The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning....
Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why. What he does not know is how this case will reach into the dark heart of Fjällbacka and the town's past, and tear aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.
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Although the story was interesting and intriguing, the narration did not do anything to evoke a sense of a small Swedish town. It ruined my enjoyment of the book to the extent that I skipped large portions, something I've never done before. Eamonn Riley sounded as though he would be more at home reading children's stories rather than adult mystery
This really is a collection of parts as it travells backwards and forwards through time, moves continents and my slips in and out of ability to suspend belief. Parts are excellent, with spot-on characterisation and descriptions and yet others parts had me saying out loud "people do not say that "or no-one behaves like that".
The part consistently flawed through the novel is the narrartion. The intonation and overstressing of certain words reminded me of when I was four and my primary school teacher's afternoon reading. I don't want to hear the narrator's emotional respose, or be told which word in a sentence to pay particular attention to, I want the words to speak for themselves. If the narration had been better then probably the story would have been less a construction of parts and more a seamless enjoyable event.
This book held me enthralled from the beginning to the very end. Many threads run through the story each one opening up another puzzle that had to be solved so that the death of a young girl can finally be understood and the parents allowed to grieve. Each line of enquiry draws you further into the lives of all the characters, unwrapping the folds of their exsistance and exposing the good aswell as the bad and the evil.
Relationships that start out as sound and secure break down as each story line unfolds, but the opposite is also true as people mentally mend they are able to pick up their lives and make them worth living.
An exceptionally good read.
This was Liz's Amazon account so it's her name on it. I'm husband Richard in reality. Please forgive the unintended deception. Love variety.
This is not my first Camilla Lackberg novel and won't be my last, perhaps. The overall storyline was a bit elongated, with the historical thread giving the biggest clue to the modern day protagonist. Somehow, despite the storyline being awash with emotions, anger, revenge, entitlement, I found it very difficult to relate to much that was happening.
More of a problem was the narrator, Eamonn Riley. His voice didn't seem able to convey the emotions, or a suitable pace to his delivery. I always felt that beneath it all he was trying to be a little cheery or something. Can't quite put it into words. What may not have been his fault, but someone on the production side as it's becoming more of a general problem I find, is the lack of a slight pause between chapters or between passages in different settings. On paper this would be clear, but not in narration.
So overall, this is a below par Lackberg story, dropped slightly lower due to narration and production problems. Still listenable, but the competition in this sector of the spoken word market is very strong.
Disappointed that they haven't sorted out the narration yet. There are no pauses between chapters which can be confusing. Other than that I think it's great.
No I would not try another book written by Camilla Lackberg and I would not recommend it either
Plot was initially interesting but it became too muddled and too many strands - there was no coherent theme to follow.
A very dull book: lackluster writing - there is simply no tension in it, no pace. And the narrator himself sounds so bored, it's no wonder the listener is also. I wouldn't bother if I were you.
"Bad writing and bad narration"
This is a very disappointing book. I only listened to the whole thing as I had paid for it but it didn't get better and I won't be investing in any other Camilla Lackberg novels. The writing quality is not good. It's rubbishy and reads like a chick-lit 'crime novel' written by a teenager. Most of it is about babies rather than being a crime novel and the characters are more than wooden - they come across as smug and unreal (not to mention annoying). The narrator is a terrible match too - he has a tone of jollyness all the way through which is not a good fit. All in all, I wish I hadn't forked out anything for this book, it didn't deserve it.
The Stonecutter's beginning suggested a gripping mystery. The set up of plot and MAIN characters assured me of a good "whodunnit." Then one unlikeable and unnessessary character after another was added. The storyline veered from a mystery to how many despicable acts can people commit. I really felt disgusting after finishing this book.
"Fabulous, believable plot ... Worth a look !"
A fast moving story well told and well narrated. A pleasure to listen to. Believable and humanly flawed characters who were going somewhere in a strong plot. More please !
"BEST OF THE FOUR I HAVE LISTENED TO SO FAR."
I thought the narration was superb. The story had me drawn in. Loved it.
"Almost every clichéd character under the sun!"
Note - there may be some spoilers in this review.
I listened to the end and I quite enjoyed the story - it was an agreeable way to pass the time.
Was it a great listen? No.
Was I waiting with bated breath for the denouement? No.
Will I get another book by this author? Probably not.
There were an awful lot of clichés with the characters: the mother with postnatal depression, the religious fanatic, the controlling mother, the abused child, the bumbling policeman, the mentally challenged young man, the child abuser (nothing to do with the abused child), the battered wife...
Need I go on?
There were also bits of the story that seemed totally disconnected. Maybe they related to an earlier book so then they would make sense? I got the feeling they were there to pad out the book or make way for a sequel.
Finally, the narration was good except for some pauses that to me, seemed to be in the wrong places.
"No competition to the slew of Swedish authors."
Someone who has not read or listened to many books.
No. I have enjoyed books by other Swedish authors and I didn't find anything original or thought provoking.
I don't know if any narrator could get inspired enough to do it justice.
I think I'd tell her to try another profession.
"Mrs Camilla doesn't disappoint."
That it goes back in the past (as often for mrs Lackberg) and that it is mainly about families.
It sounded like different people were doing it. So, it was good.
A bit strange was the accent of the readers.
yes, there were moments, especially related to children.
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