The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka Series #5)

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The brilliant new psychological thriller from worldwide bestseller Camilla L?ckberg?the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe?s past.
Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother?s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family?s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother?s circle...

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Overview

The brilliant new psychological thriller from worldwide bestseller Camilla Läckberg—the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe’s past.
Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/17/2014
Läckberg’s excellent fifth novel set in the Swedish coastal village of Fjällbacka (after 2013’s The Stranger) finds Det. Patrik Hedström on paternity leave, looking after his toddler daughter, Maja, though that doesn’t stop him from taking her to a crime scene, much to the chagrin of Patrik’s wife, Erica Falck. Someone struck elderly Erik Frankel, an expert on Nazis, a fatal blow to the head in the house he shared with his brother, Axel, who tracks Nazi war criminals. Is the historian’s murder related to the uptick in neo-Nazi activity? Meanwhile, Erica has a connection to the victim. She recently asked Erik to examine a Nazi medal that she discovered among the possessions of her late mother, Elsy. Flashbacks to WWII describe how Elsy, the Frankels, and others befriended a young French Resistance fighter. Horrific secrets come to light as the author skillfully shows how the past has influenced recent events. Agents: Bengt Nordin and Maria Enberg, Nordin Literary Agency (Sweden). (May)
New York Post
“What could be darker than Nordic crime fiction? Nordic noir with Nazi war criminals!… You might want to think twice about reading this at home alone at night.”
Maureen Corrigan - NPR
“If Camilla keeps producing mysteries as richly textured and downright breathtaking as her latest, who knows? Maybe, one day, we might be identifying Agatha Christie as ‘the British Camilla Läckberg.”
Ann Rule
“Fire and ice! Masterful suspense as compelling as secrets lying far beneath the dark sea. Läckberg is the perfect crime novelist who combines her gift for intriguingly complicated plots and a keen understanding of the ‘grotesques’ who live among us. Erotic and terrifying.”
The Washington Post
“One of those mysteries that ruin a vacation. Take it to the beach and your eyes will be so locked on its pages, you’ll never even know there’s an ocean in front of you.”
People Magazine
“Eerie. Läckberg will keep you guessing.”
Library Journal
03/01/2014
The fifth book in the Det. Patrik Hedström series (The Stranger) finds Patrik starting his paternity leave so his wife, crime writer Erica Falck, can work on her new book. However, when a retired history teacher is murdered near their home, Patrik finds it impossible to stay away from the investigation. Erica is stunned to discover that the victim, Erik Frankel, was a man she had visited months earlier when she found a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Erik was among her mother's close circle of friends during World War II, and Erica had hoped that digging into her mother's past would help explain why she was always so emotionally distant. But after two more members of this circle die, Erica and Patrik realize that her mother's wartime diaries may be the key to solving the murders and giving Erica peace of mind. VERDICT Once again Läckberg has written an exciting, fast-paced mystery. Though the flashbacks to the 1940s can be distracting, this secondary plot is just as intriguing as the main story line. Though dealing with the serious subjects of extremist groups and prisoners of war, the novel has its humorous moments. Recommended for the author's fans as well as lovers of Scandinavian mysteries.—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-20
Three months ago, Erica Falck asked a collector of Nazi memorabilia about a medal she found among her mother's effects. Now he's discovered dead from a blow to the head, and the question of who killed him is only the first of many mysteries. Best-selling Swedish author Läckberg (The Stranger, 2013, etc.) returns with her fourth novel about the crime-solving team of Erica Falck and her husband, detective Patrik Hedström. Their adorable daughter, Maja, has just turned 1, Erica's ready to return to her work writing novels (though she won't be going far—just to the upstairs study), and Patrik's embarking on four months of paternity leave. But Erica can't concentrate, because Patrik keeps interrupting her with parenting questions and her mother's diaries tempt her like a siren's call. Maybe the diaries will explain why her mother was so emotionally distant. They're filled with stories about her friends back in the 1940s, including Erik, the historian recently found dead; Axel, who joined the resistance during World War II, running dangerous missions; Frans, who grew up to be a politically active neo-Nazi; and Britta, a foolish girl who adored Frans. When Patrik takes Maja out for a walk one afternoon, he stumbles upon his colleagues and joins them in examining the crime scene at Erik's home. Patrik and Erica are pulled deeply into the developing investigation. Soon the line between good and evil blurs as they delve into the complicated history of Swedish involvement in the war. Meanwhile, Erica's sister Anna tries to broker peace between her new husband and stepdaughter, and Patrik's gruff boss, Mellberg, adopts a dog and takes up salsa dancing. Läckberg deftly layers the dark details of the crime upon the disturbing seeds of its origin. Fans of Nordic noir will appreciate this taut, twisty mystery enriched with historical detail.
Booklist
“Once again Läckberg has written an exciting, fast-paced mystery. . . . [The] secondary plot is just as intriguing as the main story line. . . . Recommended for the author’s fans as well as lovers of Scandinavian mysteries.”
Library Journal
Mystery Scene
“Lesser narrators might be challenged by meshing two eras and an enormous cast of characters. However, Simon Vance’s transitions are smooth, and his narration fluid despite myriad emotions and the author’s complicated plot. . . . Vance enhances the story’s comic relief, parenting struggles, and culture clashes through outstanding characterizations, all the while reflecting the building tension.”
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From the Publisher
“Fans of Nordic noir will appreciate this taut, twisty mystery enriched with historical detail.”
Kirkus Reviews

“An intricate, layered, and often subtle novel.”
Mystery Scene

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605985534
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 5/15/2014
  • Series: Fjällbacka Series , #5
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 49,519
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Camilla Läckberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. Her novels have all been #1 bestsellers in Sweden, and she is the most profitable native author in Swedish history. She was recently the #1 bestselling female author in Europe, and her novels have been sold in thirty-five countries. Her previous novels include The Stonecutter and The Stranger, which is available from Pegasus Books. Camilla lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    Synopsis

    Worldwide bestseller Camilla Lackberg's best novel yet - a brilliantly plotted psychological thriller in which a young woman must face the darkest chapter of Europe's past! Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family's past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother's circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedstrom, Erica's husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother's wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica's past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    WW2 thread in modern days crime fiction, powerful, engaging read

    WW2 stories upset me and I usually avoid them in my pleasure reading, but Camilla
    Lackburg has a way of weaving a story and history that make for such interesting reading, i decided to try this book. I would say the genre is historical plus modern fiction, and also crime fiction, so multi genre. A moving story with many twists and turns. I like how the author shows the viewpoints of all the major characters, not just one. I love the writing style and that it pays off to pay attention to details. I learned some new things and thought a lot about this book. Excellent.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Great read, prob her best story in the series

    Book was great. As one review sayys the plot slows at times but it never drags so bad to where you lose interest, the reason for the slow moving plot at times is due to the switching from present scenes to past ones as well as getting all the angles from every character that is invested in the outcome..... all in all I wouldn't change a thing! She kept my interest through out and kept me guessing as to who was responsible and why it took place like it did. Read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    Very disappointed in this book. The plot drags, all could have b

    Very disappointed in this book. The plot drags, all could have been better told in half the time, how do books get starred? Are reviewers afraid to really give an honest review,I enjoyed this authors early books, but did not finish this, merely flipped ahead.Two stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    WOW

    I thought this started out a little slow, and I had a hard time figuring out who was related to whom but managed to sort it all out. Once I got that taken care of, I couldn't put the book down. Surprise ending for sure!!

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    Posted August 16, 2014

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