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The Seven Doors
The Seven Doors

The Seven Doors

Translated by Rosie Hedger, By Agnes Ravatn

FICTION

276 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: April 2021

ISBN 9781913193386

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Apr 2021)

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Overview

When the tenant of a house that university professor Nina owns with her doctor husband goes missing after an uncomfortable visit, Nina starts her own investigation . . . with deeply disturbing results

When the tenant of a house that university professor Nina owns with her doctor husband goes missing after an uncomfortable visit, Nina starts her own investigation … with deeply disturbing results. The long-awaited new thriller from the bestselling author of The Bird Tribunal. ***The Times Book of the Month*** ****NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER IN NORWAY**** ***WINNER of the Norwegian Booksellers' Award*** 'A clever, quirky mystery, full of twists and reminiscent of Agatha Christie at her best' The Times 'Ravatn, one of Norway's premier crime writers, manages to conjure up an extra level of chilling atmosphere that will make you want to put the heating on … The Seven Doors packs a brutal punch' The Sun 'Wrenching and tense, a psychological chiller with multiple layers unpeeling graciously to reveal further strata of emotional bleakness and enigmas … this tightly wound thriller echoes through increasing levels of anxiety and grief to fill a week of sleepless nights' Maxim Jakubowski, CrimeTime _________________ University professor Nina is at a turning point. Her work seems increasingly irrelevant, her doctor husband is never home, relations with her difficult daughter are strained, and their beautiful house is scheduled for demolition. When her daughter decides to move into another house they own, things take a very dark turn. The young woman living there disappears, leaving her son behind, the day after Nina and her daughter pay her a visit. With few clues, the police enquiry soon grinds to a halt, but Nina has an inexplicable sense of guilt. Unable to rest, she begins her own investigation, but as she pulls on the threads of the case, it seems her discoveries may have very grave consequences for her and her family. Exquisitely dark and immensely powerful, The Seven Doors is a sophisticated and deeply disturbing psychological thriller from one of Norway's most distinguished voices. _________________Praise for Agnes Ravatn 'An unrelenting atmosphere of doom fails to prepare readers for the surprising resolution' Publishers Weekly 'Unfolds in an austere style that perfectly captures the bleakly beautiful landscape of Norway's far north' Irish Times 'Reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith – and I can't offer higher praise than that – Agnes Ravatn is an author to watch' Philip Ardagh 'A tense and riveting read' Financial Times 'Crackling, fraught and hugely compulsive slice of Nordic Noir … tremendously impressive' Big Issue 'Beautifully done … dark, psychologically tense and packed full of emotion both overt or deliberately disguised' Raven Crime Reads 'Intriguing … enrapturing' Sarah Hilary 

Reviews

"This is Ravatn's first book in this genre, and as a psychological thriller it certainly does the job. In all, a tense and riveting read!" —Barry Forshaw, author, The Man Who Left Too Soon

"Intriguing . . . enrapturing." —Sarah Hilary, author, Someone Else's Skin

"An unrelenting atmosphere of doom fails to prepare readers for the surprising resolution that engulfs this flawed pair." —Publishers Weekly

"This really reminds me of Patricia Highsmith's work, and I can't offer much higher praise than that." —Philip Ardagh, author, Dreadful Acts

"The Bird Tribunal is a chilly psychological thriller / domestic noir that unfolds in an austere style that perfectly captures the bleakly beautiful landscape of Norway's far north." —Irish Times

"an understated thriller whose bleak twists are surprising." —Foreword Reviews

"[An] elegantly plotted and economically executed tale of illicit passion…inexorable fate drives this searing modern take on ancient Greek tragedy." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Author Biography

Rosie Hedger was born in Scotland and completed her MA (Hons) in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has lived and worked in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and now lives in York where she works as a freelance translator. Rosie was a candidate in the British Centre for Literary Translation's mentoring scheme for Norwegian in 2012, mentored by Don Bartlett. Agnes Ravatn is an author and columnist. She made her literary debut with the novel Week 53 (Veke 53) in 2007. Since then she has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections: Standing Still (Stillstand), Popular Reading (Folkelesnad), and Operation Self- Discipline (Operasjon sjøldisiplin). In these works Ravatn shows her unique, witty voice and sharp eye for human fallibility. Her second novel, The Bird Tribunal (Fugletribuanlet), was an international bestseller, winning an English PEN Award, shortlisting for the Dublin Literary Award, a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and a BBC Book at Bedtime. It was also made into a successful play, which premiered in Oslo in 2015. Agnes lives with her family in the Norwegian countryside.