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Staff Pick

If you're looking for a well-crafted, suspenseful mystery novel, you'll definitely want to check out Camilla Lackberg's The Ice Princess, the first installment in a series that's been garnering praise from every quarter. Far, far superior, in my humble opinion, to the Stieg Larsson novels, The Ice Princess will keep you riveted till the very last page.
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Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.

Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their own shared past. While her interest grows into an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past.

Review:

"At the start of Lackberg's haunting U.S. debut, the first of her seven novels set in the Swedish coastal town of Fjallbacka, biographer Erica Falck returns home to sort through her deceased parents' belongings and work on her next book. But this is not the same hometown she grew up in. Summer tourists are turning the former fishing village into a thriving resort, and Erica's controlling brother-in-law is pressuring her to cash in by selling the family home. The apparent suicide of childhood friend Alexandra Wijkner contributes to Erica's grief. Once inseparable, they drifted apart before Alex's family abruptly moved away, and Erica feels compelled to write a novel about why the beautiful Alex would kill herself. Lackberg skillfully details how horrific secrets are never completely buried and how silence can kill the soul. A parallel between the town's downward spiral and the fate of one of Fjallbacka's wealthiest families adds texture. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Lackberg clearly has a gift for laying out an intricate plot and building suspense. Her list of characters is long and complex but not overwhelming.... [W]ill likely appeal to any lover of more lighthearted mysteries." Library Journal

Review:

"The novel uses the off-season quiet in the small village...to create a chilling atmosphere in which silence drives suspense. This excellent thriller is a must-read for fans of Scandinavian crime literature." Booklist (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Camilla Lackberg's haunting first novel.

About the Author

Camilla Lackberg's novels have all become #1 bestsellers in Sweden. Her thriller The Ice Princess, winner of the Grand Prix de Littrature Policière for Best International Crime Novel, has been published in over twenty-five countries. She lives in Stockholm.

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Colleen Perez, July 8, 2013 (view all comments by Colleen Perez)
For those of you who can't get enough of those Scandinavian mystery stories, here's another author to add to your list: Camilla Lackberg. As always seems the case, it's winter and there's a murder in Sweden. The beautiful, yet emotionally distant Alex has been found dead in her bathtub, in what looks to be an apparent suicide, but we know better. She's been murdered and there's a hidden past that has to be dealt with. Her childhood friend, Erica, a writer of biographies is going to dig into this story. With the help of her new boyfriend, Paul (did I mention he's a police detective), they are going to find out what happened.

While the story did have a sense of predictability to it, Lackberg created an atmosphere and characters to care about. The ending was satisfying and I think future stories should be entertaining.
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janmah51, February 21, 2011 (view all comments by janmah51)
This is a suspense novel set in a Scandinavian seaside village. Biography author, Erica Falck returns to her small hometown of FjAlbacka, Sweden to take care of her parents estate after their deaths. She discovers the body of her childhood best friend, Alex frozen in the bathtub with her wrists slit.
Alex was a beautiful woman who seemed to have it all, why did she kill herself...or did she? Erica teams up with police detective Patrik Hedstrom to uncover the events that lead to Alex's death.
This is a well written very good thriller that has many twists and turns and will keep you guessing until the end.
I was excited to see that it was the first in a series of seven novels set in this town. I look forward to the next.
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Alisha Geyer, September 1, 2010 (view all comments by Alisha Geyer)
Yes! This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys the mystery/crime genre, or just really loves a great book. I eagerly awaited each time I could read more and had a hard time putting it down. I was actually sad when it was over. Ms. Lackberg has a wonderful way of weaving the story that keeps you wanting more the whole time. The way she moves from character to character during each section leaves little cliffhangers throughout the entire book. You’re kept guessing all the way until the end, and given surprises to match. She has an excellent way of writing people that makes you really feel like you can see and relate to them. She writes her characters in a way that is so real to how people would actually speak, act, and live, including the smallest details in mannerisms that are so accurate and add so much depth to the story. I highly recommend this book and hope everyone who picks it up decides to take it home.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781605980928
Author:
Camilla Lackberg and Steven T. Murray
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Translator:
Murray, Steven T.
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Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Sweden
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If you're looking for a well-crafted, suspenseful mystery novel, you'll definitely want to check out Camilla Lackberg's The Ice Princess, the first installment in a series that's been garnering praise from every quarter. Far, far superior, in my humble opinion, to the Stieg Larsson novels, The Ice Princess will keep you riveted till the very last page.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of Lackberg's haunting U.S. debut, the first of her seven novels set in the Swedish coastal town of Fjallbacka, biographer Erica Falck returns home to sort through her deceased parents' belongings and work on her next book. But this is not the same hometown she grew up in. Summer tourists are turning the former fishing village into a thriving resort, and Erica's controlling brother-in-law is pressuring her to cash in by selling the family home. The apparent suicide of childhood friend Alexandra Wijkner contributes to Erica's grief. Once inseparable, they drifted apart before Alex's family abruptly moved away, and Erica feels compelled to write a novel about why the beautiful Alex would kill herself. Lackberg skillfully details how horrific secrets are never completely buried and how silence can kill the soul. A parallel between the town's downward spiral and the fate of one of Fjallbacka's wealthiest families adds texture. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Lackberg clearly has a gift for laying out an intricate plot and building suspense. Her list of characters is long and complex but not overwhelming.... [W]ill likely appeal to any lover of more lighthearted mysteries."
"Review" by , "The novel uses the off-season quiet in the small village...to create a chilling atmosphere in which silence drives suspense. This excellent thriller is a must-read for fans of Scandinavian crime literature." (Starred Review)
"Synopsis" by , The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Camilla Lackberg's haunting first novel.
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