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The Stonecutter | [Camilla Läckberg]

The Stonecutter

The remote resort town of Fjällbacka has seen more than its share of tragedies, but a little girl found in a fisherman's net may be the worst yet - especially when the postmortem reveals that this was a methodical murder, not an accidental drowning. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has just become a father, and it’s his grim task to discover who could have killed a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. He realizes that the solution lies with finding a motive for this terrible crime.
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Publisher's Summary

The remote resort town of Fjällbacka has seen more than its share of tragedies, but a little girl found in a fisherman's net may be the worst yet - especially when the postmortem reveals that this was a methodical murder, not an accidental drowning.

Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has just become a father, and it’s his grim task to discover who could have killed a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. He realizes that the solution lies with finding a motive for this terrible crime. Although Hedstrom is no stranger to the criminal mind, he couldn’t possibly predict how this case will reach into Fjällbacka’s darkest heart, spanning generations and ripping aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.

©2012 Camilla Lackberg (Pegasus Books Edition). Translation © 2009 Steven T. Murray. Recorded by arrangement with Pegasus Books. (P)2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A perfectly plotted and paced mystery bolstered by strong, realistic characters makes this a must-read for all followers of Scandinavian crime fiction." (Booklist)

"[Camilla Lackberg] strips conventional veneers from her achingly complex characters." (Publishers Weekly)

The Stonecutter, by Camilla Läckberg . . . continues her excellent series . . . The main narrative is cleverly interspersed with flashbacks from the past, the relevance of which becomes apparent as the novel progresses. Läckberg is particularly good at portraying the claustrophobia of a small community in which everyone knows everyone else and the police may well be friends with killers.” (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

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    Maureen NAUGATUCK, CT, United States 02-15-13
    Maureen NAUGATUCK, CT, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Extremely enjoyable"

    This book was a surprise. The narration was well done. I was engrossed and entertained through out. l especially like the writing style of the author. This is well work the time. I highly recommend this to my fellow audio book listeners.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Reston, Virginia 08-09-12
    Jean Reston, Virginia 08-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Superb!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stonecutter to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was excellent,so I would say I got more from the listening experience.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Ms. Lackberg wove an ingenious plot from strands of the past and present to create a riveting story. The suspense and uncertainty built inexorably.


    Which character – as performed by David Thorn – was your favorite?

    Patric was the unifying character throughout, but each player was extremely well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - it was difficult to pace myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely want to listen to more from this author. She is first rate, a thrilling new Scandinavian mystery writer.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 07-06-13
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!! What a treasure!"

    This is the best mystery/suspense I have read all year. Great plot and characters so well defined, I had no trouble keeping up with who was who. I had eyed this book for quite.a while and bought it when Audible put it on sale. Thanks Audible, I owe you one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George Sonoma, CA, United States 02-03-13
    George Sonoma, CA, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book just to listen to the narrator. Easy story telling intonation. Great fun!


    What about David Thorn’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite book in January

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Arlington, VA, United States 01-12-13
    Lauren Arlington, VA, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Keeps getting better"
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    This is a great book. I really love the author's style of weaving stories together to resolve the plot and I really enjoy the characters too. After seeing this on an NPR best of 2012 list I decided to listen to the series and I can't wait for her latest novels to be translated!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 07-01-13
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unrelentlessly Cynical...but a great read!"

    This book turns detective fiction upside down. The detectives are mere mortals, while the villains are the strongest characters. The author exposes the inner thoughts of all the characters. In a deliciously cynical way these thoughts reveal many of the characters to be sailing on the same ship...The Ship of Fools.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-28-12
    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-28-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A very good psychological thriller."

    The remote resort town of Fjällbacka, Sweden, is the scene for the latest murder investigation led by Detective Patrik Hedstrom. A little girl’s body is pulled up in a lobster pot. The detective is shocked when he sees her because he knows her. He and his companion just had a baby, and she was in pre-birth maternity classes with the child’s mother, and the two had become close friends. When the post mortem is completed it is determined that little Sarah drowned, and not in the sea. Her lungs had regular tap water, such as from a bathtub. Additionally, there were ashes in her mouth and in her lungs. As thisi police procedural continues, ashes are thrown on other babies with an attempt to put those ashes in their mouths, but they were saved. And there is evidence of other murders that have been committed. This is a high suspense psychological thriller with two women trying to get used to having just had babies, and the interference by their mother and mother-in-law respectively. But Patrik can see that there’s something not quite right about Sarah’s family, and it’s possible that someone in her own family planned and carried out the murder. We have two parallel plots going on, which of course become entertwined, with murders in both plots. And it’s my kind of story because we, the readers, know more than the police when it’s over. The best one I’ve read by this author

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA United States 03-25-13
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA United States 03-25-13

    Tosca

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    "Undeveloped characters and way too many."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Way too long; too many extraneous characters. Simplistic writing. Maybe it was the translation from Swedish to English, but the charcters were more like caricatures.


    What could Camilla Läckberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut it in half, and leave the good parts.


    Have you listened to any of David Thorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Do you think The Stonecutter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Burnsville, NC, United States 11-05-12
    David Burnsville, NC, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Overdone narration - will read print version"
    Any additional comments?

    The reading or listening experience is, of course, subjective. For me, regardless of the quality and interest of the writing, if I cannot stay with the narration of a book I will consign it to the "money lost" bin. This is one of those. Nothing against Mr. Thorn who may be a wonderful man and actor, but his pitch, cadence and delivery are completely ill-suited for a suspense/crime novel like this. Just way too far over the top.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 08-06-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 08-06-14 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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    "A Mystery that Solves Itself?"

    The writing is well done and the narration is great. I am struggling with this review because it just had too many characters. In addition, all the characters get a full back-story which made this story way too long. A significant editor's cut should have been done on this book.

    This story is more of a psychological thriller as only about 20% of the book contained any actual police investigation by Patric (a favorite character of mine) and his crew. The actual "solve" of the mystery was more like the clues fell into the Patric's lap instead of actual crime solving. I wasn't surprised by the ending. The twist comes so late and after so much reveal of the characters, you just want to get on with it.

    Yet, Camilla Lackberg can tell a story in a very interesting way. It just wasn't the story I wanted. Hopefully, the next book will be more of the crime solving genre that I crave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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