Rites of Spring


Author: Anders de la Motte
Translated by Marlaine Delargy

9781785769481 | PB | pp. 400 | 2021 | Bonnier Books

In 1986 a girl is ritually murdered. Her stepbrother is held guilty and then the family mysteriously vanishes. Dr Thea, curious, investigates this old tragedy.

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Skane, 1986: On the night of Walpurgis, the eve of May Day, where bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits and preparations are made to celebrate the renewal of spring, a sixteen-year-old girl is ritualistically murdered in the woods beside a castle. Her stepbrother is convicted of the terrible deed and shortly after, the entire family vanishes without a trace.

Spring, 2019: Dr Thea Lind moves into the castle. After making a strange discovery in an ancient oak tree on the grounds, her fascination with the old tragedy deepens. As she uncovers more and more similarities between her own troubled past and the murdered girl, she begins to believe that the real truth of the killing was never uncovered.

What if the spring of 1986 claimed more than one victim?


Anders de la Motte
Translator: Marlaine Delargy







Year of Publication:



Bonnier Books





Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

The author was formerly a police officer and then director of security at one of the worlds largest IT companies. He is currently freelancing as an international security consultant. He is the bestselling author of the ‘Seasons Quartet’; the first three books of which – End of Summer, Deeds of Autumn and Dead of Winter have all been bestsellers. Rites of Spring is the fourth in the series.

Set in southern Sweden, all four books can be read as standalones.


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