Eva and Henrik have been living together for fifteen years and have a son together. Eva suddenly realizes that her husband is seeing another woman. In anger and desperation, she decides to seek revenge. At the same time, a young man has for the past two years been watching by a hospital bed where his girlfriend lies in a coma after an accident. But his year-ning for closeness is growing excruciating. She keeps letting him down by refusing to wake up. Deceit deals with how devastating it can be to be let down and how our destructive actions create consequences far beyond our control. The destiny of Jonas and Eva is the consequence of other people’s actions and it is by chance that the roads of these two people cross...
Winner of Goldpocket 2004.
Nominated for the premier crime writing award in Scandinavia
- The Glass Key 2003.
Nominated for the Best Swedish Crime novel
In Sweden, a lot of marriages in my generation nowadays ends with
a divorce. I started to wonder about why so many of these divorces
becomes so destructive. People I know and always looked upon as
sensible and wise, who lived together for many years and have
children together, suddenly started to behave like maniacs. As if
they were each others worst enemies.
Inside our human brains we have something called the Limbic
system. It is one of the oldest part of our brain and it controls
all our primary needs and we share it with the rest of the mammals
on earth. But the human brain continued to evolve, and the
evolution gifted us with an unique intelligence that expected us to
separate from the rest of the animals. But in critical situations,
when we get scared or feeling threatened, the Limbic system takes
over and in an attempt to defend ourselves we react and behave
exactly as the animals we once were. I am convinced that frightened
people (just like animals) can be very dangerous.
Maybe our biggest fear of all is being abandoned and rejected. And
if you add that fear with the threat of losing your entire
existence, everything that you are used to, I venture to say that
most people becomes very scared.
Five years ago I went through a divorce myself. Although
"Betrayal" is not a personal documentary I did use my own
experiences of the emotional turbulence I went through. The
paradoxical benefits of a personal disaster of that magnitude is
that it helped me discover some of my innermost fears. Without that
experience I could not have written "Betrayal".
Actually I can summarize this book in a single sentence. There are
no punishments and no rewards, there are only consequences.
"Highest score for Alvtegen"
"Once again Karin Alvtegen has succeeded in creating an
exceptionally thrilling novel so gripping you cannot put it
"A strong reading experience that will most likely yield another
award for the author."
"Karin Alvtegen has once again shown that combining
complicated emotions like guilt, regret and deceit with an
intelligent and breathtaking plot, is an art she is the master of.
In fact, she is telling about an event that occurs to many people
every day, but Karin Alvtegen accentuates it and thereby she gives
the reader another novel packed with suspense."
"Sometimes the word thriller is a misleading label, but when
it comes to Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen, it is an absolutely correct
term. It is the kind of book that you keep on reading while the
creeping uneasy threat keeps on growing and making your hair stand
on end. Everybody who has read Missing - selected as the best
Nordic crime novel three years ago - knows that Karin Alvtegen is
great at telling thrilling stories. /…/ These two parallel stories
are woven to form a whole and they belong to the best stories I
read for a long time. /…/ As I wrote in the beginning, it is a
novel to read at one sitting. Not only for the suspense, but as
much for Karin Alvtegen's marvelous language and a plot that's just
cut out for a really thrilling screen version. You have here one of
this year's best books in the genre, if not the very
"A book where the pages turn themselves."
"Her prose is extremely efficient and captivating. It is
difficult to put down the book, partly because you are curious
about the outcome for the protagonists, partly because the book
never looses tempo, there are no boring passages. Inevitably
Kerstin Ekman's Black Waters is brought to my mind. Without drawing
any other parallels, both Betrayal and Black Waters can be read in
two ways - either in a reflecting deep way, when literary allusions
and ethical problems give you food for thoughts or as a
tremendously good, well-written thriller that keeps you pinned to
your arm chair till the last letter."
"Karin Alvtegen, a writer from Huskvarna, did it again! She
has written a hair-raising psychological thriller in which the
suspense accelerates towards the unexpected and very exquisite end.
/…/ Here you have BOTH quality and excitement."
"The new novel Betrayal is of the highest Nordic rank /…/ The
unraveling is extremely clever, with unexpected turns and
hair-raising suspense till the last page. Very clever and as far
from the predictable as ever possible."
"Everything comes to those who wait. Karin Alvtegen has
published her third novel eagerly awaited by many. /…/ her language
is a delight, still the novel is very easy to read. Very cleverly,
she builds up a dense story around the protagonists' lives. It's
difficult to put the book down and when you reach the end, you
start to long for the writer's next novel to come."