Blackwater: A Novel

Blackwater: A Novel


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Blackwater 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ekman's Blackwater is possessive. It grabs you and you can't put it down. It's dark and gritty - peppered with angry scenes of violence and meaningless, lust driven sex. Like a maze with many twisting passages Blackwater has a community of dark stories to tell. Each tale is tangled with another and at the center, common to all, is a double murder. While everyone knows about it and is touched by it, no one can solve it for twenty years.In the beginning Annie Raft follows a lover to Blackwater to his out-of-the-way commune. On her first day in town Annie stumbles across the murdered bodies of two tourists camping in the backwoods of Blackwater. For twenty years she is haunted by the face of the man she thinks did it until one day that face comes back in the form of her daughter's newest boyfriend. The mystery, along with a whole host of secrets, start to unravel.The landscape is such an important element in the novel I would have enjoyed a map, something that illustrates Annie getting lost in the forest, how far away from town the commune was, where the well was that Johan was tossed into in relation to where the murders took place, etc.
RidgewayGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman is a crime novel by a Swedish author, but it's much more than just another dark Scandinavian mystery. The novel centers around a double murder, following the lives of three people affected by the event; the young woman who stumbles across the bodies, a doctor whose wife is in the area at the time, and a teenage boy who runs away the night of the killings. For much of the novel, as the characters go about living their lives, the murders are almost forgotten. Ekman explores the themes of solitude and loneliness, how you can live with someone and still be a stranger to them, environmental destruction and the uncomfortable tension between a nostalgia for days gone by and the harsh reality of life in the middle of Sweden in the past. The writing is beautiful with lovely descriptions of a part of Sweden between Ostersund and Norway, where nature is lush and fragile, the people hardy but closed to outsiders. The mystery is solved in the end, in a satisfying way. A book well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's transition from past to present, and the he, she, and I's make it very difficult to follow.  It is also very difficult to connect to any characters.  If I wasn't reading for a book club, I would not have continued reading it.  And, I admit, would have missed out on the rest of the story.  It is a very bleak story.  It gets easier to figure out about page 150, after 1 confusing chapter about the doctor.  Then about page 300, the story gets good, and things start to make sense, and then I had to finish to see if the newest murder was connected to the original lakeside murders.  Also, wanted to see if they finally tie a murderer into the story.  It does eventually wind up the story, but very late in the game.  I would not recommend it if you aren't reading it.  However, that being said, if you are already reading,  I recommend finishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a dreary book that surely lost a lot when it was changed into English. I'm halfway thru and want to just stop but I want to find out just what the purpose of this book is. Very confusing about past and present. Would definitely NOT recommend.
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