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on August 8, 2016
Having come across a later book in the series and very much enjoyed it, I was intrigued to find out how Falck & Hedstrom got their start. This is a fairly tightly woven and strong debut. I would recommend it to all mystery fans.
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on July 6, 2013
a really good read - I enjoyed the development of the characters (patrick & Erica), having read some of the series out of order. Well written, excellent plot, I couldn't stop reading until the end.
Best if you read the series in order.
I have read all 7 now, waiting for #4 in 2014.
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on February 11, 2016
I'm still reading this book, but enjoying it immensely. The author has a bit of fun with her tongue-in-cheek style of humour, which is a nice change for a mystery novel. I look forward to continuing with this series.
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on July 25, 2010
This novel deals with life in a small Swedish town, and events a quarter of a century earlier which ended in at least two deaths. A woman, her wrists slashed, bleeds to death in her bathtub, covered with ice, preserving her body until it is discovered. Subsequently, an outcast ne'er-do-well artist, her boyhood friend and possible lover, is found hanging in his flat. Both apparent suicides are subsequently determined to be murders, and therein lies the beginning of a tale.

The book is nominally a murder mystery. However, so many extraneous sub-plots and characters clutter it up that the reader becomes bogged down in unnecessary verbiage and unrelated information, slowing down the reading and detracting from the otherwise excellent story. If only a sharper pencil or even a re-write had been applied to the novel, it would have been far superior to the book as published. Nevertheless, it is still worth reading because the main plot and the unfolding of the investigation are well-done. Which is more than can be said for the character development.

Writer Erica Falck seems merely a foil in place of the author, and her new boyfriend, Patrick Hedstrom, is more wooden than alive. As for the police superintendent, he's not even funny, as it appears he is supposed to be. Most of the other characters merely fill in blanks. Given the fact that Lackberg has written seven books that have dominated Stockholm bestseller lists, these observations surely are surprising. That said, the novel is recommended.
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on May 3, 2016
Author clearly works with her characters and spends time allowing the reader into their thoughts. Yes one will read this mystery fast because it flows . The weakness is the mystery plot is mingled with soap opera plots which dilute her style. If travelling or want time to pass quickly this is the novel to read.
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on January 4, 2014
The story starts with an apparent suicide but after that the story slowly develops and becomes more complex with the final explanation being quite a twist but logically developed.
Although a murder mystery there are considerable sub plots and in depth descriptions of the characters and locations unfortunately although I liked the story I thought that the characters were one dimensional and I had trouble relating to them I am not sure why but perhaps they are sometimes over described for example ("Elna' double chins quivered with excitement, and Erica thought she looked like a fat little sparrow. Her woollen coat was shades of green and covered her from her shoulders to her feet") it carries on in this vein for a while but I have copied this extract to show the style of writing. It is a book to be read slowly to make the most of it, some reviewers have said that they have scan read it so that they read only the main plot, if you want to do this it is not worth getting as the main plot would only make a short story. My only criticism with the plot is that the police seem so inept and finding a couple of the main clues which should have been obvious are left to the main female character Erica, an author who is writing a book about the events as they happen, to find.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 30, 2010
Audie Award nominee David Thorn delivers an appropriately chilling reading of Lackberg's compelling story. His well modulated voice carries the listener from the lead character's initial shock to the inexorable revealing of dreadful secrets. An accomplished voice performer Thorn has a goodly number of children's book and classics to his credit.

Losing her parents was trauma enough for 35-year-old writer Erica Falck, but returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka only to learn of the death of her childhood friend, Alex, proved to be almost too much. Alex was found with her wrists slashed, frozen in an icy bath. Her demise was presumed a suicide. Although they had been close as children Erica and Alex had been estranged for almost a quarter of a decade - she is puzzled by the death of her once beautiful friend.

Alex's family asks Erica to write a remembrance of Alex, which she readily agrees to do. However, when an autopsy shows that Alex did not take her own life but was murdered and furthermore she was pregnant previous assumptions are tossed out the window.

Erica joins forces with detective Patrik Hedstrom to investigate the case. Eventually dark secrets are revealed, which may well destroy the fabric of that once peaceful small community.

Lackberg's novels have continually topped bestseller lists in Sweden and THE ICE PRINCESS was named Best International Crime Novel of the Year. Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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on December 29, 2013
For lovers of the Millenium series this is a great new Swedish author to explore. Complex plots but not difficult to follow. Plan to continue to read more of her work.
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on February 8, 2017
very good story, was more interesting than I thought it would be, a little love story in the middle of a mystery always makes for a good read.
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on April 18, 2016
First Camilla Lackberg novel I've read, but it won't be the last. Enjoyed it from beginning to end.
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