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Author: Camilla Grebe Narrator: Justine Eyre, Katharine Lee McEwan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781524703431
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Acclaimed Swedish author Camilla Grebe makes her solo American debut with a psychological thriller as cunning in its twists as it is captivating in its storytelling—for fans of the celebrated crime fiction of Camilla Läckberg, Jo Nesbø, Ruth Ware, and Fiona Barton.

Winter’s chill has descended on Stockholm as police arrive at the scene of a shocking murder. An unidentified woman lies beheaded in a posh suburban home—a brutal crime made all the more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. But this time there’s a suspect: the charismatic and controversial chain-store CEO Jesper Orre, who owns the home but is nowhere to be found.

To homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson, nothing about the suave, high-profile businessman—including a playboy reputation and rumors of financial misdeeds—suggests he conceals the dark heart and twisted mind of a cold-blooded killer. In search of a motive, Lindgren and Olsson turn to the brilliant criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. Once a valued police asset, now marooned in unhappy retirement and a crumbling marriage, she’s eager to exercise her keen skills again—and offer the detectives a window into the secret soul of Jesper Orre.

But they’re not the only ones searching. Two months before, Emma Bohman, a young clerk at Orre’s company, chanced to meet the charming chief executive, and romance swiftly bloomed. Almost as quickly as the passionate affair ignited, it was over when Orre inexplicably disappeared. One staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that her runaway lover was to blame and transforming her confusion and heartbreak into anger.

Now, pursuing the same mysterious man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong.

Praise for The Ice Beneath Her


Exceptional.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Impressive . . . a tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Ice Beneath Her deserves to be called a page-turner—I read it in one sitting! The narrative is fast-paced and the twists superb.”—Cecilia Ekbäck, bestselling author of Wolf Winter Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] tale of three troubled souls linked by a horrific crime…Each of these stories—Peter’s, Hanne’s, and Emma’s—is compelling enough to fuel an entire novel; Grebe’s skill in weaving them together is impressive. A tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Exceptional. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Impressive . . . a tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • The Ice Beneath Her deserves to be called a page-turner—I read it in one sitting! The narrative is fast-paced and the twists superb. Cecilia Ekbäck, bestselling author of Wolf Winter
  • Slowly and subtly, Camilla Grebe lets The Ice Beneath Her unfold into a multilayered, psychologically nuanced murder mystery in which the truth, rather than drawing nearer, keeps slipping further and further away—until it strikes with full force. Arne Dahl, bestselling author of Misterioso
  • Tense, gripping, and utterly unpredictable . . . Camilla Grebe is an extraordinarily gifted writer and a master of suspense. Kristina Ohlsson, bestselling author of Unwanted
  • “[In] Grebe’s exceptional solo debut…bone-rattling self-revelations are redeemed at last by human love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this first solo novel from Swedish author Grebe…the police and a consultant seeking the truth occupy center stage…Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction, and crime fiction generally, will enjoy the understated, angsty drama created by Grebe.”

    Booklist

  • “A multilayered, psychologically nuanced murder mystery in which the truth, rather than drawing nearer, keeps slipping further and further away—until it strikes with full force.”

    Arne Dahl, author of Misterioso

  • “A trio of narrators gives voice to Grebe’s psychological thriller, told from alternating points of view. John Lee, portraying the the Swedish police detective Peter, brings out the internal conflict of his character while highlighting his unlikable cowardice. Justine Eyre portrays the police department’s profiler, Hanne. Eyre delivers Hanne’s struggle with early-onset dementia well, but ultimately her character comes across as whiny and consumed with self-pity, making her less believable as a respected professional—and…Katharine McEwan’s portrayal of Emma, the poor shop girl who is wronged by her wealthy boyfriend…single-handedly delivers the chills, and her performance makes this worth a listen.”

    AudioFile

  • “Riveting. Chilling. Tense. Masterful. Grebe’s angst-ridden thriller may be a bit slow at the offset, but the deeper the story progresses, the more impossible it becomes to tear one’s attention away. Three first-person POVs and varying timelines sound intimidating, but Grebe handles the narration with depth and skill, enhancing the suspense. The characters are all compelling, even if some are not especially likable. Readers’ minds will be fully engaged in discovering the truth, even as it seems to get further out of reach. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction and unreliable narrators will find much to love in this debut.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017

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About the Author

Camilla Grebe is an entrepreneur and a former publisher and CEO. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

About the Narrators

Katharine McEwan is an English-born actress and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her theater credits include Private Lives at Long Beach Playhouse, The Verdi Girls at Laguna Playhouse, Night Mother at Stage Lee Strasberg, and Hamlet at the Next Stage. She has also appeared in numerous independent and Hollywood films.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated many audiobooks, earning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.