Never Coming Back by Hans Koppel
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A harrowing thriller that has taken Sweden and Britain by storm—a twisted plot of revenge and tragedy by a writer whose style evokes Henning Mankell and Hakan Nesser.

Mike Zetterberg lives with his wife Ylva and their daughter in a house just outside Helsingborg in Sweden. One evening, Ylva doesn’t come home as expected. Mike passes it off as a drink with a work friend, but when she’s still missing the next day, he starts to worry. As Mike battles suspicion from the police and his own despair, he is unaware that Ylva is still alive, just a stone’s throw from his own home: Ylva has been drawn into a twisted plot of revenge and tragedy that leads back into her and her abductors’ shared past.
Given the sudden and mysterious circumstances of her disappearance, Mike becomes the chief suspect. But what no one knows is that she’s being held hostage in the cellar of the house across the street. A secret camera has been set up in her own home so that Ylva can only watch her family on the screen. They cannot see her—and they most certainly cannot hear her scream.
Hans Koppel’s tale of horrific tragedy and brutal revenge that has obsessed readers across Scandinavia and England for the past year now makes its American debut.

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Hans Koppel is a pseudonym for an established Swedish author, Petter Lidbeck, who was born in 1964 and lives in Stockholm.
Published November 6, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Swedish suburbia is the setting for this thriller about an abducted young woman who is imprisoned and abused—in a house across the street from hers—by the psychiatrist her husband turns to in his fear and despair.

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When Ylva Zetterberg fails to come home one evening, her husband Mike’s painful memory of her infidelity causes him to initially assume that she’s abandoned him and their seven-year-old daughter.

Oct 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Never Coming Back: A Novel

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The first in a planned trilogy (the second book has already been published in the author’s native Sweden), this is a perfectly paced, suspense-filled work that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned.

Nov 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Never Coming Back: A Novel


He has chosen a pseudonym like Lars Keppler whose The Hypnotist appeared earlier this year, but worse, earlier this year we had Jussi Adler-Olsen’s IMercy, set just across The Sound in Denmark, which set a standard so high that it would be difficult to beat and Koppel does not reach that level.

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