Happy New Year by Malin Stehn #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping thriller by Malin Stehn, Happy New Year.


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 . . .


I must admit, one of the first things that drew me to Happy New Year by Malin Stehn, was the stunning green cover. As I started reading, I was totally gripped by the premise and by the characters in the story.

The tension is there right from the beginning in this book, and it kept me hooked. It’s New Year’s Eve, a night for excitement and the promise of new beginnings, but for one family it’ll mark the end of the life they once knew, and the start of a horrific nightmare which becomes their new normality. Jennifer Wikells, a seventeen-year-old girl, who was hosting a New Year’s Eve party, goes missing without trace.

I was really intrigued by what had happened to Jennifer. Malin Stehn shows us a couple of scenes in the lead up to her disappearance, that add to the intrigue, and it made me want to find out what happened to her even more. The emotions of the characters really come through in the writing, particularly in Jennifer’s mother as she grapples to come to terms with what has happened. You can see how much she wants to help find her daughter, but also how frustrated she is at the lack of progress in the investigation. The tension keeps turning up a notch as we delve into the minds of different character’s, who are all connected to Jennifer in some way. I definitely had a few suspects in mind, who I thought could be behind her disappearance, as I was reading. You can tell that this is a group of people who have secrets, and this made me want to get to the bottom of what was going on.

I found Malin Stehn’s writing very gripping. When the final reveals came I could really see the impact they had on the characters. The twists are done very well and there were certainly a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. Malin Stehn keeps you invested in the characters and the story. You will want to find out the answers as to what happened to Jennifer.

Happy New Year is an addictive read, and it is perfect for this time of year. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publication date: 24th November 2022

Print length: 432 pages

Happy New Year is available to buy:

Amazon UK Waterstones