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The Stonecutter | [Camilla Läckberg]

The Stonecutter

The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning…. Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why.
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Publisher's Summary

The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning….

Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why. What he does not know is how this case will reach into the dark heart of Fjällbacka and the town's past, and tear aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    jacqueline perth, Australia 08-04-11
    jacqueline perth, Australia 08-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Bad writing and bad narration"

    This is a very disappointing book. I only listened to the whole thing as I had paid for it but it didn't get better and I won't be investing in any other Camilla Lackberg novels. The writing quality is not good. It's rubbishy and reads like a chick-lit 'crime novel' written by a teenager. Most of it is about babies rather than being a crime novel and the characters are more than wooden - they come across as smug and unreal (not to mention annoying). The narrator is a terrible match too - he has a tone of jollyness all the way through which is not a good fit. All in all, I wish I hadn't forked out anything for this book, it didn't deserve it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    I love audiobooks KS 10-26-10 Member Since 2004

    Legalu

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    "Yuk!"

    The Stonecutter's beginning suggested a gripping mystery. The set up of plot and MAIN characters assured me of a good "whodunnit." Then one unlikeable and unnessessary character after another was added. The storyline veered from a mystery to how many despicable acts can people commit. I really felt disgusting after finishing this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 08-28-10
    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 08-28-10
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    "Fabulous, believable plot ... Worth a look !"

    A fast moving story well told and well narrated. A pleasure to listen to. Believable and humanly flawed characters who were going somewhere in a strong plot. More please !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chris 08-20-14
    chris 08-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "No competition to the slew of Swedish authors."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has not read or listened to many books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Camilla Läckberg again?

    No. I have enjoyed books by other Swedish authors and I didn't find anything original or thought provoking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eamonn Riley?

    I don't know if any narrator could get inspired enough to do it justice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Stonecutter?

    I think I'd tell her to try another profession.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia Eindhoven, Netherlands 01-06-13
    Natalia Eindhoven, Netherlands 01-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mrs Camilla doesn't disappoint."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stonecutter to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it goes back in the past (as often for mrs Lackberg) and that it is mainly about families.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It sounded like different people were doing it. So, it was good.
    A bit strange was the accent of the readers.


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

    yes, there were moments, especially related to children.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
    9/22/11
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    "Let down by narrator"

    Although the story was interesting and intriguing, the narration did not do anything to evoke a sense of a small Swedish town. It ruined my enjoyment of the book to the extent that I skipped large portions, something I've never done before. Eamonn Riley sounded as though he would be more at home reading children's stories rather than adult mystery

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    9/5/11
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    "A Collection of Parts"

    This really is a collection of parts as it travells backwards and forwards through time, moves continents and my slips in and out of ability to suspend belief. Parts are excellent, with spot-on characterisation and descriptions and yet others parts had me saying out loud "people do not say that "or no-one behaves like that".

    The part consistently flawed through the novel is the narrartion. The intonation and overstressing of certain words reminded me of when I was four and my primary school teacher's afternoon reading. I don't want to hear the narrator's emotional respose, or be told which word in a sentence to pay particular attention to, I want the words to speak for themselves. If the narration had been better then probably the story would have been less a construction of parts and more a seamless enjoyable event.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Bozena Lapinski
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    "This is a super series."

    Very good balance between the action and plaiting in the personal lives of the main characters. Compulsive listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    United Kingdom
    1/3/14
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    "Very disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Camilla Läckberg or narrated by Eamonn Riley?

    No I would not try another book written by Camilla Lackberg and I would not recommend it either


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eamonn Riley’s performances?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Plot was initially interesting but it became too muddled and too many strands - there was no coherent theme to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Brussels, Belgium
    2/16/13
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    "Dull and duller"

    A very dull book: lackluster writing - there is simply no tension in it, no pace. And the narrator himself sounds so bored, it's no wonder the listener is also. I wouldn't bother if I were you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    TRURO, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "The Stone-cutter. The best read I've had this year"

    This book held me enthralled from the beginning to the very end. Many threads run through the story each one opening up another puzzle that had to be solved so that the death of a young girl can finally be understood and the parents allowed to grieve. Each line of enquiry draws you further into the lives of all the characters, unwrapping the folds of their exsistance and exposing the good aswell as the bad and the evil.

    Relationships that start out as sound and secure break down as each story line unfolds, but the opposite is also true as people mentally mend they are able to pick up their lives and make them worth living.

    An exceptionally good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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