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The Preacher (original 2004; edition 2011)

by Camilla Läckberg, David Thorn (Reader)

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Title:The Preacher
Authors:Camilla Läckberg
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Info:HighBridge Company (2011), Edition: Unabridged; 15.75 hours, Audio CD
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Too complicated and far fetched. ( )
  ccayne | Feb 14, 2014 |
Camilla Lackberg is an expert at weaving a murder mystery. This novel involves the murder of a German tourist, whose body is discovered one morning by a 6 year-old boy while he is playing. Upon removing her body from the scene, police discover two more bodies below her . . . bodies that are now merely skeletons. Chief investigator, Patrik must find out who these girls were, what happened to them, and who tortured and killed them. Lackberg slowly unravels this mystery through flashbacks, and multiple character perspectives. Her character's are well-developed, her story is enthralling, and her writing is beautiful. Once picked up, her novels are hard to put down. ( )
  JEB5 | Oct 30, 2013 |
This is another brilliant book by Lackberg. It is one of the earlier ones and being set in Sweden I have some problem finding the places mentioned. Erica is pregnant in this book and Patrick is caught up in a series of murders, some recent involving a local family. ( )
  cookiemo | Jun 17, 2013 |
seguint amb la saga.. ja he completant la trilogia..
cotidianitat i horror conviuen.. de manera casi com l'oli i l'aigua sense barrejar-se..
no entenc com tradueixen el títol a l'original és "el predicador"i en castellà "los gritos del pasado" ...crec que és millor síntesi del contingut el títol talcom el va posar l'autora ( )
  gatxanshan | May 18, 2013 |
Nordic crime is still hot, years after Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. We have Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell and someone who I don’t hear a lot of but love – Camilla Lackberg. Lackberg writes a series set in Sweden’s picturesque Fjallbacka involving detective Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, his girlfriend (a true crime writer). The second adventure is set at the height of Swedish summer (I’m sorry, but I had to smirk at times – the heat is less than Aussie summer – but air conditioning is probably less prevalent in Sweden) and involves a murdered girl found at a local picturesque site. Underneath her body are the remains of other girls murdered in 1979 – that case was never solved. However, the method used is the same for all girls and the prime suspect for the 70’s murders is now dead. So who is really the murderer?

Lackberg drops a few hints along the way but you’re still left guessing as to the identity of the murderer – she inserts quite a few shady minor characters that have the potential as well as red herrings that send the police well off their path. To counteract the grizzly events, Erica is heavily pregnant, hot and tired. There are some amusing scenes as numerous ‘friends’ and family descend on them for the summer holidays unannounced, and then expect her to wait on them. Her sister Anna also makes a return as a single woman now arm candy for a playboy from Stockholm. Anna’s story looks to continue in subsequent books too.

The book starts rather slowly, making much of the heat and endless sun to set a sluggish tone as the police try to find their feet in the case. However, with the introduction of the Hult family (well known to the police), the pace picks up as they all have multiple secrets to hide. With the disappearance of another girl, the police don’t have any time to waste. The seriousness of events is comically relieved with the reason why Patrik’s boss, Mellberg, has been so nice and normal recently – Lackberg has the talent to know just when to lower the tension and give the reader a reason to smile.

I’ve managed to collect the rest of Lackberg’s Hedstrom/Falck series and I’m looking forward to reading the rest for two reasons – great crime and the fantastic characterisation of Erica and Patrik. Erica is a strong woman who could easily be your friend and Patrik is a well-adjusted, reasonably happy detective (an anomaly I know), I really want to know what happens between those two!

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  birdsam0610 | May 5, 2013 |
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The discovery of two murder victims who were killed twenty years earlier is complicated by the body of a third, recent victim at the same location, a case that compels detective Patrik Hedstrom to investigate a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics, and criminals.… (more)

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