The Ice Princess (Fjällbacka Series #1)

The Ice Princess (Fjällbacka Series #1)

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Ice Princess 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
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
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best storytelling, but an easy read. Not to be compared with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Sweden comes through strong and clear in this debut novel translated brilliantly by Steig Larsson's translator. It read like Romance in sections because the sentiment veered into phrases like "I hoped I looked pretty enough for him..." and "his strong arms enveloped me..." As murder mysteries go, this was relatively harmless: two suspicious deaths and two beatings. The real puzzler for me was the original crime on which all this was premised. The life-changing violence of the original crime would not be covered up today, and granted, the crime happened years ago, but one has difficulty swallowing this one. Too many people involved and the crime too heinous and with too many ramificiations...it's very close to unbelieveable. Coffee-drinking is alive and well in this Swedish mystery. Prepare a strong brew and enjoy this reading experience.
Sheryl Edwards More than 1 year ago
after reading tthe sample i haad to buy it. The characters were well-developed, the story line fast-paaced. Worth the money aand I look forward. to her next book.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, the suspense became unbearable. The author, although Scandanavian has such a command of thought provoking language. The whole drama unfolded and had a surprise for me at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh yeah! Finally a good book you can't put down. Loved how many times it had you thinking it was one person and it ended up being someone else. Highly recommend.
honoliipali More than 1 year ago
A bit slow starting off but it does pick up. I found the story sufficiently engrossing to read the next in the series. I did enjoy the story but felt a little let down by the ending. In reality a 3.5 star rating is more accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Sam007 More than 1 year ago
If you want a change from all american thrillers, this is your book. The story takes place in a small town in Sueden during winter. It seems very slow at first and yet, when you start it, it is difficult to let it go!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and loved it from the start!! A great read for mystery lovers with dark side understanding..... with those twists were just when you think you have it figured out it takes an unexspected turn
LaylaCD More than 1 year ago
This is a very engaging setup, the murder is intriguing as well as the characters. however, much too much time is spent on the love story of the main character & her childhood sweetheart. This attention increases as the book goes on and interferes with the mystery plot. I loved the mystery, but am seriously hesitating to buy another by this author.
Loyzee More than 1 year ago
I just found Camilla Lackberg and love her books.
SCanell1 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific murder mystery with some twists that were a bit unexpected. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to the second and third in this series...
nanamo More than 1 year ago
I normally don't purchase drug store books, but needed one in a hurry. This really was fast reading, held my interest. Will purchase another. Better than Sandra Brown books, anyday!!!
SimpleMeSB More than 1 year ago
Catches me at first, has potential. But then the small details TOO implausible. Can't mention or give away for new reader. I want a good, gritty mystery story. I am not fond of all the home-y details of kids which try to bring the story into the realm of down to earth, reality in midst of horrible crime. Too much detail about how two characters lives were intertwined in the past. And Julia. As homely as she is made out to be, why so homely. Gorgeous family members would not produce ugly duckling. Trivial, maybe yes, but I found myself annoyed with all of this. The back cover blurbs compared Lackberg to Sweden's Mankell and Larsson. NO WAY.. Sorry.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With the death of her parents, biographer Erica Falck returns home to Fjallbacka, Sweden to close their estate. She quickly realizes you cannot go home as the town has changed from a coastal fishing port to a booming tourist attraction. However, when she goes to see her childhood friend Alexandra Wijkner, she finds the woman's wrists slashed in a tub of icy water; an apparent suicide victim. The grieving author considers writing a novel based on Alex. As her abusive brother-in-law Lucas persuaded his wife Anna and the third sister Marianne, he demands Erica sell her parents' home to take advantage of the thriving market. Erica begins to look into what happened to Alex. Erica meets Patrik Hedstrom, the detective investigating the death. As they team up looking into Alex's death and begin a personal relationship, the pair finds anomalies even while someone wants the darkest secret kept concealed. This is an exciting Swedish investigation in which the suspects provides their perspective; a technique that enhances the mystery. The town in many ways steals the story line as Fjallbacka is booming yet ironically decaying. The cast is as solid as the wintry ice, but though I cannot believe a cop on an investigation would allow a writer, especially one that he is seeing, to tag along, fans of Swedish whodunits (see the Wallander police procedural by Henning Mankell) will enjoy this engaging mystery. Harriet Klausner
GaryLC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery. I will definitely read more.
SquirrelyChick More than 1 year ago
I don't know why but I have fallen in love with Swedish writers. It started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I love the imagery and the characters of this book. The writing was was done and the plot contained twists and turns that I didn't see coming.
LibraryMaiden More than 1 year ago
This was a great addition to the Swedish wave. The characters were interesting and play well against each other. The plot was a little thin but the story flowed with exuberance. As a librarian, I recommend it to patrons who enjoyed "The Girl Who" series and have had many coming back to tell me how much they enjoyed reading it. I look forward to more books from this author
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