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What My Body Remembers

Agnete Friis

ISBN: 9781616956028

Published: May, 2017

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Hardcover $25.95

Agnete Friis

Copenhagen

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From New York Times bestselling author Agnete Friis comes the chilling story of a young mother who will do whatever it takes to protect her son.

Ella Nygaard, 27, has been a ward of the state since she was seven years old, the night her father murdered her mother. She doesn’t remember anything about that nig...

From New York Times bestselling author Agnete Friis comes the chilling story of a young mother who will do whatever it takes to protect her son.

Ella Nygaard, 27, has been a ward of the state since she was seven years old, the night her father murdered her mother. She doesn’t remember anything about that night or her childhood before it—but her body remembers. The PTSD-induced panic attacks she now suffers incapacitate her for hours—sometimes days—at a time and leave her physically and psychically drained.

After one particularly bad episode lands Ella in a psych ward, she discovers her son, Alex, has been taken from her by the state and placed with a foster family. Driven by desperation, Ella kidnaps Alex and flees to the seaside town in northern Denmark where she was born. Her grandmother’s abandoned house is in grave disrepair, but she can live there for free until she can figure out how to convince social services that despite everything, she is the best parent for her child.

But being back in the small town forces Ella to confront the demons of her childhood—the monsters her memory has tried so hard to obscure. What really happened that night her mother died? Was her grandmother right—was Ella’s father unjustly convicted? What other secrets were her parents hiding from each other? If Ella can start to remember, maybe her scars will begin to heal—or maybe the truth will put her in even greater danger.

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“Agnete Friis's storytelling haunts and grips and satisfies wildly. I love how she constructs palpable edge and suspense, but am especially captivated by the richness, depth, and organic quality of her amazingly vivid cast of characters. What My Body Remembers is a tense and riveting thrill ride. I devoured her visionary storytelling in one satisfying bite.”
–Sara Blaedel, international bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls
“Fans of Karin Fossum will feel right at home in Friis’ writing, from her measured pacing to her vividly-drawn characters... totally satisfying, tense, and immersive.”
–Crime by the Book
“The first solo novel by Friis, translated from the Danish by Lindy Falk van Rooyen, measures up to the best-selling Nordic noir novel The Boy in the Suitcase. Ella Nygaard, 27, is a flawed, memorable character.”
–The BBC "Between the Lines"
“Breaks the mould... Friis had an uncanny ability with her prose to suck me in and make me lose track of time.”
Clues & Reviews
“Breathtaking.”
–Toronto Star
“A first-rate novel of psychological and emotional suspense... Ella is a fascinating, complex character... Highly recommended!”
–The Journal of Popular Culture