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5.0 out of 5 starsOPPS - This is NOT a new Lackberg novel
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2015
I am a bit confused - this book was said to be new - coming out Sept 15 of this year - I ordered it on my kindle and was so excited - yet as I read it, it was very familiar...I looked a bit further and see that the book came out in 2012 and was sold as a paperback! I was a bit upset - I HAD already purchased and read it in paperback a couple of years ago! What is the deal here?!?!? That was most misleading. I just wasted my money.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2015
I guessed the "twist" within the first several chapters of THE DROWNING. I'm very happy to suspend disbelief within the context of a well-constructed plot, credible characters, and relationships that are sufficiently complex to support seemingly illogical or, in other circumstances, truly unbelievable decisions. This novel achieves none of this. Rather, it features absolutely ridiculous behavior and bizarre choices that are simply jarring and serve to undermine the characters in pursuit of the "mystery" at the heart of the book. Given that the plot turns entirely on these absurd choices, the novel becomes laughably silly and irritating. It felt as though Lackberg was just too lazy or indifferent to his characters to take the time and care necessary to create them with any depth or intricacy. Usually I try to find at least one positive aspect of any novel on which I comment, but I am struggling to do so with THE DROWNING. Alice, the addled younger sister of one of the main characters, is charming. That is the best I can do.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
I'm a fan of Lackberg's novels, and I mostly really enjoyed this one. Unfortunately, two things spoiled it for me. First, in a number of places, she uses a technique where a character says, "Oh! Now I understand...." and the author doesn't share the information with the reader. It's a cheap and annoying way to generate suspense. Second, without adding any spoilers, I found the ending unsatisfying. The answer to the mystery is cheesy, and the cliffhanger at the end is unrelated to the mystery and is like a bad soap opera.
I still love the series and will read the rest! And I still found this enjoyable over all.
The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg is a crime novel set in Sweden. Four people hold a deep and very dark secret from long ago and although three of them have pretty much forgotten about it, one has the story uppermost in his mind. All four begin to get threatening letters, but only one knows the meaning of them.
Crime writer Erica Falck and her detective husband Patrick Hedstrom become involved in solving the crimes that eventually surface. Erica has helped a newcomer in Fjallbacka write his first novel, The Mermaid, and the book became an instant hit. Christian Thydell, the author, is married to Sanna and has two children. He is a quiet person and is not comfortable with his recent fame. Before long the letters begin to be delivered and they take on a threatening tone. Three others realize that their lives are in danger, but none of them knows what to do about it.
Interspersed amid the chapters is a story by an unknown character who tells the sad tale of his childhood and his parents' treatment of him, as well as the bullying he suffered at school. This is an important part of the plot and the most interesting part of the book to me.
I enjoyed the book and I usually do like Camilla Lackberg's books. The mystery and the crime in this one is not that easy to figure out, but all is revealed in the end.
4.0 out of 5 starsA Tad Predictable -- Until the Ending
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2015
This is the sixth in the Erika Falck/Patrick Hedstrom series, and the series is still going strong -- though there were times in this novel when I began to wonder. As the novel begins, a writer friend of Erica's has just published his first novel, and it is a roaring success -- but he's remote and distressed. He's been getting anonymous letters, and his best friend has disappeared. The plot thickens and the bodies start to accumulate, all leading up to a smashing conclusion. The book is a compelling read, but does at times feel a little formulaic, and does at times get my old improbability meter ticking pretty loudly. Why then do I say that the series is still going strong? Because the ending has such a riveting twist that I have ordered a copy of the next in the series -- and that's what a series is supposed to do.
I really need the translator to work faster. Or maybe I could learn Swedish? Lackberg delivers again, in her usual split story style. Through personal life and profession, I am very familiar with traumatic brain damage, schizophrenia, and dissociative disorder. I have some quibbles with her version of dissociative disorder, and I think schizophrenia was gratuitous as well as inapt, but the story is nevertheless compelling. The cliffhanger is a whopper.
Love the Erica and Patrick Hedstrom series. All well packed mysteries that are times difficult to unlock but once unlockede you realize they are all down to earth and realistic. Lackberg is one of my favorite authors. She builds and weaves a good mystery.
And the saga continues. The book's pace builds to another exciting climax. When reading this series of books be sure to begin with the first book so that you understand the complete storyline. Like other reviews stated, I question the ability of a pregnant women carrying twins doing do all that Erica did in the book but it is what it is. Ending makes you want to read next book ASAP! Certainly leaves you with many questions.
I'd read it before but was fooled into buying it again, as it seemed to be a new book by one of my favourite Scandi authors. Anyway I read it again, and found it as readable as I had previously. Of course, I knew who the perpetrator was, so I had time to admire the way the author sets it up.