Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

The Ice Princess: A Novel
The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

From Amazon.com:
The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Camilla Lackberg’s haunting first novel. Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka 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.

Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their own shared past. While her interest grows into 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 a small town with a deeply disturbing past.

About the Author

Camilla Läckberg's novels have all become #1 bestsellers in Sweden. Her thriller The Ice Princess, winner of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for Best International Crime Novel, has been published in over twenty-five countries. She lives in Stockholm.

My Take:
I haven't read much Scandanavian literature.  I have read Liza Marklund (liked her book with James Patterson better than the stand alone I read) and I have Stieg Larsson in my TBR mountain. 

This book was just okay for me.  I did like the mystery and and the suspense of the the overall story but for some reason the delivery of the whole package just left me wanting more.  Erica is a likeable character and I found myself wondering as she did about the secrets that are uncovered. 
The mystery suspense is one that will keep you guessing but for some reason that I just can't put my finger on it was lacking something. 

I would be interested in reading more by this author just to see if maybe it was the translation that is the problem. 

I would say that this book is worth giving a try.  It is a nice way to spend a weekend. 

For more information about the book and to read the first chapter please visit the website

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