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  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780099583684
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $26.00

The Crow Girl

The most terrifying thriller you'll read this year

The international thriller sensation

It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are discovered, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

With her career on the line, Kihlberg turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they expose a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?

'A compulsive page-turner'
Sunday Express

'Compelling... we are left gasping for breath'
Daily Mail
'There's a fantastic twist... the pace of its revelations is relentless'

  • Pub date: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780099583684
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Erik Axl Sund

Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym for two authors who have been friends and collaborators for years: Jerker Erikson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. Håkan was a sound engineer, musician and artist, while Jerker was a music producer and worked as a librarian in a prison. Both live in Sweden where they are now full-time writers, and also run an art gallery together.

Originally written as a trilogy before being re-worked for the English language markets The Crow Girl is their first book. The complete trilogy received the 'Special Award' from the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers in 2012, with the academy highlighting the trilogy's "hypnotically captivating psychoanalysis in crime fiction form."

Praise for The Crow Girl

“Compelling... we are left gasping for breath”

Daily Mail

“A compulsive page-turner... ridiculously entertaining”

Sunday Express

“There's a fantastic twist... the pace of its revelations [is] relentless”

Observer, Thriller of the Month

“Dark, powerful, disturbing”

The Times

“The best crime novel of the year so far”


“A breakneck journey through a plot of labyrinthine complexity... Sund boldly places dissociative identity disorder…at the heart of this extremely disturbing novel.”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“A dark and brutal read that addresses violence perpetuated by women. Snappy writing makes this a page-turning thriller”


“Creepy is elevated to an art form in this tale of dysfunctional characters, peppered with paedophilia, guilt, pain, powerlessness, denial and betrayal... The subject matter makes for harrowing reading at times, but skilfully escalating suspense keeps you hooked all the way”

Irish News

“A pulse-pounding thriller that manages to linger on character depth and puts an emphasis on supporting characters that are usually given short shrift. With its heady mix of graphic violence, noirish thrills and social commentary, the book is a must-read for Scandinavian crime fiction enthusiasts….a huge book and a landmark achievement”


“Tipped to make a killing”


“Exerts an inexorable grip”

Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

“This is addictive, intelligent entertainment of the highest order... It is an astonishingly stringent, well executed and actually almost without exception breathlessly suspenseful psychological thriller bar none”

Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

“Impressive and terrifying”

Crimezone, Netherlands

“Insanely creepy psycho-thriller that places the thin veneer of normality under the microscope.”

Elle, Denmark

“The Crow Girl is a psychological thriller that will take you to the darkest corners of human insanity”

Paperblog.com, Italy

“First-class thriller for readers with nerves of steel”

Flesh Gwiazdy & Styl, Poland

“What an outstanding debut… A must-read for any fan of Scandinavian crime fiction.”

Crime Fiction Lover, Book of the Year

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