Do parents know what their kids are doing online and who they are talking to? Young girls’ insecurities and need for validation are easy to exploit. What happens when an encounter that started out as a game goes too far?
Kajan Berglund is an impressive, unconventional professor of criminology at Stockholm University. She is not afraid to speak her mind and she loves to undermine her pompous male colleagues. Kajan is well-known in the academic world and appears on news panels whenever a fearless expert is needed to comment on recent court cases. When her favourite PhD student, Bianca Svantesson, is found dead, Kajan suspects that Bianca’s unfinished thesis might have something to do with it.
One night Bianca’s sister, the investigative journalist Aida Svantesson, appears on her doorstep. Aida is torn up with regret over not having been there for her younger sister, while also dealing with some unpleasant suspicions about her partner. Together, Kajan and Aida decide to find out what has happened to Bianca. Their search takes them behind the closed doors of teenage bedrooms, where the desire for validation can easily be taken advantage of.
Sweet Lolita is the first part of a new gripping female noir series about the crimes that happen right under our noses.
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”Summer Stockholm is burning and you cannot stop reading.
A terrifyingly topical and fast-paced story.”
“A very well-written and thought-provoking book that feels especially topical after #metoo. The author writes about heavy subjects without being overexplicit and she leaves the readers to draw their own conclusions. You can tell that Kicki Sehlstedt is both a journalist and a qualified criminologist. There are no lulls in the story and she gives a convincing account, both in the portrayal of the young girls and of the jargon in a newsroom and a university environment.“
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“The author is a criminologist and has managed to make an exciting, credible, in-depth study of one our most abominable crimes today /…/ A thriller that combines an urgent subject with a story that evolves into a page-turner. "
“Debut novel Sweet Lolita is about how girls seeking attention are being abused, but also about women who dare to speak up in a man’s world. A thrilling suspense novel that leads one to think of #metoo.”
“Sehlstedt convincingly depicts the mechanisms around this kind of abuse and introduces the odd couple Aida Svantesson and Kajan Berglund whose stories are to be continued. A very touching depiction.“
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