The psychological thriller debut of No 1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.
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, at first, that she has taken her own life.
Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will help to overcome her writer's block as well as answer questions about their own past. 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 this small town with a deeply disturbing past...
©2011 Camilla Lackberg (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited
Praise for The Ice Princess:
Authoress Erica Falck is the first to discover her childhood friend, Alex, in an ice cold bath with her wrists slashed. Initially it appears to be a case of suicide but soon it is discovered that she couldn't have killed herself. As Erica is asked to write the obituary, she starts investigating the life of Alex, particularly the years following their school days, and this throws up a number of anomalies. Detective Patrik Hedström (another childhood friend) is in charge of the police investigation so the two find themselves working together.
This story proves to be a wonderful combination of the rejuvenated romance between these lead characters entwined with twists and turns of the murder plot. As with many thrillers, the answers lie in events in the past, and slowly fragments of information are unearthed and pieced together until the murderer and motive are discovered.
I really enjoyed this. It was my first audio book and it has totally got me hooked.
The narration was brilliant.
I like to escape with urban fantasy and radio comedy but like to mix it up with classics and travelogues.
The language is straightforward and so it is not too complicated and easy to follow when multi-tasking. I enjoyed the characters which are well drawn and the main protagonists are very relateable. I think this would be enjoyed by anyone who likes the classic crime genre - rather than the more violent and graphic style.
I enjoyed this novel - fairly complex, but held my interest. Good characters and very well crafted plot.
My only gripe is that the narrator barely drew breath when changing characters, so I was a bit flummoxed for a few seconds - then realised the character had changed. This didn't spoil my enjoyment, but it happened several times.
Not a bad story but the narrators affectation of not pausing for even a millisecond between what must surely be paragraphs in the book is disorienting and irritating.
Hearing the Scandinavian names but not reading them makes it more difficult to follow the narrative smoothly, but the lack of "space" between sections within the chapters caught this listener out too many times. We need a longer pause between scenes to match the extra space that appears in the written text.
Enjoyed the twists and turns, and great to get a sense of the real Sweden.
Truly loved this book but at times it was really difficult to follow the thread of the story as it moved from one character/location to another without a breath. A timely pause would allow the listener the chance to appreciate that the character or location of the story line had changed and not be wondering why the character suddenly in a different location when in fact it was someone else. I don't think this had anything to do with the translation of the story but more in the production / editing of the spoken word. Hopefully this fault has been only in this book so that I can go on and enjoy other books by this author.
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