Hold Your Breath
Hold Your BreathFlora Wiström
In “Hold Your Breath” we meet the siblings Mina, Daria and Sam, during the first summer after Mina’s graduation. Mina’s friends have turned their backs on her, and her big sister Daria is always busy with her competitive swimming. Daria is a star, speeding through the water like a flash of lightning.
But one day Daria disappears. Her wardrobe is empty, her passport is gone, and Mina can only reach her voicemail. Where did she go, and why? Mina gets more and more worried, and heads to the public pool to find answers.
There, she finds the changing room where Cissi cleans the hair from the floor drains, the hot tin roof where the employees smoke weed, and the gym where Sam works over the summer. There is the tool shed where you can have sex pressed against squeaky floaties, and pools to let yourself sink deep down.
Mina spends the first two week of the summer at the pool, slowly realizing that Darias kept lots of secrets.
In her second novel Flora Wiström skillfully explores bodies, sexual power, performance-related pressure and relations between siblings.