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Translated by Steven T. Murray
Two women trapped by a past that won’t let them go
Monika buries herself in her work as a doctor, determined to be a success; Maj-Britt stays in her apartment, eating to block out her pain. They have little in common, though both suffer in their struggle to forget their pasts.
A tragic accident and a letter bring the pair together and force Monika and Maj-Britt to confront their shame. But both harbour secrets so dark and powerful it could mean the other’s destruction, or salvation.
Shame is a confronting psychological thriller that explores guilt, desire and forgiveness. Karin Alvtegen’s third novel confirms her ranking as one of Europe’s best-selling crime writers.
‘Karin Alvtegen’s brilliant and nervy oeuvre just got spookier…A brilliant writer who really knows how to tighten the screws…No wonder she is one of Europe’s best selling writers.’
‘A brilliant portrait of a woman nearing mental breakdown…Alvtegen at her best.’
‘Shame continues Alvtegen’s good work in creating female characters who set themselves beyond the pale…and the ensuing resolution is beautifully handled.’
‘A compulsive thriller.’