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Summary

A woman who has everything....

People would kill to have Faye Adelheim’s life. She lives in an ultra-swanky apartment in the most exclusive area of Stockholm, she has a gorgeous husband who gives her everything she’s ever wanted and she has an adorable daughter who lights up her world. Faye’s life is perfect.

So how is it, then, that she now finds herself in a police station?

The truth is that Faye’s life is far from what it seems. The truth is that Faye isn’t even her real name. And now she’s been caught out. There’s no way she’s going to go down without a fight. The only question is – who will escape with their life?

©2020 Camilla Lackberg (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A top-class Scandinavian crime writer." (The Times)

"A sexy, sensational novel with intoxicating vengeance and an unexpected tenderness." (Karin Slaughter)

"Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror." (Guardian)

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sexist rant

I guess the author got the rough end of a divorce prior to writing this rubbish.
According to this book all men are stupid unfaithful sex addicts incapable of thought when their trousers are lowered and are only a success because of their clever wives who reign supreme and defeat them by using their astonishing and under appreciated superior intellect.
This is frankly the most sexist book I've had the misery of listening to. If it were the other way around and written by a man he'd be had up for sexual prejudice and berated for female stereotyping!

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Not for me

I love the Patrick Hedstrom novels by this author but found this tedious beyond, had to give up with 7 hours to go which is unusual for me.

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5 stars!

My first book by Camilla Lackberg and what a great surprise! Her writing style is wonderful and you would not know the book wasn't originally in English (in fact the grammar is better as no colloquialisms). Intriguing storyline and the narrator did a superb job, her voice was perfect for the main character. (There are a few sex scenes so just a warning for those who might not like that).

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Too feminist and frustrating

The story itself wasn’t very enjoyable, I’m a Camilla fan and I’ve read loads of her books in Danish and the stories have been interesting, but this one seems too much about revenge and there is too much swearing in it, making it all sound too cheap. I’ve pretty much lost interest after the first few chapters.
I will finish it, but I also find one of the narrator’s voices annoying, there is a constant lip smacking and swallowing noise that is way too disrupting. Not to mention her inability to pronounce place names correctly. “Chamonix” (Sends shivers down my spine).

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Excellent

Wonderful revenge thriller, suspenseful and satisfying. Can’t recommend this book and this author highly enough.

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Best Writer

Faye is very smart but very needy from an horrific childhood and all she wanted was a good marriage. It is not difficult to understand why she set up her father and husband but why did she have to kill unimportant Victor who was forgotten in the book as soon as she walked away? That is the dark part. I listen with ear pods; there was no sudden blasting music and the narration didn't offend my ears. Excellent story, I have read all her books and would rate this one more that five.

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great book

loved it and now I'm looking for the next to listen too by Camilla

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Fabulous plot

The listener is deliberately kept guessing about what led to the events described at the beginning. The resolution was worth the wait.

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Different to her other books

I have read several of Camilla Lackbergs books, this is quite raunchy compared to her others so you wouldn’t really want to listen to it on a car journey with others! Having said that I enjoyed it.

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Swedish?

The reader could have tried to get some feel for Swedish placenames etc. So annoying when all Swedish words were so badly pronounced. Also story not up to Camilla’s usual standard. Would not recommend this.