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
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T. - Translator


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SnoIsleLib_MarieB Mar 06, 2018

Set in Sweden, this first in a series features a police detective and his artist girlfriend. Think of this as a kinder, gentler "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." It's suspenseful, but somewhat less gritty.

Dec 20, 2017

This book had a couple of nice twists towards the end that I didn't see coming, but the overall pace was a little too slow for me.

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.

Nov 11, 2015

I thought this book was great. Could not put it down. Characters were well done, a great start to this series with Patrick and Erica.

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.

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.

Jun 05, 2014

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

Jul 08, 2013

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

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.

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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