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The Ice Princess (2002)

by Camilla Lackberg

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mystery, murder, fiction, Sweden ( )
  punxsygal | Apr 4, 2016 |
David Thorn
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
The last book I read that was recommended for 'fans of Stieg Larsson' (by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir) - well, I really didn't 'get' the connection. However, here, the back cover makes that same recommendation - and I'd have to agree. I felt that both the 'feel' of the book, and the mystery's gradual unpeeling of layers of secrets, was very similar to Larsson's methodology, over and above the Swedish setting.

The small town of Fjallbäcka doesn't generally have much crime. When the body of a young woman is found in a frozen bathtub, her wrists slashed, the immediate assumption is that it's an uncomplicated suicide. Certainly, the lazy police inspector, exiled to the boonies due to his incompetence, has no desire to investigate more than he has to. But the dead woman's long-estranged childhood friend, Erica, motivated mostly by the desire to write a book about the incident, together with a detective with a childhood crush on her, team up to discover that there was far more behind this death than first guessed.

This was Läckberg's first novel; I'd definitely read more by her. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
An easy-read murder mystery - sometimes predictable, sometimes gushy romance, sometimes gruesome detail, sometimes tedious police forensic investigations and sometimes quite unbelievable; pregnancy of 10 year old rape victim, child victims murdering the perpetrator with no police report or investigation of missing person, parents adopting the baby and keeping her identity secret, wealthy grandmother paying guilt money to parents of victims but acknowledging the child in her will, more murder when the hushed up story threatens to be told ... and a suicide... and some domestic violence to round off an eventful story! ( )
  siri51 | Jan 25, 2016 |
This is a gripping read and a great crime story. I love the bleak, icy setting of Fj_llbacka, a small, Swedish, seaside town - the perfect place for a thriller. The characters are varied and well-developed, and Lackberg covers a number of issues including family relationships, child abuse, adultery and domestic violence. Gradually the reader learns more about the secrets that the townspeople have hidden over a number of years until the shocking truth is revealed. With twists and turns throughout this is an engaging read from start to finish. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
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A more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian fiction . . . Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as popular here as they are in (Lackberg's) native Sweden.--Peter Robinson, author of "All the Colors of Darkness."

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