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Anita Terpstra

Anita Terpstra

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Anita Terpstra (b. 1974) graduated in journalism and art history. Her successful debut thriller Nachtvlucht (Night Flight) was nominated for the Shadow Prize and the Crimezone Thriller Award. Her book Anders (Different) was published in Germany and France. Television-film rights have been sold to a French producer.


Recent title – English material

Al mijn moeders (All My Mothers), 2022

Vonk (Spark), 2018

Samen (Together), 2016


Praise for All My Mothers:

Terpstra’s cheeks are burning in this family saga (…) In the course of her research she has unearthed a chapter in regional social history that’s still shocking today, with the plight of women at its heart. – Trouw

An extraordinarily frank, honest family history, with the mothers taking center stage, the force that keeps the community together. – Geschiedenis Magazine

When you finish this impressive historical saga you find yourself thinking that every village deserves a book like this. – NRC Handelsblad

An impressive ode to seven generations of women. – de Volkskrant

Praise for Together:

Together features intriguing characters that are fully rounded. The story gains an extra dimension by continually switching between the cellar where the women are systematically abused and events surrounding the newly married couple. - Nederlands Dagblad

Terpstra writes gripping, tense and character-driven thrillers. - VN Detective & Thrillergids

Praise for Different:

A thriller as a thriller should be. Like the work of Scandinavian colleagues, ‘Different’ is raw and dark, at times even gruesome. **** - Dagblad van het Noorden

Terpstra has structured her story extremely well. A gripping thriller inspired by real-life events. **** - Crimezone

It is impressive to see how Terpstra builds both plot and tension. An excellent thriller that keeps you hooked until the denouement. - De Gooi- en Eemlander

Different is an original story with a well-developed plot and an unsettling atmosphere that stays with you. ****1/2 -

Terpstra subverts the picture of the lost son very, very gradually. 'Different’ is a cleverly structured and credible story in which the oppressive tension builds slowly but surely. -