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
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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"Combination of a rejuvenated romance and a murder"
Authoress Erica Falck is the first to discover her childhood friend, Alex, in an ice cold bath with her wrists slashed. Initially it appears to be a case of suicide but soon it is discovered that she couldn't have killed herself. As Erica is asked to write the obituary, she starts investigating the life of Alex, particularly the years following their school days, and this throws up a number of anomalies. Detective Patrik Hedström (another childhood friend) is in charge of the police investigation so the two find themselves working together.
This story proves to be a wonderful combination of the rejuvenated romance between these lead characters entwined with twists and turns of the murder plot. As with many thrillers, the answers lie in events in the past, and slowly fragments of information are unearthed and pieced together until the murderer and motive are discovered.
I really enjoyed this. It was my first audio book and it has totally got me hooked.
The narration was brilliant.
The language is straightforward and so it is not too complicated and easy to follow when multi-tasking. I enjoyed the characters which are well drawn and the main protagonists are very relateable. I think this would be enjoyed by anyone who likes the classic crime genre - rather than the more violent and graphic style.
"Take a breath man!!"
Not a bad story but the narrators affectation of not pausing for even a millisecond between what must surely be paragraphs in the book is disorienting and irritating.
"A great story spoilt a little by the reading."
Hearing the Scandinavian names but not reading them makes it more difficult to follow the narrative smoothly, but the lack of "space" between sections within the chapters caught this listener out too many times. We need a longer pause between scenes to match the extra space that appears in the written text.
"Great book, enjoyable read despite mispronunciation of a few local words and places."
Enjoyed the twists and turns, and great to get a sense of the real Sweden.
"Pity about the production"
Truly loved this book but at times it was really difficult to follow the thread of the story as it moved from one character/location to another without a breath. A timely pause would allow the listener the chance to appreciate that the character or location of the story line had changed and not be wondering why the character suddenly in a different location when in fact it was someone else. I don't think this had anything to do with the translation of the story but more in the production / editing of the spoken word. Hopefully this fault has been only in this book so that I can go on and enjoy other books by this author.
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