THE ICE PRINCESS is the first of a series written by Scandinavian author, Camilla. Lackberg. She definitely gets the flavor of secrets too long hidde..Show More »n in a small fishing town. When author, Erica returns to her hometown to deal with her old home after her parents death, she finds a lot more than she had bargained for. First of all, her wife beating brother in law is forcing the sale of their family home which Erica loves but she can't afford to buy out her sister's 1/2 share. Then she decides to visit a childhood best girlfriend, Alex, that she hasn't seen in years and finds her in a tub of frozen water with her wrists slashed.
Erica has been asked to write a short article about her friend's life. She begins research by meeting with an old childhood sweetheart, Patrick, who is now a policeman. Together, they determine that Alex's death was not a suicide but was murder. As they work together, getting all the local gossip, they rekindle their love and find more hidden secrets from the town's past. Secrets that kept hidden, caused more grief and sorrow for the town's residents than one could imagine.
I really enjoyed this book, but found the huge cast of characters a bit daunting to begin with. This is definitely one of those book where you need to sit down for a couple of long reading periods rather than reading in short bursts. The story line kept me intrigued, and though I kind of knew where the story line was taking me, I was fooled in the end. Plan on continuing this series for sure.
I enjoy Camilla Lackberg's writing a great deal. She reminds me of a Swedish Kate Atkinson ("Case Histories") with the well developed characters, wit..Show More »ty 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.
I am new to audible books - I don't commute a lot - but I bought this book because I wanted to read it and I have already bought another audiobook ev..Show More »en before finishing this one. Nice entertaining murder mystery. The reader is a bit funny when he does female voices but he does a good job nevertheless.
I admit I had to write the genealogy of the Hult family to keep track of characters.
It helps a lot to have read the Ice princess before - the history of detectives and their families runs along the murder investigation.
I have read and loved all of Wallander/Mankell stories - Lackberg has a style of her own but the type of novel is similar to Mankell in many ways.
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...Show More » This is well work the time. I highly recommend this to my fellow audio book listeners.
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 o..Show More »ther 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.
I found this a disappointing listen though the narrator does his best. I think it was more than rather weak translation - this book is not well writte..Show More »n - it is laboured and it shows. There is a great deal of needless padding as in painstaking description of detail that we just don't need to know and there is also a peculiar tone to ths book which often reads like a childrens book. Added to this the irritatingly New Swedish Men, plodding Patrick & his sidekick Martin, who trip over themselves to be Politically Correct this book lacked the tension essential to a really good thriller.
Parts of the book certainly are entertaining and it's fine for commuting. But the constant alluding to some detail that remains elusive just beyond th..Show More »e characters'--particularly Patrick's--consciousness only to be remembered, lo and behold, a short while later really got kind of old as a narrative strategy fast. I understand that a mystery needs to create suspense but this was just too formulaic and, frankly, boring. I stopped caring after a while whether this "something" here and "something" there he couldn't pinpoint just now would eventually be revealed. She uses a similar strategy to NOT reveal phone calls, or discoveries, or really important information, by "fading out" so that the characters are filled in but the reader/listener isn't. Trying too hard to get me intrigued.
The Nazis are always an interesting topic. In this lengthy book, character development was better than most mysteries, and the flashbacks gave contex..Show More »t to the people and events of the present. I like mysteries which are long, good character development and nothing supernatural. It's not Linwood Barclay or Gillian Flynn, but I enjoyed it.
Eamon Riley is a brilliant narrator. Camilla has created such complicated characters and each book allows the reader to learn more of the characters ..Show More »and why they act the way they do. I love crime novels and she is one of my favourite authors. I much prefer the authors of the Scandinavian countries. Will definitely continue to 'listen' to Camilla's books.
I enjoyed the psychological ins and outs of this mystery, but in the end I felt manipulated when characters figure things but the reader is left guess..Show More »ing what those details are. Vance is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy his reading. I like the detective and his clever wife and their relationship. Everything was great until the last paragraph which was just too over the top for me. I won't spoil anything, but I really did not like where I got dropped off - cliff hangers are highly overrated.
I've read all six books in this series by Lackberg, the last four of these in audio format narrated by Eammon Riley. I didn't enjoy this instalment qu..Show More »ite as much as the earlier ones but I'm happy to give the combination another chance as I did enjoy the earlier books so much (particularly THE ICE PRINCESS and THE HIDDEN CHILD). Riley is a terrific narrator and I do enjoy having the Swedish names pronounced for me :)To me this book took a long while to get going, with almost the first third concerning itself with the day-to-day lives of the series' long-running characters which grew a bit tedious, and the mystery itself was not as strong as with some of the earlier books.
I wonder if the translation to English lost much of the impact. I found the constant use of common similes and metaphors childish and infuriating...Show More »r/> The story itself was gripping - but I struggled to continue listening as the writing constantly annoyed me.
I also did not like the narration - the tone varied between condescending and pathetic - not enough variation for other compex characters again - most annoying