BLACK SAILS (Svarta segel)

Rebecka E. Aldén

It’s a scorching hot July day when Annika and her colleague Nadia from the sea rescue station come across a sailboat drifting aimlessly in the middle of open water in the Stockholm archipelago. It’s immediately clear that something is not right, and they steer in closer to find out what’s happened. The boat is empty.

A few days earlier, Joanna and her brother Zach start their sailing vacation together. They haven’t seen each other in years when they finally reunite on their father’s old jewel. The sea lies calm as a mirror and the archipelago could not be more beautiful as the two of them weigh anchor. Joanna is carrying a heavy grief but is looking forward to the sense of freedom and tranquility the sea has always brought her. But nothing goes as planned, for under its calm surface hides a deeper evil.

Black Sails is a dense and evocative psychological thriller that takes place in one of Sweden’s most beautiful and beloved environments, the seductively beautiful Stockholm archipelago. It’s the first part in The Sea Rescue series, where we will follow a small, tight-knit group of Sea Rescue volunteers.

373 pages



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The Netherlands: Cargo
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Sweden: Romanus & Selling


“Rebecka E. Aldén takes her time building the atmosphere and relationships, and gradually it becomes increasingly creepy and uncomfortable…”
Dagens Nyheter /SWE

“Rebecka E. Aldén moves easily and freely between inner drama and thrilling action. Black Sails, as the book is suggestively called, are the first and perfectly beach compatible in the new series Sjöräddarna.”
MMagasin / SWE

“A slow sailing trip in the best Hitchcock spirit.”
Norra Skånes Tidningar / SWE

“If you want to get cold feet in the summer heat.”
Upsala Nya Tidning / SWE

“There is a strong sense of regret, darkness and discomfort that slowly but surely builds towards a surprising discharge, and the hot sickening summer weather underscores the mood perfectly.”
Skånska Dagbladet / SWE

“A Swedish page turner”
Damernas Värld / SWE

“Black Sails is a tight thriller that is impossible to put down and can make anyone think about going ashore. It’s also interesting about life at the sea rescue station and you get curious about the future for Annika and her colleagues.”
GöteborgsPosten / SWE

Summer reading for the the hammock.”
Expressen / SWE

Exciting marine life in the Stockholm archipelago.”

“A real mystery. Rebecka E. Aldén writes fluently in the text. The book is recommended for this summer’s ship car library! ”
Boating / SWE

“It is noticeable that Rebecka E. Aldén knows her sailing and is well acquainted with the area. It’s also a really exciting plot that goes back in time without feeling far-fetched. People have said that this is Rebecka’s best book to date and I am prepared to agree.”
Feministbiblioteket / SWE

Black Sails by Rebecka E. Aldén is an absolutely perfect summer mystery, it’s sea and sailing, an exciting resolution and characters that you want to get to know better. Ready for a continuation of the series!”
Ochdagarnagår.blogspot /SWE

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