The year is 1991. Fifteen-year-old Helene is just starting to settle in with her new foster family in Hommelvik when her foster sister May-Liss (7) disappears without a trace. Days and weeks pass without anyone finding her, and Helene is drowning in guilt – because she was supposed to be looking after May-Liss.
Helene feels completely alone. After revealing that she can communicate with the dead, she has no friends – her classmates think she’s crazy, or a witch. But then Tommy, the son of the district sheriff, reaches out to her. He says that he’s also able to communicate with the dead, and that he wants to help Helene find out whether May-Liss is still alive.
When Helene was a little girl, her biological mother gave her a warning: she must never use her psychic powers to communicate with the dead, because something terrible would happen if she did so. Now Helene defies the old warning – and is thrown into a dangerous game controlled by dark forces. Who is the dead girl she makes contact with? Who is rocking the old doll’s pram at night? Can she trust Tommy? And most importantly of all – can Helene trust herself? What happens when she discovers a dark secret about who she really is?
The Shadow Bride is the second book in the Game of Death trilogy, which explores existential issues around death and love, loneliness and grief, and faith and belonging.
In the first book, The Game of Death, we meet Rebekka and Martin. When they find an old spirit board, strange and scary things start to happen. In the end, the pair discover that the spirit board is connected to their pasts: a previous life back in 1991, as Helene and Tommy.Is it possible that our lives are interwoven with past lives, allowing old curses to haunt us and giving love another chance?
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Cathrine Simonsen, Producer MONSTER
I simply could not lay down this paranormal horror of a book, and I am already looking forward to the last book in the series. To all youngsters and grown-ups, check out this series – it is amazing. It is on a rocket high international level.
The author has written an exciting and intense horror story where one can really feel the intense heat the village experiences. It is both dark and scary.