas Petersen has put together an exciting narrative that’s also laden with interesting ideas, all making for a surprisingly rich experience – whether it’s exploring nature vs. nurture or the purpose of art. It’s shrewdly paced, at times beautiful and at times horrific, and it’s always compelling. An excellent read as the dark winter months start to draw in.’ IndieLitFic
‘a wonderfully compelling novel, both a revealing family saga and a mystery.’ – Ali Hope
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