Acclaimed Swedish author Camilla Grebe makes her solo American debut with a psychological thriller as cunning in its twists as it is captivating in its storytelling—for fans of the celebrated crime fiction of Camilla Läckberg, Jo Nesbø, Ruth Ware, and Fiona Barton.
Winter’s chill has descended on Stockholm as police arrive at the scene of a shocking murder. An unidentified woman lies beheaded in a posh suburban home—a brutal crime made all the more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. But this time there’s a suspect: the charismatic and controversial chain-store CEO Jesper Orre, who owns the home but is nowhere to be found.
To homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson, nothing about the suave, high-profile businessman—including a playboy reputation and rumors of financial misdeeds—suggests he conceals the dark heart and twisted mind of a cold-blooded killer. In search of a motive, Lindgren and Olsson turn to the brilliant criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. Once a valued police asset, now marooned in unhappy retirement and a crumbling marriage, she’s eager to exercise her keen skills again—and offer the detectives a window into the secret soul of Jesper Orre.
But they’re not the only ones searching. Two months before, Emma Bohman, a young clerk at Orre’s company, chanced to meet the charming chief executive, and romance swiftly bloomed. Almost as quickly as the passionate affair ignited, it was over when Orre inexplicably disappeared. One staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that her runaway lover was to blame and transforming her confusion and heartbreak into anger.
Now, pursuing the same mysterious man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong.
Praise for The Ice Beneath Her
“Exceptional.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Impressive . . . a tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The Ice Beneath Her deserves to be called a page-turner—I read it in one sitting! The narrative is fast-paced and the twists superb.”—Cecilia Ekbäck, bestselling author of Wolf Winter
About the Author
Camilla Grebe was born in 1968 in Alvsjo, Sweden. She holds a degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and was a cofounder of audiobook publisher Storyside. Together with her sister Åsa Träff she has written five celebrated crime novels. The first two books in that series were nominated for Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year. Grebe has also co-written the popular Moscow Noir trilogy.
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Five stars. Great Story telling. Writting doesn't get any better than this.
Whew! Just got back to the States from a quick trip to Stockholm Sweden. I had the uncanny ability to peek into the personal lives of 3 very different people and witness (from a safe distance) their meandering paths that soon cross. That’s what it feels like after finishing this read. Emma really got my attention. She’s the embodiment of an unstable, mentally sick product from a loveless and angry childhood. I clearly understand why she ticks the way she does, thanks to the author’s quick glimpses into Emma’s memories. Emma was enjoying the perfect relationship with a rich and powerful man, until the fateful night he abandoned her, never showing for their engagement meal. He wouldn’t answer her calls, avoided her at his office, turned off his phone and even moved from the apartment where they had shared so many memorable moments. He stole her money and her valuable painting then turned her pet cat out into the cold night, never to be seen again. Emma is spurned. Emma is hurt. Emma wants vengeance. And you’re pulling for her to get it. He’s got it coming. Meanwhile, Peter is a detective on a team assigned to solve a gruesome murder. Hanne is a psychologist hired to assist in understanding the murderer. The clues are eerily similar to a 10-year old unsolved crime. Both of these people have issues, nothing nearly as bad as poor Emma, but a history and longing for one another. These 3 unique personalities (unique being mild in Emma’s case) are quickly heading towards each other. Who does what? How do all the clues fall into place? Will I maintain my shared anger with Emma for being spurned; my frustration with Peter for being an absent father; my sympathy for Hanne as she struggles with a controlling husband and the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s? If you want a quick escape from your own issues and don’t mind having to stay up late to keep reading, this book is for you. A great read on these cold, rainy and dreary winter days / nights with a blanket and a comfy chair. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Ballentine and NetGalley for making it available.)
I have to say that though the writing was good and the story told from three first person points of view I did not really like any of the people doing the narrating. The story was one of a crazy person killing people but for some reason I found it highly unbelievable that such a person could be out and about doing what was done over a period of time without anybody realizing they were not right in the head. I did not really have empathy for any of the characters except for the victims. I am not sure if I was expecting something different or if in fact this is a style of book that is just one that does not appeal to me. I did not find it to be frightening or suspenseful or chilling…it was more a character study with many unhappy people at the center of the story with very little for any of them to look forward to. That said, I am sure there are readers who love this type of book and they will be thrilled to read it. Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Publishing for the copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.