Dark HorseGertrud Hellbrand
An atmospheric new crime series written by a master storyteller, DARK HORSE takes the reader into the heart of the deceptively tranquil Swedish countryside, where what you see might not be what you get.
When Mira Westman’s grandfather is found dead in his country cottage she decides to return to Hedsbro, the village where she grew up, to sort out his affairs. Everything indicates that her grandfather fell and hit his head while drunk and the police are satisfied it was an accident. But, when Mira’s cousin Ville disappears without a trace from his job at the neighbouring horse farm, Mira begins to suspect that the sudden death of her grandfather was perhaps not as innocent as it looks.
The picturesque landscape of rolling pastures and fields are in bloom in the spring sunshine, but under the beautiful surface secrets linger and darkness looms. Mira left Hedsbro as a teenager after a horrific incident that still haunts her, making her even more determined to find out what has happened to her family. Who may have wanted to see her grandfather dead? Are her grandfather’s neighbours, equestrians Jerry and Patrik Hartley Lindskog, involved in the disappearance of Ville? Can Mira still trust her teenage love Adam, whose little brother has turned into the village terror? Facing her past, Mira must ask herself how far she is willing to go to protect the ones she loves.
DARK HORSE is the first book in the ‘Dominion series’ by critically acclaimed Gertrud Hellbrand, and her first crime novel. The book is equal parts twisty murder mystery and dark tale about family ties, love, betrayal, and jealousy. The second book in the series will be published in 2022.