Synopses & Reviews
The remote resort town of Fjällbacka has seen more than its share of tragedies, but a little girl found in a fishermans 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 its 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 couldnt possibly predict how this case will reach into Fjällbackas darkest heart, spanning generations and ripping aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.
"The extreme darkness of the human spirit a quality that marks LÃ¤ckberg's novel and the work of many other Swedish crime writers is expertly portrayed in this audio edition by narrator David Thorn, who previously read earlier installments in the author's Patrik Hedstrom series. Although it may take listeners a few moments to become accustomed to Thorn's British accent, this discrepancy quickly becomes a nonissue given the narrator's deliberate pace, which serves to underscore the bleakness of both the external and the internal terrain. This time around, Hedstrom is particularly invested in solving the crime; as a new father, he's affected by the murder of an eight-year-old girl even more strongly than usual. And Thorn is especially effective in portraying the detective's exhaustion from tending to his infant daughter, which only adds to the strain of working the grisly murder case. A Pegasus hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“A perfectly plotted and paced mystery bolstered by strong, realistic characters makes this a must-read for all followers of Scandinavian crime fiction.”
—Booklist [HC starred review] Booklist
“Strips conventional veneers from her achingly complex characters.”
—Publishers Weekly [HC starred review] Publishers Weekly
“One of those mysteries that ruin a vacation. Take it to the beach and your eyes will be so locked on its pages, youll never know theres an ocean in front of you. . . . Richly textured and downright breathtaking.”
—Washington Post AudioFile
“Equal parts atmospheric and suspenseful. It winds its way along two paths . . . that the two stories will eventually converge, with shocking consequences, is testament to Camilla Läckbergs incomparable storytelling skills. If you have not yet read the equally entrancing The Ice Princess and The Preacher, what are you waiting for?”
—USA Today Publishers Weekly
“Narrator David Thorn distinguishes the bevy of characters and deftly pronounces their unfamiliar names.”
—AudioFile Library Bookwatch
“The extreme darkness of the human spirit—a quality that marks Läckbergs novel and the work of many other Swedish crime writers—is expertly portrayed in this audio edition by narrator David Thorn, who previously read earlier installments in the authors . . . series.”
—Publishers Weekly Bookreporter
“Smoothly performed by David Thorn. . . . Stonecutter is a gripping novel of the dark side of human nature, unforgettable to the very end.”
—Library Bookwatch Library Journal
“The Stonecutter is one of those rare books that you will be unable to read fast enough, yet you also will want to savor slowly so you can delay the ending.”
“Narrator David Thorn makes the Swedish names accessible in a way print does not. His tongue glides over the unfamiliar pronunciations, leaving the listener engaged in the story, which stretches back to the 1920s. Even the red herrings take you somewhere you need to go. . . . This is a must purchase.”
Library Journal Dee - ' - s Book Blog
Thorn is a master of building and lessening suspense by altering pacing and inflections, allowing characters inner dialogues to clearly contrast with their spoken words. As the plot draws to a conclusion, Thorn outdoes himself voicing the murderers reactions to being caught, convicted, and imprisoned. Another winner from Läckberg.”
Booklist Chaos Is A Friend of Mine Blog
“[David Thorn] managed to maintain the continuity of the narration through-out and it was an easy listen.”
Dees Book Blog
“Listening to the audio book was great fun. . . . I highly recommend . . . especially for fans of Nordic crime novels.”
—Chaos Is A Friend of Mine Blog
In the third novel from Swedens bestselling female writer, yet more trouble for the small town of Fjällbacka: The mysterious drowning of a little girl threatens to tear the town apart.
About the Author
CAMILLA LÄCKBERG graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics and moved to Stockholm, where she worked for a few years as an economist. A course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first four novels have all became Swedish number one bestsellers. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm.DAVID THORN has narrated numerous works, one of which is an Audie® Award Finalist. Audiofile magazine has referred to him as "a masterful narrator," noting "Thorn's narration is precise and captivating."