The Hidden Child
By Camilla Lackberg
Once again, I am amazed at the depth of the feelings, and the power of the ideas, that Ms. Lackberg brings to the genre. She does not write mysteries, she writes literature that includes a mystery as a part of the story. She explores human suffering, and the depths of human depravity. She questions why people are cruel to other human beings, and what part of their childhood causes them to be the type of adult that they are. She asks what is truth, when the victors of a war determine how the history is written, or do they? But while she is giving you so much to think about, she still spins a tale, with all the twists and puzzles that any good mystery story has.
None of her characters feel like two-dimensional cutouts, they all feel like people. Some of those people aren’t very nice, but most of them have some sort of redeeming qualities. There aren’t many totally good, or completely evil people in her books. Most characters are some shade of grey. They have things that they hide, sometimes even from themselves. In The Hidden Child, many secrets are revealed.
This book is a new translation for the U.S. market. I was able to compare the new version with the book that was released in Europe a few years ago. This version reads very much like an American book. The phrasing is maybe a little too American. You don’t have that Scandinavian feel, except for the names and places, but overall it works quite well. Either version is a great book.
I give this book 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, you really need to do yourself a favor and just jump right in and read The Hidden Child. Once you do, you will want to go back and read the rest. I still have a couple of them on my reading list. I will be happy to get to them. Reading Camilla Lackberg books are such a pleasure. I just love her writing!
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.
Release date: May 15, 2014
The brilliant new psychological thriller from worldwide bestseller Camilla Läckberg—the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe’s past.
Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be . . .
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Pegasus (May 15, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.0 x 1.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
About the Author
Born in 1974, Camilla Läckberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative writing triggered a drastic change of career. Her first six novels all became Swedish No. 1 bestsellers. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm.
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