Review: Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson


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MacLehose – Quercus, 2011. Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson. Original title: Till dess din vrede upphör, 2008. 326 pages. ISBN: 978-0-85705-073-1.

The story tells the disappearance of Wilma Persson and Simon Kyrö, a young couple who went diving one day and they never returned. Six months later Wilma’s body is found in the River Torne. But the water in her lungs has entirely different algae and micro-organic flora from the water of the river. She didn’t die in the river. Why was her body moved? Soon District prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson and inspector  Anna-Maria Mella are in charge of the investigation.  Their request for help is rewarded when Göran Sillfors calls. When he saw them he was told they were taking depth soundings for the Meteorological and Hydrological Institute in Lake Vittangijärvi. However, Wilma and Simon have never done any work for M.H.I.  What were they really doing there?

The events are told by an omnipresent narrator who follows different characters in the story and, sometimes, they are narrated by the ghost of Wilma. Thus, the reader is always ahead of the investigation. This allows to build an intricate plot that gradually unfolds until the mystery is solved. Although the main storyline is pretty much straightforward, there are references to different back stories. The reader’s attention is also kept by some unexpected twists and turns. The supernatural appearance of Wilma’s ghost fits perfectly well into the plot and does not bother at all to the credibility of the case. The reader will also follow closely the life of Rebecka and Anna-Maria. The different relationships between characters play a substantial role in the book.

Until Thy Wrath Be Past is the fourth book in the series featuring Rebecka Martinsson and Anna-Maria Mella, and has been included this year in theCWA International Dagger shortlist. For my taste this is possibly the best Asa Larsson book I’ve read so far. A fascinating book that allows many different readings and reflections. You can see my review of two of her previous novels HERE and HERE.

By the way in Sweden farmor is my father’s mother and farfar is my father’s father; mormor is my mother’s mother and morfar is my mother’s father.

My rating 5/5.

Until Thy Wrath Be Past has been reviewed by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, Bernadette at Reactions to Reading, Maxine at Euro Crime, Norman at Crime Scraps Review, Keishon at Yet Another Crime Fiction Blog, Kimbofo at Reading Matters, Barbara at Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Michael Carlson at Irresistible Targets, and also at Nordic Bookblog, among others.

You can read more about Åsa Larsson books HERE.

MacLehose – Quercus

Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson (in English with Spanish subtitles).

Cuando pase tu ira de Åsa Larsson

La historia narra la desaparición de Wilma Persson y Simon Kyrö, una joven pareja que se marchó a bucear un día y nunca jamás regresó. Seis meses más tarde el cuerpo de Wilma es encontrado en el río Torne. Pero el agua de sus pulmones tiene flora micro-orgánica y algas totalmente diferentes a las aguas del río. Ella no murió en el río. ¿Por qué se trasladó su cuerpo? Pronto el fiscal del Distrito Rebecka Martinsson y la inspectora Anna-Maria Mella se encuentran a cargo de la investigación. Su solicitud de ayuda se ve recompensada cuando Göran Sillfors llama. Cuando los vio le dijeron que estaban haciendo sondeos de profundidad para el Instituto de Meteorología e Hidrología en el lago Vittangijärvi. Sin embargo, Wilma y Simon nunca han hecho ningún trabajo para el IMH. ¿Qué estaban haciendo realmente ahí?

Los hechos estan contadas por un narrador omnipresente que sigue a distintos personajes de la historia y, a veces, están narrados por el fantasma de Wilma. De este modo, el lector va siempre por delante de la investigación. Esto permite la construcción de una intrincada trama que poco a poco se desarrolla hasta que se resuelve el misterio. Aunque la historia principal es bastante sencilla, hay referencias a diferentes historias pasadas. La atención del lector se mantiene también por algunos giros inesperados. La aparición sobrenatural del fantasma de Wilma encaja perfectamente en la trama y no molesta en absoluto a la credibilidad del caso. El lector también seguirá de cerca la vida de Rebecka y Anna-Maria. Las diferentes relaciones entre los personajes juegan un papel importante en el libro.

Cuando pase tu ira es el cuarto libro de la serie protagonizada por Rebecka Martinsson, y Anna-Maria Mella, y está incluida este año entre los finalistas al Premio International Dagger que otorga la Asociación Inglesa de Escritores de Novela de Crimen y Misterio (CWA). Para mi gusto este es, posiblemente, el mejor de los libros de Åsa Larsson que he leído hasta la fecha. Un libro fascinante que permite muchas y variadas lecturas y reflexiones. Pueden ver mi reseña de dos de sus novelas anteriores AQUÍ y AQUÍ.

Por cierto, en Suecia farmor es la madre de mi padre (fathermother) y farfar es el padre de mi padre (fatherfather); mormor es la madre de mi madre (mothermother) y morfar es el padre de mi madre (motherfather).

Mi valoración 5/5.

8 thoughts on “Review: Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson

  1. José Ignacio – Oh, I’m very glad you enjoyed this novel. I agree with you that the supernatural aspect of Wilma’s ghost did not detract from the credibility of the story and I am a person who generally is not a fan of the paranormal. It has to be done very very effectively and I think it is here. I also find the connection between past and present very interesting here. Now I am just waiting eagerly for the next in this series to be released. 😉

  2. Jose Ignacio: I just completed the first in the series, Sunstorm, in Canada and enjoyed the book. I can see there are more in the series to look forward to reading.

  3. Agreed with the comments above – this book has divided readers somewhat because of the supernatural elements (which are hinted at, also, in the previous three, but in different ways each time). However, for me these did not spoil the book which I found excellent, both because of Rebecka’s development as a character, and the story itself, which was an unusual crime plot. The history was also well-done.
    I am glad Bill read the first book as Sun Storm (which I did, too), a much better title, I think, than the UK version which is The Savage Altar.

    1. Thank you Maxine. I was particularly impressed by the amount of different readings and interpretations that one can find in this book even if it seems quite simple in the surface.

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