Terese from Sweden wakes up at dawn on a beach in southern Spain. As she stumbles down to the water she steps on the dead body of an African man. Under the cover of night a woman sneaks onto land in the neighbouring harbour. She was smuggled across the sea and has been saved from the waves. Her name is Mary, but not for much longer.
In New York, Ally is trying to get hold of her husband who is a well known freelance journalist. He is in Paris writing about human trafficking and slavery. Ally faces her fear of enclosed spaces and boards a plane across the Atlantic to find him. This takes her on a journey through the deepest dark of Europe, and into a confrontation with her own past.
The forgotten dead is a black thriller about three women and three lives undergoing brutal change. Three paths will cross; leading beyond the influence of any law, where evil holds sway behind beautiful facades.
The story takes place in five countries and in the borderland of different worlds. Although this is fiction, a lot of what takes place in the book has happened in real life. Yesterday, today – and probably tomorrow as well.
Women on the beach are published in ten countries.
Film rights are sold to Dansk Film Kompagni.
”Alsterdal is a gift to crime novel lovers.”
”Women On The Beach i s the most beautiful lovestory, the scariest thrilller and the most trustworthy description of modern society I have read in a very long time.Tove Alsterdal holds top class.”
”The best crime novel of the year. Sorry Lars Kepler, that’s just how it is.”
” She is in the same league as Dan Brown and John Grisham in terms of her craftsmanship.”
” Women On The Beach is a shaking and well underbuilt thriller about modern slavery./…/She really knows how to write, Tove Alsterdal. And she knows her facts. The story is extremely well researched and despite the fictive costume it gives a cruel and vital description of the darkest alleys of Europe.”
”If you are only going to read one Swedish crime novel this summer, read Women On The Beach by Tove Alsterdal.”
6 stars out of 6, Berlingske Tidende/Denmark
”The Women on the Beach provides a credible glimpse into modern day slavery, breathing great commitment and a solid factual basis. Alsterdal also adds a surprising twist in the story that makes the reader aware of his or her own prejudices. ”
”A thrilling, insightful and very well written story.”
”High international standard./…/ ”I dearly hope that publishers (and readers) will realise the potential of Tove Alsterdal’s debut thriller Women on the beach”
”An ice cold thriller. /…/ … an unusal crime story with a nervous energy and a furious objectivity lifts the book high over the suspenseful intrigue.”
”I have never come across a Swedish author who writes with such drive that it feels as if one is reading one of the more renowned American authors in the thriller genre.”
”Tove Alsterdal’s thriller is one of this year’s most surprising debuts within the criminology genre./…/ Through the sensitivity with which Alsterdal treats her characters and environments, as well as the strength of the topic, and not in the least, her use of language, she manages to weave together both love and excitement and thus convinces.”
”This story contains everything needed to make a really good detective novel: the combination of a thrilling criminal story and a up-to-date description of modern society. Add to this perfectly drawn characters and that it is extremely well written.”
”Although the suspense is very well, this is not why you keep turning the pages. It is the very story and the characters that keeps you hooked.”
Uppsala Nya Tidning
”A fantastic debut.”