What happens to the power of friendship when passion and secrets intertwine in a tangled web of lies?
Sofie has driven off the road and died in the violent crash. When her fiancé Benjamin sees the photo taken by a speed surveillance camera, he is astonished: it seems Sofie was not alone in the car. Was it an accident after all? The haunting images of Sofie’s secret life awaken memories in Benjamin’s mind, eating up the grieving young man. The group of Benjamin’s childhood friends, scattered around the country, assemble at Sofie’s funeral: Loke who works in TV and radio in Helsinki, despite his pronounced stammer; Christoffer who studies folklore at the university in Turku and is about to marry his boyfriend; and the local priest Simon who seems to have lost his faith. In the woods surrounding the small town, the mythological evil figure Raamt has started appearing again. And what really happened to a young girl called Sidrid who years ago was lost in the forest?
Praise for The Grass Is Darker on the Other Side
A witty, enthralling and deeply thoughtful account of being young in a country where ancient Nordic mysteries still pervade what we recognise as our own present.
The novel is elegant to read, tragic, at times profoundly funny, generous, and clearly inspired. It demonstrates that Kai Erik is a master of many things, allowing him to choose between different genres, and to combine them; psychological realism and the psychological thriller, epic and gothic, a novel about relationships or a depiction of a specific time and context.
A captivating horror story and a veritable rollercoaster ride: it makes us laugh, makes us feel sad – and frightened. […] This book will keep you awake until the early hours, and then you won’t dare switch off the reading lamp.
[…] a captivating and cleverly layered novel which, in the crime-novel format, is used to address questions of belief and doubt, guilt and shame, hurt and reconciliation.
Kai Erik’s language has a confidence one rarely sees. His themes are fresh, original, urgent, his depictions of landscape superb […] The novel is ultimately concerned with ethics and has immense psychological depth.