Alva is a sad and lonely child. With her father locked up in prison, she moves with her mother and two older sisters to an apartment building in town. She does not like her new home. Her room is small and her sisters continue to exclude Alva from their games.
Soon a bizarre murder takes place in the building. A husband discovers his wife dead in the hall of their apartment, two weeks after she disappeared from their home.
Where had the body been hidden for two weeks? And how could the perpetrator get in and out of the apartment?
As more disturbing things start to take place, Alva is drawn into a sick and twisted game by a killer who is hiding in plain sight. But Alva is just a child and has no idea just how deadly her new friend might be…
The Man in the Wall is a thrilling and stylish Scandinavian thriller.
I have to say I absolutely loved the look and sound of this book. The cover promises something dark and it certainly was.
The two main characters are W and Alva. Alva is an adorable but sad and lonely child. She misses her dad terribly even though she doesn’t actually know what he’s done (or the reader for that matter) and she is angry and resents her mum for the changes in her life. I wanted to reach out and give her a big cuddle. She also misses her dead grandma and feels she has no one to talk to.
W is such a strange character. If I’m honest, I’m not sure whether I was supposed to like him or not, but I did. He lives with in the walls of the apartment building and is extremely lonely and desperate for company but he worries that people wouldn’t understand him and see him as some sort of freak.
Over all I absolutely loved this book. The author grabbed me with the intriguing story line and appealing characters. I personally would have liked more background to W as there wasn’t as much as I would have liked and the ending didn’t quite complete the story for me. I think there is definitely more scope for another book of which I sincerely hope there is.
The Man In The Wall is an enthralling read that you won’t want to put down. A great debut from a very promising author.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced reader copy of the book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Man In The Wall is available to purchase from Amazon.
Emma Ångström is an author and architect. She has a Master’s degree in architecture from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm and from Parsons in New York. Besides her writing she currently works as head of communications at an architectural firm in Stockholm, Sweden.
She was born in 1982 in Västerås, Sweden, and started her writing career as a journalist at the age of 17. Since then, she has also worked as a lighting designer, and written non-fiction books about lighting design and architecture.
Ångström made her debut in 2009 with the novel AND ALL IS DISTORTED (Och allt är förvridet). In 2016 THE MAN IN THE WALL was released, a remarkable and nerve-wracking thriller with a ”monster” it is hard not to feel certain sympathy with. Condensed writing shaping characters of real flesh and blood, a steady hand’s brushwork forming each piece of the portrait’s originality to a whole, stylistically assured.