What My Body Remembers

Ella Nygaard, 27, has been a ward of the state since she was seven years old, the night her father murdered her mother. She doesn’t remember anything about that night or her childhood before it – but her body remembers. After a particularly bad PTSD-induced panic attack lands Ella in a psych ward, she discovers her son, Alex, has been taken from her and placed with a foster family. Desperate, Ella kidnaps Alex and flees to northern Denmark where she was born. But being back in the lonely seaside town forces Ella to confront the demons of her childhood. If Ella can start to remember the night her mother died, maybe her scars will begin to heal – or maybe the truth will put her in even greater danger.

A New York Times Bestseller

“In this sensitive character study, Agnete Friis, who writes the Nina Borg mysteries with Lene Kaaberbøl, dares us to confront bad mothers and other outcasts.”
The New York Times Book Review

“The first solo novel by Friis, translated from the Danish by Lindy Falk van Rooyen, measures up to the best-selling Nordic noir novel The Boy in the Suitcase. Ella Nygaard, 27, is a flawed, memorable character.”
BBC, Between the Lines

“Breathtaking.”
Toronto Star

“Agnete Friis’s storytelling haunts and grips and satisfies wildly. I love how she constructs palpable edge and suspense, but am especially captivated by the richness, depth, and organic quality of her amazingly vivid cast of characters. What My Body Remembers is a tense and riveting thrill ride. I devoured her visionary storytelling in one satisfying bite.”
Sara Blaedel, international bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls

“Nordic Noir with a special flair for tension and engaging, credible characters. This book will keep you up all night.”
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author of I Remember You

“The skillfully calibrated atmospheric tension and Ella’s realistically awkward struggle toward redemption will appeal to fans of literary suspense like that of Jennifer McMahon and Karin Fossum.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“[Friis] expertly weaves Ella’s current life with the days and weeks leading up to the crime . . . A deeply resonant tale about one woman’s attempts to embrace her past while setting herself free.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Devastating . . . Friis’s writing is propulsive, and the book’s twisty conclusion will shock and gratify.”
Publishers Weekly

“A dark, fast-paced, and compelling mystery that will fascinate aficionados of Nordic noir.”
Library Journal