Vega Gillberg is 16 years old when the police come knocking on the door looking for her older brother, Jakob.
Vega hasn't heard from him in days, but she has to find him before the police do. Jakob was involved in a terrible crime. What no one knows is that Vega was there, too.
In the rural Swedish community where the Gillbergs live, life is tough, the people are even tougher, and old feuds never die. As Vega sets out to find her brother, she must survive a series of threatening encounters in a deadly landscape. As if that wasn't enough, she's dealing with the longing she feels for a boy that she has sworn to forget, and the mixed-up feelings she has for her brother's best friend.
During a damp, raw week in October, the door to the adult world swings open, and Vega realises that once she has crossed the threshold there is no turning back.
This is the most grown up young adult book I have ever read.
The themes are serious and the writing is loaded with something between restlessness and fear that just permiates through to the reader. The eeriness I feel is how I picture the town and helps to set the tone for the story.
Vega is the hero, a gritty 16 year old girl. She is tough, brave, at times stupid and a risk taker. She is on school break and we follow Vega as she tries to find her missing brother, Jakob, and get intwined with the mystery in her little town.
My favourite parts of the book were the search of the old house with her fading yellow light. I was gripped as she searched the house hoping everything would be ok. My other faviourite was how the author depicts the forest all around. I never want to get lost there, EVER!
Even with everyone asking Vega if she is alone. I was worried for her even if she wasn't.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it way too fast. I can't say that I would recommend it to anyone under 17-18 years of age even if Vega herself is 16. With guns, murder, language, drinking, smoking, sex and sexual violence it's not one for young, young adults but a MUST for older young adults and adults in general who enjoy great, well written young adult fiction.
I look forward to reading more. Let me know what you think too.