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In the Heat of the Moment

Sandhamn Murders Series, Book 5
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What’s a lie among friends? It’s murder - in this riveting thriller by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of Tonight You’re Dead....

It’s Midsummer’s Eve, the celebration of the longest day of the year, and on Sandhamn it’s the longest party of the year. But the fun comes to a dead halt when a young reveler is murdered, a teenage girl is found drugged and dazed on the beach, and other young women vanish. So far, what links the victims is a mystery. For Nora Linde and her new boyfriend, Jonas Sköld, the crimes are personal: one of the missing girls is Wilma, Jonas’s daughter. And her disappearance could test Nora and Jonas’s relationship in ways they never expected.

Thrust into the investigation, they soon discover that it’s more than a case of bad blood between friends. But the truth, which has receded into a haze of carousing, drugs, and liquor, is getting harder to see. If Nora and Jonas are going to find out what happened to Wilma, they’d better do it fast - before the ebbing tides sweep away all the terrible secrets of that night on Sandhamn Island.

©2012 Viveca Sten (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Marlaine Delargy.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • E. Allison
  • 14/01/2019

Vivid and believable characters

This book was a breath of fresh air in the often repetitive murder mystery genre. Realistic characters whose shoes it was easy to step into and see from their perspective - from teenage angst to grieving parents. The characters felt alive and their motivations believable. The whole story just felt natural and I was compelled to finish it, something I haven't felt about this genre in a very long time.

The reader does an incredible job - her reading flows and the voices are fantastic, her teenager voices are amazing. Even her male voices are completely respectable. The book is already fantastic, but the reader brought them to life for me. I'm not Swedish so can't speak to how accurate her pronunciations are, but they sounded very natural to me so I enjoyed the additional immersion very much. I'm looking forward to the rest of her readings.

It's amazing that this is a translation - I haven't read the original obviously, but just from this, I'm impressed how well it carried over, the translator did an incredible job.

This is only the second book in several years that I was eager to finish reading. My first Viveca Sten and I'm hooked - I've already bought the rest of the series, and can only hope the reader does as good a job with them as she did with this one.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 20 Paws Mom
  • 18/09/2018

A!most paradise

Viveca Sten has set a grizzly murder in the surreal beauty of a Swedish summer.

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  • auntiena
  • 10/09/2018


This story is about a teenage boy found dead after an annual festival to celebrate Midsummer on a Swedish island. The investigation leads the police to several young people who had been "partying" during the festival and their unwillingness to talk. Fear of their parents' anger is just one reason....
Viveca Sten writes murder mysteries with lots of twists and turns that I can only put down long enough to sleep. I love the details she gives about the characters and Sandhamn (Sand Harbor), their village in the Archipelago.
I appreciate the absence of graphic sex, and though the "F" word is used, her books aren't saturated with foul language.
I look forward to her next Sandhamn mystery.