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Happy New Year Praised in Apple Books Review

Malin Stehn’s Happy New Year was praised in this early review from Apple Books:

“Peaked too early? Romantically heartbroken? All alone at midnight? With its long queues, high prices and even higher pressure, most of us know the feeling of New Year’s Eve disappointment. Just be thankful you’re not a character in prolific YA writer Malin Stehn’s debut adult thriller. When a 17 year old goes missing after leaving a Malmö house party in the snowy depths of a Swedish winter, the ripples spread around her parents’ circle, bringing dark secrets to the surface of their seemingly serene, stylish lives. Written in elegant prose, Stehn’s pacy narrative taps into every family’s worst nightmare. It asks moral questions about how well we truly know our friends and family—and how far we would go to protect them. Unpredictable plot twists touch on issues ranging from sexual politics to social media, from Islamophobia to mental health. Atmospheric flashbacks and alternate narrators add depth. This slow-burning mystery is Nordic noir via American Beauty with a dash of Big Little Lies.”

Happy New Year will be published in the UK by Michael Joseph on November 24th 2022.


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