They say a wolf made those wounds. But what wild animal cuts a body so clean?
'Like a silent fall of snow; suddenly, the reader is enveloped... visually acute, skilfully written; it won't easily erase its tracks in the reader's mind.' HILARY MANTEL, author of WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES
There are six homesteads on Blackasen Mountain.
A day's journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the Church summons her people through the snows. Then, even the oldest enemies will gather.
But now it is summer, and new settlers are come.
It is their two young daughters who find the dead man, not half an hour's walk from their cottage.
The father is away. And whether stubborn, or stupid, or scared for her girls, the mother will not let it rest.
To the wife who is not concerned when her husband does not come home for three days; to the man who laughs when he hears his brother is dead; to the priest who doesn't care; she asks and asks her questions,
digging at the secrets of the mountain.
Like a silent fall of snow; suddenly, the reader is enveloped... visually acute, skilfully written; it won't easily erase its tracks in the reader's mind - HILARY MANTEL, author of WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES
The most brilliantly, dark, eerie, intriguing tale I've ever read. Think The Killing and then square it. - Ruby Wax
Exquisitely suspenseful, beautifully written, and highly recommended - Lee Child
Cecilia Ekback provides something fresh. . . haunting . . . ugly secrets are soon brought to light at the cost of great danger to Maija and her family. Highly individual fare. - Financial Times
A gripping debut in the vein of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites - The Bookseller
A gripping murder mystery - Good Housekeeping
It's rare to come across such an original, compelling and beautifully written novel... supported by richly drawn characters, magical language and so many twists and turns that you'll be reading and shivering into the wee hours. - Pam Lewis, author of Speak Softly, She Can Hear and A Young Wife
As dark as a winter night in the Arctic, as magical as the northern lights, Wolf Winter kept me turning pages long past my bedtime. A marvellous mixture of terror and delight - Lauren B. Davis, author of The Empty Room and Against a Darkening Sky
Cecilia Ekback was born in the north of Sweden; her parents come from Lapland. During her teens, she worked as a journalist and after university specialised in marketing. Over twenty years her work for a multinational took her to Russia, Germany, France, Portugal, the Middle East and the UK. She speaks Swedish, English, French and Russian fluently and has some Spanish, Portuguese and German.
In 2010, she finished a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She now lives in Calgary with her husband and twin daughters, 'returning home' to the landscape and the characters of her childhood in her writing. Wolf Winter is her first novel and she is at work on her second.