Helle Mogensen was educated as a journalist. Children of the Sea is her first novel - and the first book in a planned series about the slightly introverted psychologist Anne Lebæk.
Louise Langhoff Koch
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BY Helle Mogensen
Psychologist Anne Lebæk is living a self-imposed exile in Copenhagen. Fifteen years ago she left her childhood town of Hvertsund on the western coast of Jutland—and she’s never looked back. Anne has to go home, however, when she learns that her sister Margit is dying.
Tragedies follow Anne back to Jutland. Early one fall morning, a woman’s body washes up on shore. Her name was Christel Birkenfeldt—and it turns out she was one of Anne’s clients. Everything indicates she either drowned while swimming or committed suicide.
But Anne has her doubts. It doesn’t fit the Christel she knew from their therapy sessions, nor the reason she was seeing Anne: the dead woman suffered from thalassophobia—a fear of water!
Anne knows that she has to find the truth, even though she’s guilt-ridden over Christel’s possible suicide, her recent divorce, and her complicated relationship with her mother. All too late Anne realizes that the answers actually lie in her past and in her own fatal choices.
In Children of the Sea, Mogensen serves up a psychologically charged portrait in a tautly structured debut. A skillfully composed thriller by an author with something to say.