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Publisher's Summary

In the latest from worldwide best seller Camilla Lackberg, a new novel from a reclusive Fjallbacka resident has enraptured the community - but what secrets and tragedies are lurking behind the pages and threatening to come to life?

Christian Thydell's dream has come true. His debut novel, The Mermaid, has been published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?

When crime writer Erica Falck, who helped Christian discover and develop his talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the young author's mysterious past. Then one of Christian's closet friends, Magnus, goes missing.

Erica's husband, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, has his worst suspicions confirmed as the mind games aimed at Christian become a disturbing reality. Christian's group of friends - a "gang of four" from childhood - is a tangled web of relationships, love triangles, and family secrets that Erica and Patrik must unravel in order to discover what really happened to Magnus and who is still threatening Christian.

But with the victims themselves concealing evidence, the investigation is going nowhere. Is their silence driven by fear or guilt? What is the secret they would rather die to protect than live to see revealed?

©2015 Camilla Lackberg (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 09-24-15

Should have really been three and a half stars

The story development, as usual, was great. And then...the puzzle gets solved. The explanation was too farfetched. I will definitely read the next Camilla Lackberg. I just hope she gives the mystery a little more thought.

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A real puzzler, but...

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 guessing 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.

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What?!?!?!?

Everything about this book was great...until the end. It was so random. What a disappointment!

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Stoopid People, Stoopid Novel, Stoopid Cliffhanger.

I've been on a Scandanavian mystery binge lately and have really enjoyed discovering some great authors. This is not one of them. The women in this novel, especially Ericka, are set up to be SO much smarter than the men, who, to a man are bumbling fools lead around by the nose of their empowered wives and girlfriends. At least two dozen times lead characters didn't answer cell phones leading to unnecessary complications and misunderstandings. Every man, except the Dastardly One, are henpecked idiots. Potential readers should be warned that this novel ends on such a contrived cliffhanger that it beggars belief. Simon Vance is amazing, as always.

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  • starjazz
  • Temple Hills, MD, United States
  • 10-03-15

Goosebumps...

I've never read a book that gave me chills and goosebumps all over my body. I want to find Camilla Lackberg and just stare at her for 15 minutes in complete wonderment and angst over this tale and the ending of this book. Absolutely Fabulous. Completely fulfilled my need for a Thriller. Wow!

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Formulaic doesn’t become her

The author seemed to be struggling for freshness throughout. Many phrases like “missing piece of the puzzle” seemed to repeat over and over. She still has good characters and generally writes well, but this didn’t measure up to prior efforts.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 04-21-16

Lackberg gets better and better

Swedish author Camilla Lackberg is one of those authors whose writing keeps getting better and better the more she writes. In this mystery, written in 2008 but adapted to audio only in 2015, she continues the series set in a small Swedish town. It starts as kind of a plodding police procedural, in the same style as other Swedish crime writers, but midway through the book, the crime thriller part really kicks in and carries you to the end.

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  • Larry
  • Montara, CA, United States
  • 03-22-16

ON and ON

This is not a spoiler. The book is about 4 childhood male friends who are being stalked and in some cases murdered by a woman from their past. It goes ON and ON without the detectives figuring out why this woman is stalking the men. They never even consider the most obvious answer. HELLOOO! The book does have somewhat of a surprise ending but by the time it is revealed you really do not care.

The saving grace was Simon Vance's narration which as usual was superb!

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so many twists.. and the cliffhanger!!

I was annoyed a great deal that things were referred to but not read (like notes and some evidence), but realized it was part of the craft of the story and that it really made me think... which I liked. The cliff hanger killed me so excuse me while I run to download the next one... which I just found out is not translated yet!!!! hurry please!

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  • Raindance
  • FOX CHASE MANOR, PA, United States
  • 01-14-16

Hard to follow

Would you listen to The Drowning again? Why?

No. The ending was disappointing and unexplained. Who was the woman. Did Christian actually kill anyone. Abrupt end leaves you tired of the book rather than wondering about it.

Which scene was your favorite?

None

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. Ending came unexpectedly and the questiones unanswered were not the fun speculation kind. They were the frustrating kind that leave you unsatisfied.

Any additional comments?

Takes a while to get used to the recitation. ( excellent narrator Simon Vance) because the speaker and point of view change without warning.