The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka Series #5)

The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka Series #5)

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by Camilla Läckberg, Simon Vance

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A Nazi medal, a blood-stained baby shirt, and decades-old diaries surface among a dead woman’s hidden possessions, with lethal consequences for those she left behind.

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A Nazi medal, a blood-stained baby shirt, and decades-old diaries surface among a dead woman’s hidden possessions, with lethal consequences for those she left behind.

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Publishers Weekly - Audio
This latest visit to Läckberg’s Fjällbacka, a tourist resort on Sweden’s southwest coast, finds homicide detective Patrik Hedström on paternity leave, caring for baby daughter Maja, which frees his wife, author Erica Falck, to finish a book about her late mother’s life. When news arrives of the brutal murder of the retired Marxist history teacher Erik Frankel, Patrik is asked for advice. Erica, meanwhile, has just discovered a connection between her mother and Frankel dating back to the WWII years. The lengthy novel leaps back and forth, from the present-day investigations to 1943–1944, when Erik and Erica’s mother become embroiled in the Nazi occupation of neighboring Norway. There are also a number of subplots, populated by numerous characters. Following a story this complex as it moves backward, forward, and sideways can be a bit daunting, but narrator Vance does his best to keep us on track. He presents the expository passages in a crisp, immaculately paced British accent, and slips with seeming ease into a vast assortment of vocal intonations for the characters, each of whom distinctive enough to identify immediately. Läckberg sketches out of what feels like half the population of Fjällbacka and Vance’s narration add detail and color. A Pegasus hardcover. (May)
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

“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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Library Journal - Audio
Rich in suspense, history, characters, and especially secrets, this fifth entry in Läckberg's Swedish detective series (after The Stranger) is exciting and thought provoking, with a fast-paced plot that addresses past and present-day prejudices and their consequences. After crime writer Erica Falck made the puzzling discoveries of a Nazi war medal and diaries among her late mother's possessions, she reached out to a friend of her mother's for answers. He evaded her questions, then died violently several days after speaking with her. Falck's husband, Det. Patrik Hedstrom, is pulled into the investigation. For those who enjoy the sometimes hilarious relationships among the members of the Fjällbacka police force and the complex conflicts and ties among the Hedstrom and Falck families, this is a must-listen. Some new characters are introduced and minor characters given more of the spotlight—all are well drawn and essential. Beautifully narrated by Simon Vance. VERDICT An excellent entry in a solid series. ["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," read the review of the Pegasus Crime hc, LJ 4/1/14.]—Sandra C. Clariday, Tennessee Wesleyan Coll., Athens

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.”
“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.”
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.”

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HighBridge Company
Publication date:
Fjällbacka Series, #5
Edition description:
Unabridged; 17 hours
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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