The Ice Princess

The Ice Princess

eBook - 2014
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After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and soon joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
“A top-notch thriller, one of the best of the genre” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) from international crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg tells the story of brutal murders in a small Swedish fishing village, and the shattering, decades-old secrets that precipitated them.

In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjällbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body—suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedström, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik’s curiosity gives way to obsession—and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it’s not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone out there who will do anything—even commit murder—to protect it.

Fans of Scandinavian greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour Camilla Läckberg’s penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest.

Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781451621754
1451621752
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T. - Translator

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Liselara
Feb 04, 2016

I read Lackberg's third novel first which propelled me to start from the beginning. This is a terrific crime novel which will lead you down paths you can't predict. The characters are well developed but I found the translation to be very awkward; broken in some places and clearly British (v. Canadian or American). For example, at one point the character "throws a fag out the window"; took me a moment to realize it was a cigarette. In this first novel, Patrik comes across as a love sick puppy which is interesting because the things he likes most about Erica starts to really bug him down the road.

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Steve11
Aug 02, 2014

I thought this WAS thrilling enough. I liked this very much. This must be the first in the series about Patrick and Erica.

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wilqser
Jun 17, 2014

Swedish novel about an author who finds the circumstance of her childhood friend's murder suspicious. The dead women's family holds a secret that is a clue in solving this one. The ending was not overly exciting and the decriptions of the police work needed to be a little more thought out. Nice spacing of the story but just not thrilling enough.

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KristinaLeeper
Jun 05, 2014

Worth reading, but really predictable. Too many indirect plot lines, awkward dialogue, and unbelievable storyline.

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alex59
Jul 08, 2013

Excellent - well-written, good characters, great story. Will be looking for more of her books.

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MildredT
Jun 06, 2013

I agree with both KarenW and emerge that the style is reminiscent of Louise Penny. If you like Louise Penny and you have patience for her semi-autobiographical main characters, then you will be able to tolerate the same annoying trait in this book.
Both authors use their writing as therapy to air grievances against brother-in laws and/or spouses. I can take it or leave it.

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ClaireM_W
May 08, 2013

How do the Scandinavians do it? Each character fully developed, small details of daily life seem charming - do they really drink THAT much coffee, and with pasties? The logistics of the crime and its solution believable. I am looking forward to enjoying more of Lackberg's mysteries.

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zodine
May 05, 2013

Very well constructed intricate plot that will keep you guessing till the end

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loudem
Mar 05, 2013

Good and complex ( to the end ) murder/mystery. A tad long, but the characters are well drawn and the suspense is full of rebounds, dead-ends to keep us on the edge of are seats till the last (virtually) page. A great read. Very European in feel. Not your bing, bang, boum American copper novel.

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campingmomma
Jan 27, 2013

It took me quite a while to get into this book, but as a library patron recommended the author I thought I would stick with it and I'm glad I did. Erica finds the body of an old childhood friend and goes from biography writer to crime solver. She hooks up with Patrik, a Swedish police officer, both to solve the crime and romantically and begins writing a true-crime novel based on her former friends death. As I said it was slow going at first with the introduction of MANY characters, but once the story started the ball really got rolling and I was up half the night reading what came next. It became very engrossing with all the characters and their different stories and secrets. I am starting her 2nd book in this series, The Preacher.

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