The Ice Princess

The Ice Princess

eBook - 2009
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The psychological thriller debut of No.1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.

A small town can hide many secrets

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems like she's taken her own life.

Meanwhile, local detective Patrik Hedstr#65533;m is following his own suspicions about the case. It's only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past...

Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780007313693
0007313691

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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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