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The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka Series #5)
     

The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka Series #5)

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by Camilla Läckberg
 

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Now in paperback, 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

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Now in paperback, 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 . . .

Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.”
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.”
AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

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

The New York Times Book Review
“There should be a better word for a mystery that runs on for 500-plus pages, stuffed with multigenerational back stories for key characters and detailed subplots about the domestic affairs of the married sleuths, their friends, colleagues and former spouses. How about calling it a historical-biographical-romantic-domestic-police-procedural-crime-and-love saga? Intriguing. Lackberg has whipped up a respectable plot.”
USA TODAY
“Of all the mini-Larssons who have arrived on these shores since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sweden's Camilla Läckberg may be the best – more engaging than Henning Mankell, never as shrill or melodramatic as Jo Nesbo, as tight a plotter as Jussi Adler-Olsen. This is another terrific read.”
Crimespree Magazine
“Well-plotted, carefully translated and well written. Highly recommended.”
Midwest Book Review
“Of consistently high quality, well-plotted, carefully translated and well written. Highly recommended.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605985916
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Publication date:
05/08/2014
Series:
Fjällbacka Series , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
36,404
File size:
2 MB

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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The Hidden Child 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
wiseowlMN More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Although this was well-written, it just never held my interest enough to finish it. Very disappointed because I can usually find SOMETHING to like about a book, but I finally gave up and archived it.
connie37 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
My friend got me started on this series several years ago and I look forward to each new book. I sat down and cried at the end, it was that emotionally enthralling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read - Great who done it didn't know again till the end.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This Swedish author has written eight novels, of which this is the fifth to be published in the United States. The first, “The Ice Princess,” was widely accepted as on a par with the best of the recent Scandinavian noir novels. As with that debut book, this novel also is set in the small fishing village of Fjallbacka and is a police procedural. Camilla Lackberg continues the series with Detective Patrik Hedstrom taking a four-month paternity leave to care of their young daughter, Maja, and other domestic duties, and enable his wife, Erica, to write her new book. After a tough beginning, especially getting acclimated to his new duties and missing his professional work, things develop in unexpected ways. To begin with, Erica discovers some old artifacts, including an Iron Cross, belonging to her mother which leads her to divert her attention to learn more about her parent. Erica shows the medal to a retired history professor, a specialist in Nazi history, who is murdered shortly thereafter. Another murder of an elderly woman adds to the mystery, especially since the two victims were childhood friends. Are the crimes related? The plot continues with a dual thrust, with Erica pursuing knowledge of her mother and the police investigating the crimes. And the information developed becomes intertwined. The novel, as its predecessors in the series, is of consistently high quality, well-plotted, carefully translated and well written. Perhaps most important, the characters are natural, every-day types of people, living typical lives and working hard. The plots move forward with logic, and the loose ends come together at the end smoothly, although in a completely unexpected manner. Highly recommended.
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ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
Patrik Hedstrom is on paternity leave from the local police force so that his wife Erica Falck, who is a crime writer, can finish her next book without have their daughter Mia underneath her feet, but his curiosity gets the better of him when a murder occurs. Erica's mother was always extremely distant and unloving. She provided for her girls, for Erica has a sister Anna, but there was no loved shown to them by their mother. So when Erica goes through her mother's things and finds a Nazi war medal, a child's dress with old dried blood on it, and several of her mother's diaries she decides that it time to find some answers to why her mother was the way she was toward her and her sister, what was in her mother's past that was linked to these objects that could explain the person her mother had become?  This quest to find out more about her mother's past leads her to a local man, Erik, who is a retired history teacher and the local history buff on World War II. Local history buff may be putting it lightly, Erik was actually obsessed with World War II especially the German military and had collected many considerable artifacts over the years, he also lectured quite extensively on the atrocities that the Nazis's had committed. Erik's obsession could be attributed to his past, his older brother, Axel, was captured by the Germans because he would ride over to Norway from Sweden on fishing boats to work with the Norwegian Resistance. Axel was kept in a work camp and treated horribly but he survived and returned home after being liberated and this is where the drama starts. The story goes back and forth through time, with flashbacks to 1943 and then back to the present. Erica and Patrik are surprised to learn that the local murder victim was Erik whom Erica had taken that found medal to only days before his death. So Elsy, Erica's mom; Britta, Elsy's best friend; Erik, our WWII buff; and Frans, a man full of prejudices and who was in love with Elsy, where all close friends back in 1943. When Axel was captured they endured it together but not long after returning home from a different trip, then the one Axel was captured during, Elsy's father brought with him a young man by the name of Hans Olavsen who had stowed away on the boat. Hans lives with Elsy's family and soon him and Elsy fall in love and Elsy soon finds herself in the family way, if you know what I mean. But what does Elsy really know about Hans, other than what he tells her? Chaos soon ensues once Axel returns home and outs Hans as a liar. A secret from the their past has finally come back to haunt Britta, Frans, Erik and Axel; one that had changed their friend Elsy's life forever and turned her into the unloving mother Erica remembers. Full of heartache, murder, deep prejudices, and friendship Camilla Lackberg takes you on a trip through the past so that we may understand the present. I didn't know this was a book in a series but just had heard how good it was so I picked it up when I was at the library, but I have since added all her books in this series to my to-be-read list. Though a translated work, which I usually have a bit of frustration with because they feel like the writer is just telling you a story instead of making you a part of it, The Hidden Child, sucked me right in and wouldn't let me go long after I turned the last page. I still think about this book and human deceit even though it has been weeks since I finished it.
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BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
Patrik and Erika are enjoyable 'stars' of these novels. I looked forward to each new novel. Books 6 thru 9 are not available in Nook format yet. I hope that they will be offered when they are.
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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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Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I think Camilla Läckberg's motto is “You should have seen it coming.  But you didn't.”  If it isn't, then maybe it should be, because that's the way I feel at the end of every one of her novels. In “The Hidden Child”, crime writer Erica Falck tries to solve the mystery of why her late mother's belongs might include a child's dress with what appears to be dried blood on it, along with a Nazi medal.  She takes the medal to a local expert in hopes of obtaining some information – but soon afterwards, he turns up dead.  Could the two events be related? Läckberg cleverly intermixes the story of Erica's inquiry with the murder investigation of her husband, Detective Patrik Hedström and his colleagues (or more correctly, his colleagues, as Hedström is on paternity leave – or is supposed to be), then intertwines both with a tale from the final days of World War II that most readers will immediately realize will prove to have some bearing on current events. The strongest aspect of Läckberg's novels – indeed, a common trait among many of the Scandanavian mystery/thriller contingent – is the strong emphasis on characterization, both leads and supporting.  By the time you finish one of the Falck / Hedström tales, you will not only determine “whodunnit” BUT will also be treated to several interweaving stories involving their family and co-workers. In short: Camilla Läckberg continues to be one of my favorite active writers.
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. I finally guessed the killer before the end but I could hardly believe it; it was just unlikely. The characters were well developed and relatable. I think Scandinavian authors have a different slant than other western authors--the plots are a little darker and it's not just the same old story written differently. Really good read.