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The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg

The Hidden Child

by Camilla Lackberg

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Series: Erica Falck & Patrik Hedström (5)

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A Swedish crime procedural with an interesting WW11 twist. Lackberg develops a likeable set of characters and an interesting and well written plot. ( )
  sianpr | Apr 15, 2014 |
When Erica Flack finds a chest with childhood drawings, a few old diaries, a bloody baby shirt, and a WWII German medal she begins to wonder why her mother hid these things together in a dark corner of the attic. She hopes that by reading the diaries she will discover why her mother was so reserved and withdrawn from both her and her sister's lives. Now she must use all her abilities as a writer to investigate her own famiy's past. Surprises are numerous when Patrik becomes involved with a murder case while on paternity leave that seems to be connected to Erica's own investigation.

Ms Lackberg continues her successful Fjallbacka/Hedstrom series with another stunning tale of murder, history, family, and the ties that bind. This novel is a perfect example of how she can take the everyday and make it into an interesting mystery that remains believable. If read in order, her series is a cohesive look at life in Sweden. Her writing is domestic in a way that readers are able to relate to and feel like they are a part of the family, friends, and culture. This novel is just another example of why she is such a magnificent writer! ( )
  JEB5 | Oct 31, 2013 |
És intrigant, però una mica previsible.. hi ha constants que es repeteixen... quina mania d'exhumar cadàvers de tombes de fa molts anys... assassinats molt crus amb detalls truculents barrejats amb cotidianitats... ( )
  gatxanshan | May 18, 2013 |
It was an amazing book. Original plot, many different story lines and only towards the end the real events that happened so many years ago unfolded.
It was my first Läckberg, and for me it was not noticable that I plunged in the middle of a series with Patrik Hedström as inspector.
I'm not going to give away much of the contents, I do not want to spoil other people's reading pleasure. >What I do want to add to this review is, that I was annoyed by the way that Patrik carelessly 'throws away' time that he is supposed to spend with his daughter (he is on paternity leave) and sticks his nose into a murdercase or two. I can imagine it is hard to leave work for a while, but.... ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
THE HIDDEN CHILD is the fifth book centred around the summer tourist town of Fjallbacka on the west coast of Sweden featuring police detective Patrik Hedstrom and his true-crime writing wife Erica Falck. In this outing Patrik is starting paternity leave to look after the couple’s daughter Maja while Erica is looking forward to getting back to work and engaging in more adult intellectual pursuits after a year of looking after Maja herself. However when a dead body is discovered in town on the first day of Patrik’s leave he cannot resist the temptation to take a look at the crime scene, even though it means bringing one-year old Maja along. Erica is a bit miffed with Patrik for taking their daughter to a crime scene and for failing to grasp that looking after Maja does not mean leaving their daughter at home with Erica while Patrick goes shopping. But she too is soon interested in this crime as the dead man turns out to be the historian whom Erica visited when she discovered a Nazi war medal among her dead mother’s possessions. In fact the past has a particular pull on Erica as she also discovered some diaries her mother had kept as a teenager during the war years, and Erica keeps putting aside her own work to read the diaries in the hope they might provide some insight into her mother’s neglectful treatment of Erica and her sister Anna. When it becomes clear that Erica’s mother was friends with the historian who has now been killed Erica becomes involved in the investigation too.

From a criminal plotting perspective this is probably Läckberg’s best novel, incorporating two strong plots. The contemporary plot to determine the murderer of the historian is well thought out and doesn’t involve nearly as much police incompetence as the previous novels (though there is still a little). All the small police force play useful roles, including new recruit Paola who seems to fit in well, and the case explores some interesting issues including the rise of neo-Nazi groups in modern Sweden. But perhaps the book’s biggest strength is that this storyline links to a second one taking place in 1943-45, involving the recently killed historian, his brother who spent time as a prisoner of the Germans and several other Fjallbacka residents including Erica’s mother. Eventually the solution to the present-day crimes is located in the past though the nature of the connection is well hidden until the end of the book.

While the family lives of the characters in this series have always been a feature of the novels that I have enjoyed I do think this instalment went a little overboard with the minutiae of characters’ lives. Certainly not all the children are hidden in this novel. In fact the thing is teeming with pregnancies (five), births lengthily described (two), and assorted toddlers and teenagers not to mention yet another love interest for Patrik’s romantically unlucky boss Bertil, an encounter with Patrik’s ex-wife and assorted other minor dramas. It doesn’t feel like Läckberg has held much back for inclusion in the next instalment (aside from several more births I suppose). I do generally enjoy the lighter side of these novels though and it was nice to read a book in which pretty much everyone has a family life in the normal range (i.e. no dramas that can’t be sorted out with a good chat and no alcoholic/near suicidal loners lurking underneath the covers).

Overall then I enjoyed THE HIDDEN CHILD and thought the translation up to the usual good quality even though duties have switched from Steven T Murray to his wife Tiina Nunnally. I think it interesting that my two favourite mysteries to be solved by Läckberg’s fictional characters are the ones where Erica takes more of a central role in the investigation (my other favourite is the first book in the series, THE ICE PRINCESS in which Erica really takes centre stage) and wonder if she’ll continue taking more of a proactive role in future novels. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Hvers vegna skyldi móðir Ericu Falck hafa varðveitt gamla nasistaorðu? Spuringin lætur Ericu ekki í friði og hún hefur uppi á sögukennara á eftirlaunum til að leita svara. Sá bregst hins vegar undarlega við og veitir engin svör. Tveimur dögum síðar er hann látinn. Myrtur. Ericu bregður í brún þegar henni berast fréttir af morðinu. Eftir að hafa tvístigið lengi tekur hún til við að lesa dagbækur móður sinnar og kemst þá að því að á stríðsárunum var móðir hennar í sama félagsskap og hinn myrti. Gæti heimsókn Ericu til hans hafa hrundið af stað atburðarás sem leiddi til morðsins? Hver skyldi vera reiðubúinn að fremja morð til að hindra að sannleikurinn um löngu liðna atburði líti dagsins ljós?Í Ástandsbarninu eru það fjölskylduleyndarmál Ericu Falck sem koma upp á yfirborðið meðan lögreglan í Taumshede þarf að komast af án Patriks Hedström sem er í feðraorlofi.
Camilla Läckberg fléttar samtímanum listilega við heillandi frásögn af atburðum í lífi ungrar konu á fimmta áratugnum.Ástandsbarnið er fimmta bók Camillu Läckberg um Ericu og Patrik Hedström.
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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.

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