The Seventh Child

  • by Erik Valeur, K. E. Semmel (translator)
  • Narrated by Mikael Naramore
  • 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2012 Glass Key Award given by the members of the Crime Writers of Scandinavia
All the best homes are by the water, or so the matron of Kongslund Orphanage tells her small charges. But at this particular house by the sea, not all is as it appears.
On September 11, 2001, on a desolate beach on the outskirts of Copenhagen, police begin investigating the strange death of an unidentified woman. Surrounding the body are what appear to be offerings to the deceased: A book, a small noose, a dead golden canary, a linden tree branch, and a photo of the Kongslund Orphanage. As the police puzzle over their bizarre findings, the Twin Towers fall in walls of flame and the case is quickly overshadowed by the terror half a world away.
Years later, as the 60th anniversary of the matron’s reign at Kongslund approaches, identical anonymous letters are sent to six of the home’s former residents, hinting at a cover-up that has allowed Denmark’s most influential to hide away their dirty secrets and keep their grip on power. As one tenacious reporter hunts for clues, he begins to unravel the true parentage of some of Kongslund’s "orphans". Can he figure out who is sending the mysterious letters and who murdered the woman on the beach years earlier before it is too late?


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Customer Reviews

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This really wasn't for me, although I'm sure someone will enjoy it, I found it hard to engage with the characters and follow the story.
There just wasn't enough going on for me and gave up half way through. maybe it all happens in the last hour of the story but I decided I had other things I could be doing with my time.
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- boris 345

Well worth the listen.

This is an amazing book that keeps on delivering. It is slow but well worth the effort. An interesting insight into the lives of the characters. And a strange mix of characters that is too.
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- Gerald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio