Happy New Year

Happy New Year

The gripping must-read thriller with a shocking twist


She couldn't wait to get to the party. But she never made it home . . . THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER PERFECT FOR FANS OF CLAIRE DOUGLAS

'Malin Stehn's drama rakes red-hot embers from the ashes' THE TIMES 'BEST NEW THRILLERS FOR DECEMBER 2022'
'Pacy, atmospheric and extremely thrilling' WILL DEAN, author of THE LAST THING TO BURN
'A riveting Scandi thriller, depicting every family's worst nightmare in exquisite detail' AMY McCULLOCH
'There are twists I would truly not predict . . . I was gripped from start to finish' 5* Reader Review
'Nordic noir via American Beauty with a dash of Big Little Lies' APPLE BOOKS
'A tense, slow-burn thriller . . . a great read' CATHERINE COOPER, author of THE CHALET

As midnight approaches, old friends the Wiksells and the Anderssons raise their glasses in celebration.

Across town, their teenage children host their own party, finally free to let loose.

But the next morning, seventeen-year-old Jennifer Wiksell is missing.

The hours tick by.
The police get involved.
And no one knows who to trust.

Because these two families have a lot to hide.

And some will do anything to keep the truth from getting out . . .

'A riveting Scandi thriller, depicting every family's worst nightmare in exquisite detail' AMY McCULLOCH, author of BREATHLESS

'Wintry, Scandi, twisty and compelling. What's not to love?' JANE FALLON, author of JUST. GOT. REAL.

'A lot of twists and turns which I didn't see coming' 5* Reader Review

'Tremendously immersive . . . pure reading bliss' M-magasin

'Impossible to part with until the final page' 5* Reader Review


  • A dark, compelling missing person story set in the depths of a Swedish winter. Fans of Shari Lapena will DEVOUR this. Pacy, atmospheric and extremely thrilling.
    Will Dean, author of The Last Thing to Burn

About the author

Malin Stehn

Malin Stehn is a Swedish writer who has written over 40 middle grade and young adult books and has worked for many years as a freelance editor. Stehn holds a master's degree in comparative literature and humanities and works as a lecturer. Stehn is also a singer and songwriter whose retro pop band Crayfish released a hit record in Japan in the late 90s. A Happy New Year is her debut adult novel.
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