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The Ice Princess (Fjällbacka Series #1)

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

1st in Patrik Hedstrom series is compelling Scandinavian noir

The Ice Princess by Camila Lackberg is the first book in her Patrik Hedstrom series capitalizing on the popularity of Scandinavian noir. Erica Falck has returned to her hometown of Fjallbacka, Sweden to deal with the estate of her parents, leaving behind an unsuccessful...
The Ice Princess by Camila Lackberg is the first book in her Patrik Hedstrom series capitalizing on the popularity of Scandinavian noir. Erica Falck has returned to her hometown of Fjallbacka, Sweden to deal with the estate of her parents, leaving behind an unsuccessful career and unfulfilled dreams in the big city. Shortly after her return, she discovers the body of her childhood best friend, Alex, frozen in the bathtub, apparently dead by suicide. The two women hadn't spoken in years, but Erica is still driven to discover, at first, why Alex, who seemed to have a perfect life, would kill herself, and later to find the identity of Alex's murderer. Sparks fly between Erica and police detective Patrik, and the two bond over the investigation. The case brings up long buried secrets of the community, including secrets about Erica's own childhood. Lackberg's writing pulls the reader into the story through detailed scenes and creating great tension. She leaves the impression that everyone in this small town is hiding secrets, making Sweden seem very dark and mysterious, the perfect home for noir. The story was compelling and will keep readers guessing. Patrik is a strong lead for future books in the series, and I look forward to reading them!

posted by ChristysBookBlog on August 15, 2011

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A bit disappointing

Author Erica Falck has returned to her small hometown in Sweden to settle her parents' estate. On top of her grief over the loss of her parents, she is under a deadline for the biography she's writing. Taking a break to go for a walk, Erica is hailed by Eilert Berg, t...
Author Erica Falck has returned to her small hometown in Sweden to settle her parents' estate. On top of her grief over the loss of her parents, she is under a deadline for the biography she's writing. Taking a break to go for a walk, Erica is hailed by Eilert Berg, the caretaker for the home of her childhood friend Alexandra, a successful gallery owner. Berg has just found Alex dead of an apparent suicide.

When Erica visits Alex's parents, they are insistent that she would never have taken her own life, and they ask Erica to write a memorial article about their daughter. Her research into Alex's life brings her in contact with an unusual and large cast of characters including Alex's husband Henrik, Anders, a severely depressed artist, and Francine, Alex's sister.

Erica is spending time with Dan, an old school boyfriend, much to his wife's unease. She's being pressured by her sister Anna and her brother-in-law Lucas to settle the estate and sell the family home; even while she worries that Anna is an abused wife. To further complicate her life, Erica finds herself attracted to Patrik Hedstrom, the detective handling the investigation into Alex's death. As Erica and Patrik dig deeper into Alex's life, long hidden family secrets begin to surface, leading them on the trail of the murderer in this Swedish thriller.

THE ICE PRINCESS is a quick read that spends too much time on the personal and romantic relationships and not quite enough on the story. A bit disappointing, it doesn't have the same intensity as most of the books I've read by other Scandinavian authors. Lynn Kimmerle

posted by Lynie on July 4, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Disappointed in this one

    I'm a big fan of Scandinavian crime fiction and this one just doesn't live up to Mankell, Larson, et al. It is a bit plodding and predictable. No central character captures your imagination and makes you really care about the story. The characters are fairly one dimensional and their interactions stilted...and romantacized.

    Not one I'd recommend for the serious reader of Nordic crime fiction. More of a "Murder She Wrote".

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    The Ice Princess

    Erica Falck is a writer who finds the body of a childhood friend in her bathtub with her wrists cut. Although, she hasn't been in touch with this woman for 25 years, she takes it upon herself o investigate her death once she finds out she was murdered. With the help of the cop on the case, Patrick Hedstrom (the both have romantic feelings for one another), they find the death is more than just one person but a hidden secret. It sounds suspenseful, but as others have mentioned, maybe it is in the translation, but the novel did not hold my interest. Although I enjoyed the locale, the characters were not appealing and the plot unremarkable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    The ice princess left me cold

    The worst thing about reading mysteries is that no matter how poorly it is written something t,still compels you to finish it just to see who in fact committed the crime. The best part of this book was the reflective writing writing, detailing the characters inner feelings. The plot was plodding however and the dialogue was quite poor. I did not find this novel to be any where near the leagues of the Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo series, to which it has been compared. Too bad too, I was looking to this author being as good as she was being toted as.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

    The Ice Princess Offers A Woman's Perspective to the Scandanavian Crime Novel Genre

    Scandanavian crime novels promise cold, snowy scenes and interesting place names. For the heat of summer in North American, this genre provides refreshing relief. It turns out Scandavians listen to American music, watch American movies and speak English. So, other than the ice, there isn't much difference between American and Scandanavian crime novels.

    The Ice Princess is touted as the"winner of Best International Crime Novel of the Year." Camilla Lackberg, the author, is praised on the book jacket as "the most profitable native author in Swedish history. Apparently, she even has outdone Stieg Larsson of the Girl With the Dragon Tatoo Fame.

    The author, Camilla Lackberg provides a woman's touch to the genre. She offers a romance between the Nancy Drew type character, Carla Falk, and the investigtor of the Ice Princess murder, Patrik Hedstrom. She even throws in a sexist police chief and a wife batterer, Carla's brother-in-law. This novel could readily be made into a Lifetime channel movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 12, 2014

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    No." She runs to the exit and goes somewere else.

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