The Missing by Caroline Eriksson

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Caroline Eriksson is a Swedish author born in 1976. Her last book, The Missing, a psychological suspense thriller, was published in English in 2017 (initially under the title of De Försvunna in Swedish, then Die Vermissten in German) and was sold to 25 countries. She holds a master’s degree in social psychology. Her debut novel, The Devil Helped Me, was nominated for Stora Ljudbokspriset (the Big Audiobook Prize) in 2014.

Caroline Eriksson has lived all over the world. She attended high school in Quantico, Virginia; studied at the University of Adelaide in Australia; and now lives in Stockholm (Sweden).

She worked for more than ten years in human-resource management before deciding to pursue writing, her childhood dream.

Although she denies being a daredevil, she admits that she once threw herself off a mountain in New Zealand in a hang-gliding experiment. Her greatest adventure today is raising her two children, and she satisfies any residual wanderlust by exploring the most terrifying parts of life—its dark psychological elements—in her writing.

The Missing is her first psychological suspense thriller. It was translated into English by Tiina Nunnally and published in January 2017. Caroline is already hard at work on her next novel.


An ordinary outing takes Greta, Alex, and four-year-old Smilla across Sweden’s mythical Lake Malice to a tiny, isolated island. While father and daughter tramp into the trees, Greta stays behind in the boat, lulled into a reverie by the misty, moody lake…only later to discover that the two haven’t returned. Her frantic search proves futile. They’ve disappeared without a trace.

Greta struggles to understand their eerie vanishing. She desperately needs to call Alex, to be reassured that Smilla is safe, or contact the police. But now her cell phone is missing too. Back at her cottage, she finds it hidden away under the bedsheets. Had she done that? Or had someone else been in the cottage? But who, and why? As Greta struggles to put the pieces together, she fears that her past has come back to torment her, or she’s finally lost her grip on reality…

In this dark psychological thrill ride—with more twists than a labyrinth and more breathless moments than a roller coaster—Greta must confront what she’s always kept hidden if she has any hope of untangling the truth.

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  1. The missing is a page-turner, one of the best books I ever read! With many secrets, many questions, and a lot of suspense, all the ingredients of a great story! I loved this book!

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