Translated by Agnes Broome.
Once inseparable, Joel and Nina haven't spoken in twenty years.
When Joel's mother Monika develops dementia, he has no choice but to return to his home town. Monika needs specialist care, and that means Pineshade - which also means Joel is going to have to deal with his one-time best friend, for Nina works there.
It's not long before Monika's health deteriorates - she starts having violent, terrifying outbursts, and worse, she appears to know things she couldn't possibly know. It's almost as if she isn't herself any more... but of course, that's true of most of the residents at Pineshade.
Only Nina and Joel know Monika well enough to see the signs; only by working together can they try to find answers to the inexplicable...
The Home is an eerie story about love, friendship and the greatest fear of all: losing control of ourselves...
Mats Strandberg (born 1976) is a Swedish author and journalist. Strandberg is a columnist in Aftonbladet. His debut novel was Jaktsäsong, published in 2006. His young adult fantasy novel Cirkeln, written together with Sara Bergmark Elfgren and published in 2011, was an August Prize nominee in the youth literature category.
Mats Strandberg. Wikipedia.
Photo: Swedish fantasy writer Mats Strandberg at Swecon 2012, Uppsala (Sweden). Photo author: Arild Vågen. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.