The Preacher (Fjällbacka Series #2)

The Preacher (Fjällbacka Series #2)

by Camilla Läckberg
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The Preacher: Patrik Hedstrom Series, Book 2 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
duffyholder More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the setting, the complex story. My only complaint has to do with the TERRIBLE proofreading job done on this book. I read The Ice Princess also, and found no errors. The Preacher became almost annoying to read and follow the complex story because I had to fill in missing words, misspelled words, mechanics errors. I also plan to write the publisher
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A small boy plays among the rocks of a well-known Swedish tourist spot. A policeman sleeps beside his heavily pregnant wife. A rebellious teen heads home. There's an oppressive summer heat hanging over all, and then there's a dead and very curiously positioned body. The scene is set for an exciting Swedish mystery, and the reader is pulled into the lives of a large and varied assortment of characters, each viewing the world in their own different ways, each hiding secrets as they navigate the world of conventional, and unconventional, courtesy. Twisted relationships reveal themselves smoothly, each hint and detail leading to the next, keeping the reader glued to the page. And the Preacher, past or present, is a complex, conflicted character. As Patrik investigates death, Erica struggles with the weight of new life inside and old relationships intruding on every breath. Recent murder contrasts with long-forgotten crime. Sodden rain contrasts with oppressive heat. And families, with all their attendant tribulations, become a recurring theme. Meanwhile the family once famous for miraculous healing proves inadequate to the task of healing itself. The novel grows darker as clues appear and disappear, like sun between clouds. The story is satisfyingly twisted, the characters complex, and the sense of time and place very real; an enjoyable dark suspense with a well-drawn Swedish setting, solid police-work, and a cast of characters well able to support a series. I suspect from some comments in the story that this isn't the first of the series, but it's a perfectly good place to start. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review; I enjoyed the read but struggled with some formatting errors, hopefully fixed in the final copies.
Monica Gilliam More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. I. tried to figure out the ending but just could not figure it out. GREAT STORY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
execellent!!a really great writer,lookingforward to stonecutters.an ideal book for abookclub.mystery readers will love her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read both this and The Ice Princess and I'm impressed with how she weaves in the varying threads to create a cohesive story. Can't wait for the next one.
JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
I don't often read fictional crime novels from foreign authors, because all too often I find something lost in the style of American vs. European works. Three differences come to mind:  First,, the motive for a crime spree in European novels is rarely anything except madness on the perpetrators part. Second, I often find European authors will present the personal storyline of a minor character for quite a while and then just abruptly drop it, and Third, many of the books don't seem to be  standalone works, but rather continue with a story into their next book. Despite the fact that this book was no exception to those three things, I still found myself carried along with the story. Many of the characters were interesting and while it would have been nice to inform readers whether Ericka gave birth to a boy or a girl at the end of the book--considering that every mention of her focused on her discomfort during pregnancy--and I also would have liked to know what became of her sister, I assume the author wants me to purchase her next book to find out. The reader is given no indication that this is an installation in a series, but you find out as you go along. That took away from the book, but it didn't make it unreadable or unenjoyable. 
Grammykf More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Have recommended it to several people. Surprise ending!
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I liked this book, but it was a little 'discombobulating' for me. Not as good as the first two. TOO many different characters that were included .... not really a part of the story.
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CrystalAnnie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I ordered the next one.
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I could not put the book down. It kept me guessing and wondering throughout the whole story. The way the author blends story lines together is very refreshing and unusual.
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ginnyle More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. I want to read all her books as available! Hope they keep translating them! I could hardly put it down and the characters are so interesting.
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BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
Along with Larsson, Nesser, Mankell, Roslund & Helstrom, this is an author I enjoy reading. I've put her The Stonecutters on my to-read list. Fast moving fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Far-fetched and full of characters who do not have any common sense and a bunch of keystone cops headed by a delusional chief. The main characters are also problematic...
Adaptoid More than 1 year ago
It doesn't bother me that many readers are able to find value in this pathetic excuse for a novel, but to have professional critics compare it to the likes of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo is inexcusable. At the start I, too, considered the translation to be sub par but after further reading I recognized the writing as the lowest level of pedestrian and, worse yet, condescending. Lackberg should have kept her job as an economist. This book is absolute garbage.
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