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Tyskungen by Camilla Läckberg

Tyskungen (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Camilla Läckberg

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After finding a Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings, crime writer Erica Falck meets with an old friend of her mother's, who is suddenly and violently murdered two days later, and Erica and her husband Detective Patrik Hedström must turn to family wartime diaries for clues.
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The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg (2007)


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Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked, exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself). Until she gets caught. Gilly’s sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its heroic mission. There’s a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?

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. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be...
  Gmomaj | Feb 14, 2021 |
Pretty good. Probably the best I've read so far, perhaps because it was not quite so gory as some. I did guess the conclusion about half the way through but I was quite happy with that. It's because the author is honest (unlike Agatha Christie where solving the murder always seems to involve using a piece of information she doesn't give you!). ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
THE HIDDEN CHILD written by Camilla Lackberg and translated (from the Swedish) by Tina Nunnaly is Book #5 of the Patrik Hedstrom (Fjallbacka) series.
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“Crime Writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover an old Nazi medal amongst her late mother’s belongings. Inspired to dig deep into her past, she visits a retired history teacher for answers. Two days later he’s dead.”
“Detective Patrik Hedstrom is on paternity leave. But his wife’s enquiries appear to have set off a chain of murders and he’s finding it hard to keep out of the investigation.”
“A terrible secret from the darkest days of World War II is coming to light - and their families’ histories are right at the heart of it.”

This series has a great small town location in western coastal Sweden; very personable and likable main characters; a mix of horrific, dark (very dark) criminals/murderers and situations; a close-knit local police station; a many-layered plot - a plot riddled with secrets and historical references - tense and suspenseful; and noir at its best (or should I say grittiest).
THE HIDDEN CHILD needs a lot of concentration. I had several family ‘trees’ written out in the margins. There are many personal details to be remembered. I say this not as a criticism, but as a precaution, so as to stay in tune with the story as it unfolds.
A wonderful title. A wonderful series. **** ( )
  diana.hauser | Aug 30, 2020 |
The Good:

+ Läckberg's writing style has finally evolved into a more mature and less in-your-face direction, making the reading process a whole lot more enjoyable.
+ Interesting shake up of the main characters, with Martin, Gösta and the nee cop Paula given more time to shine over usual protagonists Patrik and Erica.
+ Mellberg continues to evolve into a more likeable direction.
+ Interesting mix of wartime history, personal relations and decades old secrets.
+ Läckberg finally opens up about the past of the main characters.
+ Some interesting turn of events, setting up things in future novels.
+ Probably some of the strongest and most intriguing drama in the series so far.

The Bad:

- The main murder investigation isn't all that interesting.
- The resolution is disappointingly mundane.
- While given more action time, Martin still remains a superficial character.
- I can't get over the annoying overuse of cliffhangers within chapters.

Evolving its main characters and picking up steam, Läckberg's fifth crime novel is a well-written but generic murder mystery. ( )
  MrScallops | Jan 1, 2020 |
We wage war for what??
Read my long review on WordPress.
http://kalaekitaabi.wordpress.com/ ( )
  kala.e.kitaabi | Nov 8, 2019 |
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En Las huellas imborrables, Camilla Läckberg entreteje con maestría una historia contemporánea con la vida de una joven en la Suecia de 1940. Escrita con numerosos flashbacks, en esta novela Erica Falck debe adentrarse en el oscuro pasado de su propia familia.

El verano llega a su fin y la escritora Erica Falck vuelve al trabajo tras la baja de maternidad. Ahora le toca a su compañero, el comisario Patrik Hedström, tomarse un tiempo libre para ocuparse de la pequeña Maja. Pero el crimen no descansa nunca, ni siquiera en la tranquila ciudad de Fjällbacka, y cuando dos adolescentes descubren el cadáver de Erik Frankel, Patrik compaginará el cuidado de su hija con su interés por el asesinato de este historiador especializado en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Mientras tanto, Erika hace un sorprendente hallazgo: los diarios de su madre Elsy, con quien tuvo una relación difícil, junto con una antigua medalla nazi. Pero lo más inquietante es que, poco antes de la muerte del historiador, Erika había ido a su casa para obtener más información sobre la medalla. ¿Es posible que su visita desencadenara los acontecimientos que condujeron a su muerte?
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After finding a Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings, crime writer Erica Falck meets with an old friend of her mother's, who is suddenly and violently murdered two days later, and Erica and her husband Detective Patrik Hedström must turn to family wartime diaries for clues.

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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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