Hilda Bumblevik’s life is turned upside down when a sleazy man with bad intentions captures her mother’s heart. Instead of going on an awesome summer holiday they have to move to the town of Søderdal where Hilda soon notices that everything isn’t as it should be. Who is the pale man on the stairs outside the abandoned sanatorium? Why are the teachers at school so peculiar? And what is her stepfather Timian really hiding in the attic of their new house in Coffin Street?
Hilda Bumblevik and The People Who Disappeared is an impressive debut novel and coming-of-age-story, full of suspense, mystery, and humour.
A smashing debut
What a universe of delightful characters. What a universe of humour, horror, excitement and drama. What a debut. Prepare to bite your nails, grin and laugh. Hilda Bumblevik will have you hooked in no time.
Pageturner for young readers
(…) a very entertaining debut, and a gift for any school librarian or bookseller looking for new fodder to hungry readers. Gustavsen keeps the excitement high, and keeps the reader in the dark just long enough so they’ll keep wanting more. There’s never a dull moment.
It's a joy to read this book. Also for a grown-up! Gustavsen has a way with words and a linguistic excess that you can just sit back and enjoy. While the complications and mysteries pile up, Hilda opens up little pockets of air and humour with her absent-minded digressions.
The debut is characterised by warm humour, excitement and surprising horror.
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