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The Stonecutter Audiobook

The Stonecutter

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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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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 08-06-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Boone, NC, United States 08-18-13
    Ellen Boone, NC, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I thought it would never end."

    I read mysteries for three things: strong plot, complex character development, and evocation of place. This book fails on all three fronts. While it is an interesting exploration of the myriad ways that women crack and break under the stress of rigid patriarchal systems, the parallel plot lines--one from the past and the main one in the present--are not equal. The characters from the past are flat and stereotypical, while those in the present are better developed but unbelievably dense! Even our hero, the erstwhile detective Patric, "forgets" things that are essential to good police work and misses something in an interview he listens to again and again that the reader catches immediately. Worst to my thinking, is the failure to make Fjällbacka come alive, as Lackberg did with much better success in The Ice Princess. Except for a couple of brief scenes, this story could have happened anywhere (which may be Lackberg's point, but still, Fjällbacka is too colorful and interesting not to play a role in the story).

    The reader is frankly terrible. Thorn would be fine if he would just read in a normal voice, but he gives all the characters fake British accents, randomly assigning Cockneyesque, Scottish, and even vaguely Australianesque accents to distinguish among the characters, which polishes off the tendency of the book (especially the storyline from the past) to caricature. The mystery is interesting enough to read as part of the growing body of Swedish mysteries (I finished it, grudgingly), but I would recommend reading this one in print, so you can skim over the slower parts and do your own "voices."

    3 of 4 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
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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Magic 09-20-17
    Magic 09-20-17
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    "So many characters..."

    Very good, interesting throughout the book, but there are SO many characters to keep up with.

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    Nancy 02-22-17
    Nancy 02-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing..."

    Loved the narrator, not enough history to tie to the title. Predictable characters.

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    babs1103 05-21-16
    babs1103 05-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The story was hard to follow"

    The story was very hard to follow. There were too many different scenarios going on and the author did not do a good job of making the connections between the various plots. At times is was hard to know which plot the author was writing about because only pronouns were used. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    The narrator was very good.

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    Lynn Ogden 05-03-16
    Lynn Ogden 05-03-16
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    "good"

    Close to a 5. complicated story so it keeps you interested. A good read it was.

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    kimberly 04-01-16
    kimberly 04-01-16
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    "Good, but..."

    I get the switching back and forth on the stories within the story, but the transitions were a bit awkward. I mean, there was no indication of going to another scene by way of a small delay. The narrator seemed like he didn't even take a breath when moving to the next scene so I found myself rewinding a bit quite often to figure out what was going on or to see if I had missed something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ciara M. 03-11-16
    Ciara M. 03-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Too many plots"

    The story was alright, but I found that there were too many subplots to keep track of.

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    ellen 03-08-16
    ellen 03-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting but confusing"

    The book was good but it was hard to follow the story at times. One of the main characters changed her name. The reader does not know this until the end, making the story difficult to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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