Child’s PlayBo Svernström
Robert Lindström harbors a childhood secret: he killed his best friend in a fit of rage when he was eleven years old. Or, did he?
Robert was accused of murder as a child, even though he claims not to remember a thing of what happened. Due to lack of evidence and the children’s ages, Robert was never convicted of the crime, but he was ostracised in the community, assumed guilty. As a result, even as an adult he leads a reclusive and mundane life, keeping his head down. Until one day, when a woman who seems to know much too much about the events, calls him up. Lexa is a journalist, writing a book about Robert and the case, revisiting the old crime scene and investigation. She seeks to enlist his help and threats to bring everything Robert has tried to hide—and forget—for so long back to the surface. Lexa has a theory: Robert is innocent. But why does he keep saying he did it?
At the same time, the body of a young girl is discovered in a secluded spot near the school where she went missing a day before. At the time of her disappearance a white car, matching Robert’s vehicle, was seen nearby. Is it a coincidence that the girl was found dead in the same Stockholm suburb that Robert lived in as a child, and where he and Lexa are going over the original case? Chief Inspector Carl Edson heads up the disturbing investigation, where strange incidents leads them closer and closer to the truth about Robert and the dark deeds in his childhood.
CHILD’S PLAY is Bo Svernström’s second book, a standalone sequel to his successful debut Victims, which has sold over 25,000 copies nationally, with a #1 spot on the Akademibokhandeln’s paperback bestseller list in 2018, with rights sold to 11 countries and counting.
Dutch: HarperCollins Holland
Norwegian: Cappelen Damm