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Rites of Spring

(2021)
(The second book in the Seasons Quartet series)
A novel by

 
 
The first thrilling standalone crime novel from the international number one bestseller and Sweden's answer to Val McDermid, Anders de la Motte.

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Enthralling...De la Motte juxtaposes the horrors of war with age-old superstitions to superb effect' Joan Smith, Sunday Times

Southern Sweden: Beautiful countryside, endless forests, coastal walks, dark days - and even darker nights. But beneath the beauty lies a dark heart . . .

Skåne, 1986: On the night of Walpurgis, the eve of May Day, where bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits and preparations are made to celebrate the renewal of spring, a sixteen-year-old girl is ritualistically murdered in the woods beside a castle. Her stepbrother is convicted of the terrible deed and shortly after, the entire family vanishes without a trace.

Spring, 2019: Dr Thea Lind moves into the castle. After making a strange discovery in an ancient oak tree on the grounds, her fascination with the old tragedy deepens. As she uncovers more and more similarities between her own troubled past and the murdered girl, she begins to believe that the real truth of the killing was never uncovered.

What if the spring of 1986 claimed more than one victim?

'A
mesmerising amalgam of creepy folklore, festering secrets, dark truths and a damp and mouldering Scandinavian landscape rendered so dark and brooding that is becomes a principal player in this slow-burn, addictive tale' Lancashire Evening Post

Genre: Mystery

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April 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rites of Spring: Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month (Seasons Quartet)
Author(s): Anders de la Motte
ISBN: 1-78576-948-0 / 978-1-78576-948-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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April 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Rites of Spring
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April 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Rites of Spring
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Title: Rites of Spring
Author(s): Anders de la Motte
Publisher: Zaffre
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Kindle Editions

April 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rites of Spring: Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month (Seasons Quartet)
Author(s): Anders de la Motte
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU