Gotland is experiencing a record heat wave which lasts long into September. But it’s not the smothering heat that’s keeping Jenny Lundgren awake at night, but the frightening images from stubbornly repeating nightmares which are forcing her to take dramatic action: to report her father to the police – for murder.

One week later, two snorkeling boys discover a macabre sight in a water-filled chalk quarry in Northern Gotland:  the corpse of a diver just a few feet below the water’s surface. These two events are the start of a trip back in time, one that resurrects more horrible memories than it keeps.

380 pages

Rights sold

The Czech Republic: Baronet a.s
The Netherlands: Lantaarn Publishers, Lind & Co (audio)
Norway: Cappelen Damm
Poland: Wydawnictwo Jaguar, Storytel
Sweden: Ordfront Förlag


“Amazingly well written crime. Håkan Östlundh handles his complicated intrigue like a true master.”
Dagens Nyheter / SWE

“The reader feels right in the middle of the action all through its 380 pages.”
Eskilstuna-Kuriren / SWE

“Striking intrigue which keeps the reader in constant tension.”
Nerikes Allehanda / SWE

“This is an extremely discomforting story and Håkan Östlundh is an extremely skilled writer.”
SVT Gomorron Sverige / SWE

The Diver is a book you can’t put down. It draws you into questions about our memories and our subconscious and what difficult trauma can to us and our relationships.”
Skånska Dagbladet / SWE

“Östlundh’s text is made for the movies. It has strong detail in character development, environment and its dialogue constantly drives events forward.”
Helsingborgs Dagblad / SWE

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