By Mari Jungstedt

An altogether more gentle, albeit thrilling, debut from this Swedish author – Unseen is a welcome new voice in European crime.

The picturesque holiday island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden, is in the middle of a busy tourist season when a young woman is found murdered. Suspicion falls on her husband as the couple had been seen fighting the evening before.

Inspector Anders Knutas is hoping it will be a straightforward case; the local authorities are hoping so too, but more out of an interest in protecting the tourist trade than any desire to see justice served. Then another victim is discovered, again a young woman and she has been murdered in exactly the same way.

Knutas, aided by investigative journalist Johan Berg, begins to piece together the tragic history that unites the two victims and alarmingly points to more murders to come.

The killer remains unknown, moving freely and unseen on the island. All that is clear is that the two victims are just the beginning, unless Knutas and Berg can discover the killer’s identity before they strike again.

Available in large paperback at 17 euros.