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COMPETITION – Karin Alvtegen’s Shadow

AVShadow Have you been having a grumpy time of year with all the snow?  Fancy a rather good Scandinavian psychological crime novel for some escapism?  Now’s your chance for a free copy because those nice folks at Canongate Books are offering five of Karin Alvtegen’s Shadow as it goes into a new format in paperback on 4 February in the UK.

I loved this book – you can read my comments here – and I recommended it to someone over Christmas and she loved it too.

A few rules apply:

  • This is open to residents in EU countries only.
  • Closing date is midnight (British time) on Sunday 24 Jan.
  • I will pick the winners and contact them for their full names and addresses in the following week.  These will be passed to Canongate for despatch of the books.
  • If you win and don’t respond by the same time on Sunday 31 Jan, I will offer the book to the next person.
  • Your method of leaving a comment below must include easy access to your email address (absence will mean your entry is overlooked).

What do you have to do?

  • Just tell me why you think you’d enjoy the novel in the comments.  The best five (in my opinion) will win.

Good luck!


15 comments on “COMPETITION – Karin Alvtegen’s Shadow

  1. tracey rollings
    January 19, 2010

    i love new authors and new concepts of books this book would entertain me for hours
    tracey1972 twitter

  2. Donna Barrie
    January 19, 2010

    Although i will read most genre of books my all time favourite will always be anything crime related. Detective, Private Eye, FBI or just normal everday people solving crime. I even love crime from the criminals point of view.
    My all time favourite is always going to be Ian Rankin’s John Rebus as i am From Edinburgh & love reading about my hometown. Oh & Canongate Books are here in Edinburgh too LOL.
    I am also always on the look out for new authors of crime to read & if i won this book it would be a great way to be introduced to new author of a fantastic genre.

  3. jo orr
    January 19, 2010

    Ohhh – have just read your review and my heart skipped a beat – I want to know more about why the boy was abandoned – perhaps it struck a chord with me as I was given away at 1 month old…and you always have questions about what a person was like to have done that and what pressures must have been on the mother…I need to know more!!!

  4. Cher Wilk
    January 19, 2010

    I would love the novel because I’m unemployed and haven’t got any money to buy books so I enter a number of competitions in the hope that I shall win them.

  5. Neil Colquhoun
    January 19, 2010

    Winning a copy of this book is a great way to be introduced to a new author. Once I find an author whom I like I will actively seek out all that they have written, scour their website or read the blurbs on the back of the book liking for more new stuff.
    It is always hard to take a chance on a new book from someone that you don’t know much about, therefore in this current climate, with money being tight, grabbing a book for free is a bonus.
    I am now going to see if the author has written any more books…!

  6. Sophsam01
    January 20, 2010

    I would like to read this book as I have read so many trashy, easy reading books lately it would make a good change to read something I could get my teeth into!
    FOllwoing on twitter sophsam01

  7. Pearl
    January 20, 2010

    Like Donna I’m fascinated by anything connected with crime solving, be it books or TV/Film so I think I would enjoy this book. And I like it when seemingly unrelated storylines are linked together in the course of a book.
    I would love to try this author. I am used to lighter reading of crime related novels but reading your review triggered my interest in this bleaker type novels. I also think this would fit in my Thriller/Suspense/Mystery reading challenge I am doing this year.
    mbarten72 (at) upcmail (dot) nl

  8. kay wilkinson
    January 20, 2010

    I’d love this book! I’ve been reading the Twilight series and my brain seems to have been swamped with vampires, blood and teen drama recently. I need something else to cleanse my reading palette! Drama, darkness and suspense. This sounds perfect!
    Thanks for the giveaway offer, :O)

  9. Justine
    January 20, 2010

    I love a good Scandinavian crime novel, and I love psychological crime too, so this sounds right up my street!
    Have been enjoying Branagh’s Wallander, though I hear that the Swedish version is superiour

  10. Susan Gardiner
    January 20, 2010

    As soon as I read the review I knew I wanted to read this book. I love crime books and it sounds like a good choice for my book club.

  11. seriouslykooky
    January 20, 2010

    I love thirrlers and crim novels and can read a book in one sitting if it grips me enough. I’m currently off work on long term sick with depression and trying to fill my time with as many books as possible.

  12. Maxine
    January 20, 2010

    I loved this book, and think Karin Altvegen is one of the very best crime fiction authors writing today. She is marvellous, when you look at the range of the four books of hers that are available in English. Shadow is a superb book and I can’t recommend it highly enough. (A modern Checkhov?)

  13. cfr
    January 20, 2010

    Thanks for the comment, Maxine. I have another of hers still in my TBR list.

  14. Maggie Mackenzie
    January 21, 2010

    Have been enjoying BBCs Wallender series love the slow pace, locations and intelligent plots. So i would like to read a new Scandinavian author, and, your review was very favourable. Thanks

  15. Jo Galloway
    January 22, 2010

    Well via a circuitous route from Twitter I have arrived to hear of Karin Alvtegen’s Shadow. I’d love to read it! Well maybe love is a strange word to use, but I would be intrigued to read it. Exploring how fame may have shaped this dysfunctional family and led a child to sit abandoned, sounds an intense and deep psychological read. I have my own personal experience of attachment issues so it is always interesting to read how an author approaches this complex subject. Not read anything from this author before so this sounds like a brill book to start with! Cheers!

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