The psychological thriller debut of No.1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.
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 that she has taken her own life.
conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will
answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows
to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own
suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working
together that the truth begins to emerge about the small town with a
deeply disturbing past.
Now that Scandinavian crime fiction is very firmly on the map (along
with much other crime in translation), it has become clear to readers
that Henning Mankel -- the Trojan horse for the breakthrough of Swedish
crime writers -- was only the tip of the iceberg. Now readers in Britain
and America are starting to discover that there are other writers of
real accomplishment out there. And a name that will soon be on many
lips is that of Camilla Leckberg -- already a very well-known name in
her native Sweden, with five novels under her belt. The first to reach
these shores, however, is The Ice Princess -- and its phenomenal
success in Sweden looks set to be replicated over here. Leckberg has
been described as Sweden's new Agatha Christie, and although there is
some truth in the description, it doesn't tell the whole story. We have
a Christie-like provincial village (here, Fjällbacka, in which Leckberg
herself was born) and a variety of suspects for a very unpleasant
murder. Also Christie-like is the machine-tooled precision of the plot,
but Leckberg is very much a contemporary writer, offering a picture of
modern society that is as penetrating as her narrative is involving.
writer Erica Falck has returned to her home town on the death of her
parents, but discovers the community in turmoil. A close childhood
friend, Alex, has been found dead. Her wrists have been slashed, and her
body is frozen solid in a bath that has turned to ice. Erica decides
to write a memoir about the charismatic but withdrawn Alex, more as a
means of overcoming her own writer’s block than solving the mystery of
Alex's death. But Erica finds that her interest in Alex is becoming
almost obsessive. She begins to work with local detective Patrik
Hedstrom, and the duo soon find that some unpleasant secrets are buried
beneath the comfortable surface of the town.
On the evidence of
this first book of Leckberg’s to be translated, we have yet another
authoritative crime writer from abroad to add to an ever-growing list.
Let's hope translations of her successive novels follow quickly. --Barry Forshaw
--This text refers to an out of pri