by Camilla Lackberg
About a month ago, I had read a glowing review of The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg on FictionFan’s Book Reviews, The Stranger by Camilla Läckberg, so I went to NetGalley and requested a digital review copy. I was approved and I had it sent to my Kindle. Meanwhile, I had gotten a copy of the audiobook of the first book in this series (The Ice Princess) from the library. So I decided to read (or listen to) this book first. My wife and I both listened to the audiobook in the car on the way to our cottage in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan last week. We continued listening on our way back and finished it today. I’m glad that I started with this book first.
The Ice Princess is a well written Swedish mystery novel. The story isn’t too light, but neither is it dark and dreary. This isn’t one of those mysteries with the bodies piling up all over the place and blood covering everything. No serial killers popping up in this book. The characters are believable and likable. You will have a good idea of some of what is going on fairly early in the book, but you won’t be able to figure out everything until the end. The clues are there, and if you think back you will say, “I should have caught that, too”, but you won’t.
I enjoyed this book and so did my wife. The translation felt very natural. The narration of the audiobook was very good.
I give this book 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. I am looking forward to getting back to reading The Stranger, but I’m sure that I will be reading The Preacher (Book 2 in this series) soon, since I just got that from the library.
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjällbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body—suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedström, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik’s curiosity gives way to obsession—and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it’s not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone out there who will do anything—even commit murder—to protect it.
Fans of Scandinavian greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour Camilla Läckberg’s penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest.
File Size: 874 KB
Print Length: 420 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451621744
Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
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About the Author
Camilla Läckberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. Her novels have all been #1 bestsellers in Sweden, and she is the most profitable native author in Swedish history. She was the #1 bestselling female author in Europe last year and her novels have been sold in thirty-five countries. Her previous novels are The Ice Princess and The Preacher. Camilla lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her husband and five children.
The book description is from Amazon. The Ice Princess: A Novel