The Quarry (The Öland Quartet #3) - Johan Theorin, Marlaine Delargy SYNOPSIS
As the last snow melts on the Swedish island of Öland, Per Morner is preparing for his children's Easter visit. But his plans are disrupted when he receives a phone call from his estranged father, Jerry, begging for help.

Per finds Jerry close to death in his blazing woodland studio. He's been stabbed, and two dead bodies are later discovered in the burnt-out building.

The only suspect, Jerry's work partner, is confirmed as one of the dead. But why does Jerry insist his colleague is still alive? And why does he think he's still a threat to his life?

When Jerry dies in hospital a few days later, Per is determined to find out what really happened. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more danger he finds himself in.

And nowhere is more dangerous than the nearby quarry...

I loved Johan Theorin's Echoes from the Deadand The Darkest Room and this the third novel doesn't disappoint. Johan Theorin's main character Gerlof Davidsson, is moving out of the care home that he moved into in earlier novels. He's fed up doing nothing, sitting waiting to see who will be next resident to be wheeled out on a stretcher to the hospital or funeral home

He moves back to his cottage near the island's quarry, to live alone but close by are a number of 'holiday homes' and their part time residents.

Gerlof becomes entangled in the dark, troubling secrets surrounding his neighbours as the past and the present intertwine. This is mirrored in the development of tourism and its effect on the island, its inhabitants and the ‘old ways’

Theorin is such a wonderful writer, you become totally immersed in his words. His characters, plotting and the depictions of family relationship are exquisite. But it is the atmosphere the author creates soaking his stories in the wonderful sinister magic of the Swedish island of Öland, a place of dark myths, folklore and legend. The reader can almost feel the watery, weak arrival of Spring after the brutal winter and the sweet wind rushing over the Alvar

The location is like being on the edge of the world, one of those places where the sky meets the sea, beautiful, mysterious but ever so slightly disturbing.