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The Ice Princess: Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1 | [Camilla Lackberg]

The Ice Princess: Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems, at first, that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will help to overcome her writer's block as well as answer questions about their own past.
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Publisher's Summary

The psychological thriller debut of No 1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems, at first, that she has taken her own life.

Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will help to overcome her writer's block as well as answer questions about their own past. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about this small town with a deeply disturbing past…

©2011 Camilla Lackberg (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for ‘The Ice Princess':‘Heart-stopping and heart-warming, ‘The Ice Princess' is a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing' Val McDermid‘Camilla Läckberg is a more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian crime writers translated into English. With its sharp emotional nuances and psychological insight, The Ice Princess builds in suspense as the author turns her clear eye on the buried secrets and contemporary relationships of a small, isolated community. I predict that Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as poplular here as they are in her native Sweden' Peter RobinsonEuropean reviews for ‘The Ice Princess':‘The plot is simply superb, in an almost Agatha Christie-style. The cast of characters emerge with clarity and feel quite genuine… secrets come out in the 331-page book that bring about more things than murder. I read it in one go. A book that you can't put down' Sala Allehanda‘Camilla Läckberg is a Crime Queen' Bild am Sontag‘Strong portrayals and ice-cold suspense from Sweden's new Agatha Christie' My Life‘Ingenious' Metropol'This is unputdownable. Läckberg keeps the thrills coming until the very end' Viva'Camilla Läckberg was voted Swedish Writer of the Year for 2005. Bring on the next one!' Crimezone.nl‘An amazingly mature, well thought-out and exciting criminal novel…Leckberg stands out as the best first-time offender of the year' Jury

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