Agnes joins a brilliant crowd of crime authors: Håkan Nesser, Mikael Niemi, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Jørn Lier Horst/Thomas Enger and Anne Holt are also on the same list.
The judges’ comments on SEVEN DOORS:
Agnes Ravatn’s Seven Doors has shades of Patricia Highsmith about it: a deliciously dark psychological thriller that lifts the lid on middle-class hypocrisy. When Ingeborg, the daughter of university professor Nina and hospital consultant Mads, insists on viewing a house that her parents rent out, she unwittingly sets off a grim chain of events. Within a few days, tenant Mari Nilson has gone missing, and when Nina starts to investigate her disappearance and past life as a musician, worrying truths begin to emerge. A novel about gender, power and self-deception, expertly spiced with Freud and Bluebeard, Seven Doors delivers an ending that lingers in the mind.
SEVEN DOORS was translated by Rosie Hedger and published by Orenda Books.
The winner will be announced on November 4th.