I’m on the blog tour for Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp today. I’ve got a great guest post from Emelie and I’ll also be sharing my review with you all too! First though, here’s the all-important bookish info!
About the author:
EMELIE SCHEPP is an international bestselling Nordic crime author with Marked for Lifepublished in 29 countries. From a background in marketing, publicity and project management Emelie was last year awarded Crime Writer of the Year 2016 as voted by Swedish readers, and won The Specsavers Readers’ Choice Award. She lives with her husband and two children in Sweden.
Emelie Schepp’s Marked for Life is out 6th July (HQ, £7.99)
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About the book:
In Lindö, on the Swedish coast, a man has been found brutally murdered in his own home.
The victim, Hans Juhlén, had no shortage of enemies. But the case stalls when a child’s handprint is found inches from where the dead man fell.
Hans Juhlén had no children.
Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius has perfected the art of maintaining a professional distance from her cases. But when the body of a small boy is found – and with him, the weapon that killed Juhlén – Jana’s impenetrability is tested to its limits.
The small body is a bleak reminder that Jana has her own secrets to hide. And if she is to keep them safe, she must find the perpetrator behind these crimes…before the police do.
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Who and how have you been influenced in terms of Nordic authors, and why or how do you think it has gained popularity over the years?
I read a lot and I always prefer reading crime. I really enjoy books by Jo Nesbö, Lars Kepler and Jussi Adler-Olsen.
As many other Nordic crime authors my books are a mirror of the world and society I live in. Swedish crime fiction often explores very dark themes and is often greatly concerned with social issues and the problems of living here. And I do think that my books fit into this tradition. Readers obviously feel a fascination with our country, our winter darkness, cold weather, and isolated landscapes.
I am aware that readers in other countries have a romantic idea of Sweden, as the best place to live in, and I think it can be quite shocking to learn about Sweden as a society where extreme violence, corruption, murder and horribly damaged police or detectives actually exist. The popularity of the Nordic crime novels comes not only from the day-to-day work of police procedure but also from the everyday life when of officers off duty. On one page, you can read about an officer at a crime scene investigation and on the other page you can read about the same character folding laundry.
My motivation as a writer is to try and understand why people turn to crime and what’s motivating them. I do believe our personalities are formed in a complex interaction between genes, environment, and the society we are brought up in. My stories are based on real life-events, but I always add some fiction to them.
When I started writing MARKED FOR LIFE I knew that I wanted to write about a woman that was forced by others to be someone she wasn’t born to be.
Marked For Life is the first book in a trilogy featuring public prosecutor Jana Berzelius. The head of the Migration Board has been found dead in his home. With o shortage of suspects, the last thing the investigators expected to find was a child’s fingerprint, especially as the deceased doesn’t have any children.
Berzelius is brought in on the case, and the normally calm and cold prosecutor is left reeling when a young boy is found dead a few days after the first murder. Dredging up memories long forgotten, Berzelius is dragged into an investigation for more dangerous and close to home than she was expecting.
Marked For Life is an interesting start to this trilogy. It introduces the reader to Jana, but it also sets the scene for a much larger story. In Marked For Life, they deal with the horrendous subject of human trafficking, and the repercussions of the investigation are numerous and far-reaching.
I really enjoyed Marked For Life. I do love books that are set in Scandinavian countries. This one has a great storyline, interesting characters and it kept my attention while I was reading. It also leaves the door open for the next book in the series. I am looking forward to seeing where the author goes with it.
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