Status: 04.12.2023, 09:23 a.m.
By: Sven Trautwein
The film adaptation of the crime thriller "The Lie" by Mattias Edvardsson also promises suspense until the last minute on Netflix.
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Scandinavian crime novels and thrillers are not only very popular with book readers, but also find loyal viewers in the film adaptations. Whether in the media libraries of ARD and ZDF, on Amazon Prime or on Netflix. Nordic Noir works both ways. Currently, the film adaptation of Mattias Edvardsson's "The Lie" has been running on the streaming service with the red N since November 24.
Mattias Edvardsson "The Lie": That's what the book is about
The main actors of the book adaptation "The Lie" by Mattias Edvardsson. The book was adapted as a six-part series for Netflix. © Netflix
Lund is a town in Skåne county, Sweden, about 20 kilometres northeast of Malmö. The old town is lined with cobblestone streets. The focal point is the centuries-old cathedral. So it could be almost contemplative and quiet.
Lund, Sweden: Adam, Ulrika and Stella are a normal family. Adam is a pastor, Ulrika is a lawyer and Stella is her rebellious daughter. Shortly after her 19th birthday, a man is found stabbed to death and Stella is arrested as a murder suspect. But how could she have known the obscure and much older businessman and, above all, what reasons could she have had for killing him? Now Adam and Ulrika have to ask themselves how well they really know their own child – and how far they would go to protect him...
At the center of the story is the family of the pastor Adam Sandell, which at first glance seems like any other family. Ulrika, the mother, is a busy lawyer, while her daughter Stella has just graduated from high school and is saving up for a trip to Asia. Adam, on the other hand, dedicates his life to faith.
As in many families, large and small problems are the order of the day, but in order to keep up appearances, they should be solved within one's own four walls. Stella is a challenging daughter with a strong will, and her parents must learn to deal with her and her own difficulties. But then the seemingly normal family life collapses – Stella is accused of murder. Each family member reacts in their own way to this dramatic turn of events and tries to save the family – even with a lie if necessary.
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The original Swedish title of the book translates as "An Ordinary Family". This would fit the novel much better, but it doesn't detract from the suspense. The three points of view from which the book and the film are told make it exciting until the last page.
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The secrets of the Sandell family become more and more captivating with each further immersion in their circumstances. The seemingly perfect family hides a plethora of problems behind its façade. With each successive chapter, the reader delves further and more and more a piece of the veil is lifted, although the subjective accounts never reveal the complete truth to the reader. It is precisely this ambiguity that keeps the ongoing tension in this thriller going.
The focus of this novel is not on the murder, but on the characters involved and their reactions to what is happening. What led to this act? How does the past affect the present? And of course – was it really Stella who committed the murder? These questions keep the reader in suspense throughout the reading, and in a consistently exciting way. With each chapter, more details are revealed, and it becomes increasingly clear how far each individual is willing to defend what is close to their hearts.
'The Lie' on Netflix: The Cast
- Alexandra Tyrefors as Stella
- Lo Kauppi as Ulrika
- Björn Bengtsson as Adam
- Christian Fandango as Chris Olsen
- Håkan Bengtsson as Mikael Blomberg
- Moa Gammel as Jenny Jansdotter
- Melisa Ferhatovic as Amina
Mattias Edvardsson is also included with another title ("The Truth") in the crime fiction recommendation of the spring. Fans of psychological thrillers should grab it here! The Netflix adaptation is based on the book and can subtly and piece by piece convey the tension that one wishes for from such a film adaptation.
Mattias Edvardsson "The Lie"
Translated from Swedish by Annika Krummacher
2020 Blanvalet, ISBN-13 978 3 734 10865 5
Price: Paperback 10 €, 557 pages
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Mattias Edvardsson lives in Skåne, Sweden, outside of Lund, where he lives with his wife and their two daughters. He worked for a long time as a teacher of Swedish and psychology at a high school, but now he devotes himself fully to his writing work. His novels immediately secured him a place on the Spiegel bestseller list (here you can find the ten most successful bestselling authors) and he was enthusiastically received by both readers and the media. The horror of everyday life is Edvardsson's specialty.