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The Preacher | [Camilla Läckberg]

The Preacher

In the fishing community of Fjällbacka, life is remote, peaceful—and for some, tragically short. Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance 20 years ago of two young holidaymakers in the area. Now a young boy out playing has confirmed this grim truth. Their remains, discovered with those of a fresh victim, send the town into shock. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom, expecting a baby with his girlfriend Erica, can only imagine what it is like to lose a child.
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Publisher's Summary

In the fishing community of Fjällbacka, life is remote, peaceful—and for some, tragically short. Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance 20 years ago of two young holidaymakers in the area. Now a young boy out playing has confirmed this grim truth. Their remains, discovered with those of a fresh victim, send the town into shock. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom, expecting a baby with his girlfriend Erica, can only imagine what it is like to lose a child. When a second young girl goes missing, Hedstrom’s attention focuses on the Hults, a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics and criminals. The suspect list is long but time is short—which of this family’s dark secrets will provide the vital clue?

©2010 Original material © 2010 Camilla Lackberg. Translation © 2009 Steven T. Murray. Recorded by arrangement with Pegasus Books. (P)2011 (p) 2011 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

“Läckberg’s many-layered story features plot twists and turns galore. Especially effective are her flashbacks . . . Highly recommended for readers who like mysteries set in foreign countries.” (Library Journal)

“[Läckberg] is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror! A must for white-knuckle junkies.” (Guardian)

“A welcome addition to the swelling ranks of Scandinavian crime writers!” (Irish Independent)

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 05-24-13
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "2nd Book is Good, 1st Book was Excellent"

    I enjoy Camilla Lackberg's writing a great deal. She reminds me of a Swedish Kate Atkinson ("Case Histories") with the well developed characters, witty dialog, domestic back-stories that combine with an intriguing mystery. It is so hard to believe that this is only Lackberg's second book. At her young age, she is so accomplished with good story telling and pacing for a mystery. I was hooked from the first listen.

    The story starts out with a young boy finding a young woman's cadaver -- with 2 older skeletons underneath the body. All are connected with more to come. I will be honest that the mystery, while intriguing, was not as riveting as the first book. But can you blame anyone on expecting the same when the first book in a mystery series is excellent. Everything she writes will now be compared to "The Ice Princess". I am so pleased that Erica and Patrick continue in the series. I loved every scene with both of them.

    The narrator seems a strange choice for these books. I am learning to like him, but it seems like a very English proper voice with strange interpretations of how many of the other characters sound.

    Looking forward to listening to book # 3 sometime in the near future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 11-05-13
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Solid Mystery"

    This is a good book if not a great one. However...the inconsistency of the recoding is very disruptive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philippa Laredo, TX, United States 04-05-12
    Philippa Laredo, TX, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Silly voices"
    Would you try another book from Camilla Läckberg and/or David Thorn?

    I really like Camilla Láckberg's stories but could hardly get through this one because of the dreadful narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy these Scandinavian settings and the mixture of personal and domestic details with the police work.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator must have trained at the University of Silly Voices. Even when he wasn't doing a comedy old man, childish sounding woman, northern England accent etc, his 'normal' voice was annoying with affected and old-fashioned pronunciations such as 'orf' for 'off' and pronouncing the 'h' in words such as 'when' and 'where'. I will definitely avoid any books narrated by him in the future.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 08-03-11
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2009

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "Great book. I bought her previous book right away."

    I'll be on the lookout for more books by this author - especially if they are narrated by David Thorn. Definitely worth buying and listening to. It held my interest and intrigued me throughout. Interesting characters and a plot that was certainly not run of the mill. Highly recommend (I just rarely give 5 stars to anything).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The mom Newport Beach 04-01-14
    The mom Newport Beach 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book like Wallander series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book and the series she has written. Very fine story telling.


    What other book might you compare The Preacher to and why?

    Wallendar series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Barnes Omaha, NE 12-28-13
    J. Barnes Omaha, NE 12-28-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Put Me To Sleep"
    Would you try another book from Camilla Läckberg and/or David Thorn?

    I like the story but the narration was dull. The voices seemed very forced and unnatural. Luckily I also bought the Kindle book (they aren't synced) and could read the book. The audio is a waste in my opinion.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Swedish setting was interesting. Some of the subplots slowed the story to a snail's pace.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorn’s performances?

    Absolutely not. This is the worst audio I've ever listened to. I selected it for listening while on a 14-hour road trip. Bad choice.


    What character would you cut from The Preacher?

    The visitors to Erica's home.


    Any additional comments?

    Try "The Ice Princess"--also from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wobbly WNC USA 08-03-13
    wobbly WNC USA 08-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great Lackberg mystery"

    I loved the narration as well as the story. Although the story is gruesome as can be expected, the characterizations of all concerned are so well done, she makes me care very much about all of them. With twists and turns til the end, I had a hard time taking a break!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nancy oliver elizabeth city, NC, US 09-03-12
    nancy oliver elizabeth city, NC, US 09-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love it!!"
    Would you listen to The Preacher again? Why?

    Possibly, I love the story and the narrator


    What other book might you compare The Preacher to and why?

    One of Stieg Larsens


    What about David Thorn???s performance did you like?

    his inflections


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the visits to Portrick's house and his poor wife


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 11-01-11
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Good, But Not as Good as the First"

    This is the second book I've listened to by Swedish mystery writer Camilla Lackberg. While not quite as good as her first (The Ice Princess), it was still entertaining. I would read another by her, but would enjoy having more of police detective's Hedstrom's relationship with his wife, the writer Erica Falck, in the next one. She played a much bigger role in the first novel; in fact the series could have been based on her rather than Patrik. So I was a bit surprised at the much smaller role she played in Lackberg's second outing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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