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A fisherman at the small town of Fjallbacka pulls out the body of a small girl, she ...
A fisherman at the small town of Fjallbacka pulls out the body of a small girl, she seems to have drowned but soon it is discovered that it is not the case. Police officer Patrik Hedstrom, a new father and friend of the girl’s parents, is put on the case. But Patrik discovers a sinister side of this small town which is much more than he anticipated.
It’s 1923, Agnes a stubborn, rich and spoiled got pregnant by one of her father’s workers. When her father rejects her, Agnes sets in motion events which will have far reaching consequences.
I chose to read The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg because I read one of her previous books, The Ice Princess, and enjoyed it. There is another book in the series called The Preacher which I have not yet read.
This book has a different structure than the previous one I read, the story alternates between past and present, while the time shifts (at the beginning of every chapter and are not confusing one bit) have very little to do with the actual mystery, I felt that they do come together skillfully at the end. I did find the book exciting, Ms. Läckberg’s growth as an author is evident.
The author juggles many issues during the story. Some have much to do with the mystery, some are just to throw the reader off track, and others have absolutely nothing to do with the mystery but simply introduce us to the characters’ psyche and allow growth.
One of the side issues, one that has nothing to do with the story, is postpartum depression which seems to affect many women in Fjallbacka. It seemed that the small town suffers from a case of postpartum depression but I think that we, as a society, don’t recognize how many women this diagnosis. The Ms. Läckberg does recognize the difficulties of stay at home moms. Not only the hard work which goes into taking care of a baby or a toddler, but also the lack of appreciation felt by society at large.
Unbeknownst to the reader, until practically the end of the story, the author spends a lot of time trying to diagnose what lies behind evil. The inherent assumption is that people are made evil, not born (even though that is the case for some) and even if they do something bad, in their mind, they cannot see what they did wrong. Personally I found this aspect of the book the most fascinating and extremely well done, it had me thinking about this issue for days afterwards.
The descriptions of small town life in Sweden are fascinating and filled with imagery. Like any small town, together with the quaint living come small town problems and politics. Swedish society is also represented in this book in all its glory and its dark&
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Posted August 7, 2012
Possible spoiler alert (as a fair disclaimer)
I had read good reviews and thus obtained this as a Nook Book. I absolutely sped through it, it's definitely a page-turner! As it is somewhat inevitable that it has been compared to the Millennium trilogy, I have so say that as dark as it was, I didn't find it quite as harrowing and haunting as The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, but that isn't to say it isn't dark and pretty disturbing on many levels all the same. The themes of motherhood in the novel - or parenting in general - will likely stick with me for some time.
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I do a rotating display at the library on genres and authors. Th
I do a rotating display at the library on genres and authors. This last month I featured Scandinavian authors. I've read many of the authors I featured, but Camilla Lackberg was new to me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Stonecutter is the third book in her series set in Fjallbacka, Sweden that features Detective Patrik Hedstrom.
A local fisherman hauling in his nets draws up an unexpected and grisly catch - the body of a young girl. When Patrik is called to the scene, he is horrified to realize he knows the girl. Further investigation reveals that the drowning was no accident.
The present day chapters dealing with Patrik's investigation are alternated with chapters detailing a story beginning in 1923, set in the same village. The two narratives seemed to have no connection to each other whatsoever in the beginning, but I was fascinated by the older story as well. More and more of the past is revealed with every chapter and I started to get an inkling of where the two narratives might meet. I quite enjoyed having the story slowly but deliciously pieced together. Lackberg has done an excellent job with her plotting - it's intriguing and inventive.
Although Patrik is the lead protagonist, there are other recurring characters that are just as well drawn and developed. Patrik's girlfriend Erica has just given birth to their first child and is having great difficulty coping. His colleagues at the station run the gamut - from keen to lazy to dangerous. The townsfolk are a mixed bunch - all with secrets it seems. I enjoy a series that lets us 'know' the characters and see their lives evolve from book to book.
Lackberg's mystery is excellent, but I also appreciated the depth with which she explored the psyches of all involved - both police and suspects. The theme of relationships is explored in many forms - especially that of parent/child. These explorations were the most frightening parts of the book. There are sub plots never fully wrapped up as well, which was okay - the ending has only left me eager to read the next in the series - The Gallows Bird. A great read and a new addition to my list of must read mystery authors.
Posted October 12, 2012
A great, fast read.
I loved this mystery. I read one of her previous novels and it wasn't as nuanced. This takes place in a small Scandinavian town and has many, many good characters. it changes from current activity of one character to another within chapters often. She also takes you back into the same town in the 20s to follow the lives of two more characters. Give it a chance and I think that you will find yourself reading in anticipation as I am.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2012
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