More Bitter Than Death: A Novel by Camilla Grebe, Åsa Träff

By Camilla Grebe, Åsa Träff

Its arainy night in a Stockholm suburb and five-year-old Tilda is hiding below thekitchen desk fiddling with her crayons whilst a guy enters and beats her motherto loss of life in chilly blood. the single witness, Tilda cant really see the assassin orfigure out who he's. yet shes nonetheless a witness.

Acrosstown, Siri Bergman and her ally, Aina, are supporting their outdated pal Vijaywith a examine undertaking on household abuse. They host a weekly self-help groupfor survivors, and over the process numerous darkish, wet evenings, those womenshare their tales of most unlikely love, violence, and humiliation. whilst theboyfriend of 1 of the ladies seems to be a main suspect in a high-profilemurder case, it isnt lengthy ahead of Siri unearths herself embroiled in theinvestigation. yet as she attracts towards discovering the assassin, unexpecteddevelopments in her personal lifestyles strength her to ask yourself: Can she discover ways to belief a managain even with being surrounded by means of ladies who've been so deeply betrayed bylove?

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There’s been little enough laughter in this village since winter came. Now even the gleeman’s cloak brings a laugh. ” “Say what you will,” Cenn spoke up suddenly. “I still say it’s a foolish waste of money. ” 14 An Empty Road “So there are fireworks,” Mat said, but Cenn went right on. “They should have been here a month ago with the first peddler of the year, but there hasn’t been a peddler, has there? If he doesn’t come by tomorrow, what are we going to do with them? Hold another Festival just to set them off?

It was the same on all sides. ” That was the way of most Two Rivers people. People who had to watch the hail beat their crops or the wolves take their lambs, and start over, no matter how many years it happened, did not give up easily. Most of those who did were long since gone. Tam would not have stopped for Wit Congar if the man had not come out 6 An Empty Road into the street so they had to halt or let Bela run over him. The Congars – and the Coplins; the two families were so intermarried no one really knew where one family let off and the other began – were known from Watch Hill to Deven Ride, and maybe as far as Taren Ferry, as complainers and troublemakers.

A slender woman, with her thick braid of graying hair pulled over one shoulder, Mistress al’Vere smiled in a motherly fashion that took in both of them. “There is more of this in the kitchen, if you two are hungry, and I never knew boys your age who weren’t. Or any other age, for that matter. ” She was one of the few married women in the area who never tried to play matchmaker with Tam. Toward Rand her motherliness extended to warm smiles and a quick snack whenever he came by the inn, but she did as much for every young man in the area.

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