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The Secret Life of Mr Roos

The Secret Life of Mr Roos

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2000s: A secluded hut in the middle of the woods. A double life that could be his downfall.

  • ISBN: 978-1509892235
  • Translator: Sarah Death
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

At fifty-nine years old, Valdemar Roos is tired of life. Working a job he hates, with a wife he barely talks to and two step-daughters he doesn’t get on with, he doesn’t have a lot to look forward to. Then, one day, a winning lottery ticket gives him an opportunity to start afresh.

Without telling a soul, he quits his job and buys a hut in the remote Swedish countryside. Every day he travels down to this man-made oasis, returning each evening to his unsuspecting wife. Life couldn’t be better, until a young woman arrives in paradise . . .

Anna Gambowska is a twenty-one-year-old recovering drug addict. On the run from the rehab centre she hated and an abusive relationship she can’t go back to, all Anna’s prayers are answered when she comes across a seemingly vacant hut in the Swedish woodland. But it’s not long before Anna’s ex discovers her location, and an incident occurs that will mar the lives of both Anna and Valdemar forever.

Inspector Barbarotti doesn’t take much interest when a woman reports her husband as missing. That is, until a dead body is found near the missing man’s newly-bought hut, and Mr Roos becomes the number one murder suspect .

Travel Guide

Hakan Nesser and the Swedish woods

The town of Kymlinge and Maardam do not exist but Kymlinge is around the area of Svarto as there’s a factory there in the novel and this is some 20kms north of Kymlinge.

There are plenty of woods and red and white wooden houses in and around Sweden and they’re very scenic but this is chilling:

“It wasn’t large. Just an insignificant cottage with stone-built foundations and a tiled roof. It looked  pretty much like all the other cottages in the country. The wood was painted the traditional red ochre, with white corner, rather knocked and scuffed in places…..”

” On three sides of the house and beyond the field, it was all forest”

Sounds nice at first, but then this is Hakan Nesser territory…..


BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Secret Life of Mr Roos

Destination: Sweden   Author/guide: Håkan Nesser Departure Time: 2000s

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