Nella and her brother Robert live a difficult life with their mother and father in a small town on the west coast of Sweden. Robert is bullied at school, and Nella has to resort to debt and petty crime to pay off his tormentors. When she turns to her friend Tommy for help, her suspicions are aroused by the mysterious comings and goings of his brothers at their dilapidated boat house. But when she uncovers the reason behind their enigmatic behaviour, her life is opened to the realities of a mindboggling secret. The Merman is an exhilarating and beautiful book about sibling love and betrayal - and what happens when the mundane collides with the strange and wonderful.
'An intense little gem' Dagens Nyheter 'Worthy of Stephen King on a good day' Expressen 'Related to Frankenstein's monster, the Frog Prince and Kafka's insect... The Merman is a fairy tale for adults' Smalandsposten 'Carl-Johan Vallgren has written a substantial novel whose most poignant scenes tear and claw at you' Sydsvenskan 'A bitterly harsh and beautiful tale of a brother and sister's love for each other' Svenska Dagbladet