Title: Some Kind of Peace
Author: Camilla Grebe & Asa Traff
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Free Press
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Siri Bergman is a psychologist who hasn’t quite recovered from her husband’s death. She’s still seeing patients, though, and copes with her grief through the numbing effects of alcohol. But when one of Siri’s patients is found dead on her property, a remote house on a lake outside of Stockholm, the police wonder what role Siri might have played in her death.
Some Kind of Peace is another in the wave of Scandinavian crime thrillers, and it’s definitely one to watch. Siri’s an interesting character, though it’s funny to consider her profession. Despite the fact that she helps others with their mental health, she doesn’t seem all that stable. The constant presence of alcohol exacerbates Siri’s issues. It’s interesting, though sad, to watch Siri descend into alcoholism and it provokes questions about where that invisible line is between abuse and just having a few too many drinks.
The mystery in Some Kind of Peace is appropriately twisty and difficult to figure out. There are times it seems very straightforward, and while the reader might congratulate his or herself for figuring it out, it’s a little disappointing. But Grebe and Traff don’t make it that easy on the reader. Just when things seem like they’re going to settle out nice and neat, there’s some sort of twist thrown into the plot to mix everything up again. It makes for a gripping read, from beginning to end.
Some Kind of Peace also brings up difficult questions about psychology. When you are dealing with disturbed, depressed people, it’s hard to stay positive and maintain focus. How do you help people who may be beyond saving? It’s the situation that Siri must deal with every day, and she does it with compassion and grace. Because of the numerous issues the book brings up, it would make a great book club pick if your group was open to crime fiction.
Overall, Some Kind of Peace is an enjoyable thriller. It’s got some great psychological twists, and the character exploration is really top notch. If you’re tired of second-rate crime fiction, give this book a try. Siri is an appealing, if flawed, character, and you won’t even be halfway through before you start hoping there’s a sequel.