Anita Terpstra

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Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Anita Terpstra

1974, Hallum
Journalist, art historian, prominent thriller writer

Art historian and journalist, Anita Terpstra debuted in 2009 with Nachtvlucht (Night Flight), a cleverly constructed thriller about a family tragedy that evolves into a game of cat and mouse. It was nominated for the best thriller debut prize, and won the Crimezone Award. Her subsequent titles all met with high praise for their strong plots and well-balanced characters, and confirmed Terpstra’s status as one of the most gifted Dutch thriller authors. Her most recently published book, Anders (Different), is a psychological drama about a boy who goes missing during a school camping trip and turns up again years later. The story starts where most thrillers end: when the missing boy is found. Is he really who he says he is? What exactly happened the night he disappeared? Terpstra once again tells a brilliantly structured story, this time about a mother’s blind and thus destructive love for her son. Anders has been translated into German and French.


  Dutch Foundation for Literature   Translations   Lothar Blanvalet   Cargo

Recently translated into German

Blanvalet, 2016
Übersetzung von Jörn Pinnow
Original title: Anders (Cargo, 2014)

Alma Meester and her husband Linc, along with their children Iris and Sander, seem like a happy family. But then eleven-year-old Sander and his friend disappear during a summer camp. His friend’s body is found, but Sander has disappeared without trace. Five years later, Sander reports to a police station in Germany. Deliriously happy, Alma and Linc embrace their son again, but the reunion is far from perfect.They start to have doubts. Is Sander really who he says he is? In an attempt to discover the truth, the family has to find out once and for all exactly what happened at that summer camp.
Terpstra has structured her story extremely well. A gripping thriller inspired by real-life events.


A thriller as a thriller should be. Like the work of Scandinavian colleagues, Different is raw and dark, at times even gruesome.

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