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Title: The Ice Princess
Author: Camilla Läckberg
Publisher: Published June 15th 2010 by Pegasus (first published 2004)
ISBN: 9781605980928
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4.6 out of 5

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Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will ans Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their own shared past. While her interest grows into an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past.

30 review for The Ice Princess

  1. 4 out of 5

    Masanobu

    I had heard only good things about this book, but it seems this year I'm not being lucky with my readings. In no particular order, the things that bugged me the most were: 1. This is a murder mystery novel, so there are clues the protagonists investigate to resolve it. The only problem is Läckberg tells the reader the clues after everything is resolved. Yes, the reader is excluded from the investigation, i.e. the fun of this kind of books. 2. There are blatant timeline mistakes. For example, check I had heard only good things about this book, but it seems this year I'm not being lucky with my readings. In no particular order, the things that bugged me the most were: 1. This is a murder mystery novel, so there are clues the protagonists investigate to resolve it. The only problem is Läckberg tells the reader the clues after everything is resolved. Yes, the reader is excluded from the investigation, i.e. the fun of this kind of books. 2. There are blatant timeline mistakes. For example, check the dates when Patrik Hedstrom interrogates Dagmar Petren (the old lady who made cakes). Suddenly, it's two weeks earlier. 3. I'm convinced this was romance disguised as mystery. I don't really need to know how Erika and Patrik made love for five times because they are on the "bingo phase" of their relationship. Indeed, I would love if I had never read "bingo phase". Half of the book is spent in these silly things I don't want to read about. Else I would have chosen Danielle Steel! 4. Women. I can't believe this was written by a woman! Every woman in the book was completely dependent on men, did everything to please some man in her life and their hardest worry was to have a fine make-up in every occasion. Don't expect to find a strong-willed, intelligent and independent woman in this book. Except maybe the old Dagmar Petren. 5. "What kind of detective is Patrik Hedstrom?" That was the question that came to mind when I read Patrik, after looking for a long time to Erika, always sees her perfect in every detail and finds wonderful she goes out without make-up, unlike her ex-wife. Of course, Erika always has tons of make-up on and half the times they see each other she's just put on the first items of clothing in her closet. You could attribute that to being in love, but it just seemed like Patrik was stupid. 6. Of course, point 5 might just be the result of Läckberg lack of talent for writing. That might sound harsh, but Läckberg's characters were out of her control. She described everyone in a very wordy way which was pointless, since the characters really weren't as she wanted them to be. 7. It took me forever to read! And I had been hoping for a page-turner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    First published as Isprinsessan in Sweden and in 2004, I read and enjoyed the English translation by Steven T. Murray published in 2010. Lackberg’s prose is spirited and fresh and her contribution to the Nordic Noir genre of crime fiction is well stated. Telling the story of an unusual murder in the Swedish village of Fjällbacka, with some interesting twists and turns, the author’s greatest achievement here is her crisp characterization and filling the narrative with a cast of colorful players an First published as Isprinsessan in Sweden and in 2004, I read and enjoyed the English translation by Steven T. Murray published in 2010. Lackberg’s prose is spirited and fresh and her contribution to the Nordic Noir genre of crime fiction is well stated. Telling the story of an unusual murder in the Swedish village of Fjällbacka, with some interesting twists and turns, the author’s greatest achievement here is her crisp characterization and filling the narrative with a cast of colorful players and some attention-grabbing sub-plots. Most notable is her exploration of themes of family, loyalty and the nature of propriety in a small town. The one failing here, and it is relatively minor, though, is that as good as her characterization is for the most part, some of the antagonists are strawman caricatures with one dimensional fronts and the inconsistency can be distracting. All in all a good murder mystery that is wrapped up tidily with a satisfying end. Also enjoyable was Lackberg’s introduction of two very likable protagonists and the start of a good series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pattie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. TONS OF SPOILERS TO SAVE YOU THE EFFORT OF READING THIS HORRIBLE BOOK: Could this be worse? We have one family that runs a town and the 100% evil, snooty aristocratic mother with TWO sociopathic sons (one natural, one adopted). The natural one rapes both boy AND girl children. The adopted one sets fires and commits fratricide before the age of 12. There's a 100% piggy grope-y police chief without redeeming qualities. There's a 100% piggy, grope-y brother-in-law without redeeming qualities (he pr TONS OF SPOILERS TO SAVE YOU THE EFFORT OF READING THIS HORRIBLE BOOK: Could this be worse? We have one family that runs a town and the 100% evil, snooty aristocratic mother with TWO sociopathic sons (one natural, one adopted). The natural one rapes both boy AND girl children. The adopted one sets fires and commits fratricide before the age of 12. There's a 100% piggy grope-y police chief without redeeming qualities. There's a 100% piggy, grope-y brother-in-law without redeeming qualities (he practically twirls his non-existent mustache). The murder victim is one of the most beautiful women who has ever walked the earth, and she's not only secretly pregnant, but had been secretly pregnant before (and is that her earlier spawn lurking around her parents' house, sulking, perhaps? What a surprise!) The focus of action shifts without explanation from the first main character (a decently sketch-out Brigit Jones-like woman) to a second main character (a decently sketched-out young detective, who has always been in love with the first main character). Several times at the end of a chapter, one of these folks finds a Clue, reads it, is surprised, and puts it in their pocket without sharing with the reader. The detective is credited as being very clever for finding the impression of a note that's been torn off a pad (yeah, good going, Sherlock). The author conveniently finds a will crumpled up in the evil family's trash can (what, shredders haven't made it to Sweden yet?). All the participants in an earlier murder conveniently keep little bookmarks inscribed with the initials of their childhood "gang" name in plain sight for the author and detective to find. At some point, I decided to keep reading only to see what fresh stereotype or abomination waited on the next page. On top of all the bad characterizations and dopey plotting, bad writing abounds. You can't blame the translation, because the guy translates Henning Mankell, and Mankell's gorgeous writing comes through in English just fine. The only pluses were the two surprisingly likable and 3-dimensional main characters, and the vivid setting off- season at a seaside resort town. Plus a lot of careful, interesting and varying descriptions of the coffee people brewed. If the author could write a mystery the way she writes about coffee, this might have been a decent book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LENA TRAK

    Not the best book of the Hedstrom series but it was ok! fast paced as always but I was a bit disappointed by the ending... Not quite what I expected. I think in her effort to avoid a predictable ending, Lackberg chooses an outsider as the killer, which is the reason why I gave this book 3 stars. Lackbergs has an impeccable writing style, so if you are a lover of the genre you should move on with The Preacher and The stonecutter both of which were just shy of 5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beatriz

    No es una obra maestra del suspenso, pero logró mantener mi interés y la intriga por saber quién era el asesino. Además, mezcla varios otros componentes que rondan el entorno de Erica, la protagonista, como la relación que nace entre ella y uno de los policías encargados del caso y la violencia intrafamiliar que sufre su hermana (que a mi parecer no quedó suficientemente resuelta). Me gustó el estilo de Camilla Läckberg y la forma en que va presentando los acontecimientos, por ejemplo, el hecho q No es una obra maestra del suspenso, pero logró mantener mi interés y la intriga por saber quién era el asesino. Además, mezcla varios otros componentes que rondan el entorno de Erica, la protagonista, como la relación que nace entre ella y uno de los policías encargados del caso y la violencia intrafamiliar que sufre su hermana (que a mi parecer no quedó suficientemente resuelta). Me gustó el estilo de Camilla Läckberg y la forma en que va presentando los acontecimientos, por ejemplo, el hecho que los primeros indicios de la investigación nos los traspasara Erica, quien había sido amiga de la infancia de la víctima y que además fue quien la encontró muerta, para luego, pasada la mitad del libro, la batuta la lleve Patrick, el policía que está investigando el caso. Otro recurso que usa mucho la autora es comenzar un capítulo sin aclarar de quién se habla hasta pasadas las primeras líneas o que no se traspase inmediatamente al lector algún descubrimiento que hacen los personajes; esta fórmula que en otros libros me ha molestado mucho, aquí se presenta ágil y forma parte del rompecabezas que hay que completar. Sí reconozco que la novela tiene algún que otro fallo, pero son detalles que no afectan a la trama y que quedan más opacados aún frente a una excelente descripción del lugar y la pequeña comunidad que lo habita. Por último, advierto que no es un thriller repleto de acción, por el contrario, es un libro bastante pausado, que apuesta a que el lector vaya atando cabos junto con los protagonistas para descubrir al asesino.

  6. 5 out of 5

    fleegan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m shocked. The cover of this book boasts that this is an international bestseller. The back of the book says, “Ice-cold suspense from Sweden’s new Agatha Christie.” This book was not very good. Normally I’d say that maybe there was something lost in translation, but I don’t think that’s the (whole) problem. And now a list of grievances: 1. It seemed like all the characters who were good guys were pretty/handsome. And the bad guys (or people you were supposed to dislike) were fat and ugly. There I’m shocked. The cover of this book boasts that this is an international bestseller. The back of the book says, “Ice-cold suspense from Sweden’s new Agatha Christie.” This book was not very good. Normally I’d say that maybe there was something lost in translation, but I don’t think that’s the (whole) problem. And now a list of grievances: 1. It seemed like all the characters who were good guys were pretty/handsome. And the bad guys (or people you were supposed to dislike) were fat and ugly. There was this oversimplification that just felt lazy. 2. There was a subplot (Erica’s sister’s drama) that was never completed. Maybe there’s a sequel? Even still, there should have been SOME kind of mention at the end about it. 3. When one of the characters found a clue (Erica or Patrik) they would find it (in a trash can/drawer/whatever), look at it all, “A ha!” and then move on WITHOUT TELLING THE READER WHAT THE FUCK THEY JUST FOUND. This happened three times. Now, I’m not a mystery author, but I know the damn rules. In fact, you’re probably not a mystery author either, and I bet YOU could even make a guess at some of the rules, yeah? One of the rules is No Evil Twins (unless of course the Evil Twin is made known at the beginning). Another rule? Only One Secret Passage. This book had neither secret passages nor evil twins, but it DID break the rule of When the Detective Finds a Clue He shares It With the Rest of the Class. Now look, I’m all for breaking rules. You want to use an evil twin at the end? Go for it. No one will ever take you seriously again, but go for it. You want more than one secret passage? Fine. It worked for Clue, didn’t it? But I swear on a stack of Edgar Allan Poe books, if your detective finds a clue, and you don’t tell the reader what the hell it even is until much later? That’s bush league. That is hack. That is insulting to the reader and I have no idea why this book was an international bestseller. 4. This book had the slowest pace of any crime fiction I’ve ever read. A slow pace doesn’t have to be bad as long as the story, characters, events are compelling. In this story nothing was compelling. 5. The love story fell flat. I appreciated that there was an almost normal love story going on in the book. But it didn’t add anything to the book. (This is different from most of the Swedish crime fic and it’s desolation and despair.) So I was rooting for the love story, but it, like the character studies (from Grievance #1) seemed too easy and therefore came across as lazy. Plus, they have sex 5 times in one night just like in a boddice-ripping romance novel. But without all the steamy details, which is fine because hey, it’s a mystery, not erotica, however, when you write something like that and give no steamy details but you’re all, “then they did it! like, 5 times!” it’s like it’s written by a 9th grader or something. 6. There was a part where something may have been lost in translation, but not in a, “that sentence makes no sense.” kinda way, but in a, “I think they left out a whole paragraph somewhere.” This big reveal is going on about the lady who was murdrered and her past. It was very important to the story. Then the detective is all, “I’m shocked she had been pregnant before!” and see, the problem is, not in any previous part of the book was this mentioned, nor was it mention in the preceeding paragraphs, where, i think, a paragraph or two must have been left out. because his declaration just made no sense, nor would he have known about her previous pregnancy if he had not just heard it from the character who was telling of the murdered girl’s past. What a piece of shit. Sadly, the book was slow and boring. And because the clues were withheld and paragraphs of info seemed to be totally missing, I have to call this a disaster. Perhaps it’s a much better read in it’s native tongue?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I think there must be something about the Scandinavian winter that just makes murder mysteries darker and more atmospheric and this one, fist in Camilla Läckberg's Fjällbacka series is no exception. Erica Falck, a writer has returned to Fjällbacka after the death of her parents to pack up their belongs and decide what to do with their house. An old childhood friend, Alex Wijkner has also recently been spending some weekends in her old house but just after Erica arrive, Alex is found dead in an ic I think there must be something about the Scandinavian winter that just makes murder mysteries darker and more atmospheric and this one, fist in Camilla Läckberg's Fjällbacka series is no exception. Erica Falck, a writer has returned to Fjällbacka after the death of her parents to pack up their belongs and decide what to do with their house. An old childhood friend, Alex Wijkner has also recently been spending some weekends in her old house but just after Erica arrive, Alex is found dead in an icy bath tub with her wrists slashed. The police investigation into whether Alex's death was suicide or murder uncovers secrets kept for decades and some terrible truths about the past. The novel was a little slow and not as lean as it could have been. The police seemed to miss some important clues and fluff around in the dark a bit too much, and at times it became more cosy mystery than psychological thriller. I felt that Superintendent Mellberg was not convincing as a real character and hope he does last too long in the series. However, I did like the two main characters Erica and Patrik, the young Detective and hope to see more of them in the future.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Raluca

    This has to be one of the worst mystery novels I've read so far. In fact, I'm not even sure if it's supposed to be 'mystery'. More like 'character discovers x clue, reader is not told what it actually contains, character suddenly reveals it much later on in a really dramatic, Scooby-Doo fashion'. And this happened throughout all the book. Then there was the narrative. In the beginning, I thought it was a translation issue. Verbal tenses seemed inconsistent, there was some really awkward phrasing This has to be one of the worst mystery novels I've read so far. In fact, I'm not even sure if it's supposed to be 'mystery'. More like 'character discovers x clue, reader is not told what it actually contains, character suddenly reveals it much later on in a really dramatic, Scooby-Doo fashion'. And this happened throughout all the book. Then there was the narrative. In the beginning, I thought it was a translation issue. Verbal tenses seemed inconsistent, there was some really awkward phrasing, a lot of events seemed to be mentioned more than once without adding anything. But no; that was simply the style of the writer. Dull and repetitive. Sometimes really irrelevant descriptions of places, situations or characters were made. Sometimes those descriptions were retold, just because. Then there were the characters themselves: extremely flat and boring. No spark of intelligence whatsoever (except maybe the old lady with the garden gnomes), no self respect in any of the female characters, no improvement, no complex way of viewing life. In fact, all characters seemed to be tired, bored and exasperated of living itself. Sometimes the description of the narrator or of one of the other characters would go on saying that X or Y was like this and like that, when in fact, X or Y would be way too simplistic of a character to be able to hold onto such an image. As for the mystery itself: once you had all the clues (and boy, was there a problem with them being revealed), it was really logical and dull. No surprises here; no intricate puzzle; just event A leading to event B.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Writer

    After finishing Stieg Larsson's fabulous trilogy, it is only natural for me to hunt for more Swedish authors writing criminal-genre novels and Camilla Läckberg happened to be the next one on the list - at least in my town library's list. It is quite funny how Swedish writers tend to write their books in a batch of three - as a trilogy and Isprinsessen - which literally means "The Ice Princess" in English is the first of the three. Another similarity with Larsson's book that strikes me the most is After finishing Stieg Larsson's fabulous trilogy, it is only natural for me to hunt for more Swedish authors writing criminal-genre novels and Camilla Läckberg happened to be the next one on the list - at least in my town library's list. It is quite funny how Swedish writers tend to write their books in a batch of three - as a trilogy and Isprinsessen - which literally means "The Ice Princess" in English is the first of the three. Another similarity with Larsson's book that strikes me the most is that how the writer described the main character's family relations and background so well that these information would / could be related with what's coming or happening in the next book. It's perhaps a way to make the main character to be more personal and more familiar to the readers. Isprinsessen's heroine is a female writer named Erica Falck, who happened to stumble upon a nasty murder in her sleepy hometown of Fjällbacka, Sweden. The victim is her own childhood friend Alexandra - whom she lost contacted years ago when Alexandra's family moved to Göteborg, a rather large city in Sweden. Erica, who usually lived her hip life in Stockholm, came to Fjällbacka to take care of her parents' house and properties as they recently deceased in a car accident not awhile ago. Apart from that, she was also trying to seek comfort by immersing herself in her childhood environment while at the same time trying to ward off her nasty and dominating her brother and her poor little sister from selling the historical house. It was only coincidence that Alexandra was found dead (and frozen) in a bathtub with both wrists cut during Erica's stay in that town. Alexandra's parents - who refused to believe that her own pretty daughter took her life - begged Erica to write a memoir about Alexandra and uninentionally "provoked" her to find more about her death. What Erica found - among the rubbles of her childhood memories and the town's gossips - was a sheer mystery of the past. It all came down to her on why Alexandra's family moved so sudden to Göteborg, why she broke off the childhood friendship with her and the connection with the missing millionaire's son case back in 1977. She cracked the case with the help of another childhood friend / a small town policeman Patrik Hedström who will appear more in the next two books. Overall, the book was a good reading. It feeds me all the suspense and thriller dose I need to find in a book - especially after having read Larsson's work - and the fact that she wrote well (again, I emphasized that even though the book was originally written in Swedish - I could claim that the Danish version was close to the original considering the two languages' similarities) added another plus to the book. However - yes, there is a however - the mystery wasn't that enticing after it was unravelled. I guess Larsson was much better in creating all the complicated situations with big question marks attached to every characters he put in the book rather than Läckberg. But who am I to judge since this is only the first book. As I read on the back jacket of the book, the second book "Prædikanten" won the Sweden's best criminal novel of the year in 2004 so I can say that I'm very looking forward to reading the second book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Constantinos Sikabrok

    Θετικά στοιχεία: - Πολύ ωραία πλοκή και κατάληξη. (Το κυριότερο) - Αν και σε μερικά σημεία η συγγραφέας ήταν φλύαρη, το θεώρησα εύληπτο και παρουσίαζε τα πράγματα με πολύ ωραίο τρόπο. - Στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του βιβλίου η συγγραφέας χειρίζεται περίτεχνα τις σκέψεις του αναγνώστη. - Δεν μπόρεσα να υποψιαστώ τον δολοφόνο. - Μ' άρεσε που η πρωταγωνίστρια δεν είναι αστυνομικός, αλλά συγγραφέας. - 100% θα διαβάσω τα υπόλοιπα της σειράς. Αρνητικά στοιχεία: - Η μετάφραση χρειάζεται επιμέλεια, καθώς παρατήρησα δ Θετικά στοιχεία: - Πολύ ωραία πλοκή και κατάληξη. (Το κυριότερο) - Αν και σε μερικά σημεία η συγγραφέας ήταν φλύαρη, το θεώρησα εύληπτο και παρουσίαζε τα πράγματα με πολύ ωραίο τρόπο. - Στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του βιβλίου η συγγραφέας χειρίζεται περίτεχνα τις σκέψεις του αναγνώστη. - Δεν μπόρεσα να υποψιαστώ τον δολοφόνο. - Μ' άρεσε που η πρωταγωνίστρια δεν είναι αστυνομικός, αλλά συγγραφέας. - 100% θα διαβάσω τα υπόλοιπα της σειράς. Αρνητικά στοιχεία: - Η μετάφραση χρειάζεται επιμέλεια, καθώς παρατήρησα διάφορα λάθη, από ασυνταξίες μέχρι κι έλλειψη λέξης. (view spoiler)[- Η αστυνομία ανακάλυψε ότι το θύμα ήταν έγκυος, αλλά δεν προέβη ποτέ σε έλεγχο να εξετάσει το γενετικό υλικό και να το ταυτοποιήσει, παρά υπήρχε ένα σύννεφο ασάφειας για το ποιος είναι ο πατέρας. (hide spoiler)] - Μια αστοχία της Καμίλα: μέσα σε δύο σελίδες η μέρα δολοφονίας αλλάζει. Στη μια περίπτωση αναφέρει ότι πέρασαν 3 εβδομάδες και ύστερα απο δύο σελίδες, στην ίδια αφήγηση, αλλάζει σε ενάμιση μήνα.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always like reading books set in Scandinavia and this one gave me lots of lovely descriptions of snow and beautiful Swedish settings. I enjoyed the romance between Erica and Patrik and felt it only added to the overall story. The mystery was suitably mysterious and I solved it just before the police did except that the solution was so horrible I did not want to believe it. I raced my way through this book and only put it down o This was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always like reading books set in Scandinavia and this one gave me lots of lovely descriptions of snow and beautiful Swedish settings. I enjoyed the romance between Erica and Patrik and felt it only added to the overall story. The mystery was suitably mysterious and I solved it just before the police did except that the solution was so horrible I did not want to believe it. I raced my way through this book and only put it down once when I just had to sleep whether I liked it or not. I have not researched yet what else Camilla Läckberg has written but I will be on the look out for more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    James Thane

    Beginning with her 2002 novel, Isprinsessan, Camilla Lackberg has been a popular crime fiction novelist in Sweden. In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the current wave of interest in Scandanavian crime fiction in the U.S., Lackberg's first novel has now been published here as The Ice Princess. Erica Falck, a writer, returns to her small hometown of Fjallbacka, a Swedish fishing village, to deal with family matters in the wake of her parents' deaths. No sooner does she arrive, though, when her Beginning with her 2002 novel, Isprinsessan, Camilla Lackberg has been a popular crime fiction novelist in Sweden. In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the current wave of interest in Scandanavian crime fiction in the U.S., Lackberg's first novel has now been published here as The Ice Princess. Erica Falck, a writer, returns to her small hometown of Fjallbacka, a Swedish fishing village, to deal with family matters in the wake of her parents' deaths. No sooner does she arrive, though, when her best childhood friend, Alexandra Wijkner, is found dead, frozen in her bathtub, an apparent suicide. Alex was a beautiful woman, married to a successful, caring husband and appeared to have a wonderful life. The two women lost touch years earlier when Alex and her family mysteriously left town in something of a hurry, but even though they had not been close for years, Erica cannot imagine why her old friend would have taken her own life. Erica's first instinct is to write a book about Alex's death. Her second is to join forces with another childhood friend, Patrik Hedstrom, in an effort to unravel the mystery. Patrik is the principal detective investigating Alex's death. It soon becomes apparent that the small town of Fjallbacka has a lot of deep, dark secrets, some of them dating back for years, and Erica is determined to root through all of them to uncover the truth about the death of her friend. Inside this four-hundred-page book is a lean psychological thriller struggling to break free. The basic plot is interesting enough, although a lot of readers will usually be at least one step ahead of our heroine. The problem is that there's an awful lot of navel-gazing that one has to wade through. Every few pages the action screeches to a halt while one or another of the characters examines his or her emotional state, and after a while this gets pretty tedious. The characters are also very uneven. Some of them are very well-drawn, complete and interesting; others not so much. There is one central character in particular who's a totally unbelievable cartoonish caricature unworthy of being included in a serious novel. There's also a totally unnecessary subplot involving Erica's sister that intrudes into the story on a regular basis. My other main concern with this book is that the police procedure is often laughable. The police miss obvious clues and neglect to take even basic steps in the investigation, leaving Erica to make discoveries that the detectives should have made very early on. Patrik also allows Erica, a civilian, to take a role in the investigation that no real police detective would ever countenance. Toward the end, the book finally gathers steam and Lackberg produces a fairly interesting and entertaining conclusion. But it does leave one with the distinct impression that this would have been a much better book if the author had gotten to the conclusion a lot earlier. The cover suggests that fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell "will devour" this book, but Lackberg is clearly not in their league--at least not yet. Several others of her novels are soon to be available in the U.S. and perhaps they will demonstrate more conclusively that she is moving to fulfill that claim.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vera

    H Camilla Lackberg είναι η νέα πολλά υποσχόμενη Σουηδή συγγραφέας της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας. Η “Παγωμένη Πριγκίπισσα” καταφέρνει με μέσα από την κεντρική ηρωίδα την η Ερίκα Φαλκ, μια νεαρή συγγραφέα να μας χαρίσει ένα ξεχωριστό μυθιστόρημα γεμάτο μυστήριο και αγωνία χωρίς να παραλείπει να εστιάσει στον τρόπο ζωής και στις αξίες της σουηδικής κοινωνίας. Η αγάπη, η μοναξιά, η ενδοοικογενειακή βία, ο αλκοολισμός, η παιδοφιλία παρουσιάζονται άλλοτε διακριτικά και άλλοτε άμεσα γύρω από τον άξονα τ H Camilla Lackberg είναι η νέα πολλά υποσχόμενη Σουηδή συγγραφέας της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας. Η “Παγωμένη Πριγκίπισσα” καταφέρνει με μέσα από την κεντρική ηρωίδα την η Ερίκα Φαλκ, μια νεαρή συγγραφέα να μας χαρίσει ένα ξεχωριστό μυθιστόρημα γεμάτο μυστήριο και αγωνία χωρίς να παραλείπει να εστιάσει στον τρόπο ζωής και στις αξίες της σουηδικής κοινωνίας. Η αγάπη, η μοναξιά, η ενδοοικογενειακή βία, ο αλκοολισμός, η παιδοφιλία παρουσιάζονται άλλοτε διακριτικά και άλλοτε άμεσα γύρω από τον άξονα της δολοφονίας της Άλεξ, που βρίσκεται νεκρή μέσα σε μία μπανιέρα από την παιδική της φίλη, την Ερίκα. Η μικρή κοινωνία αναστατώνεται από ένα τόσο τραγικό γεγονός και η Ερίκα, σε συνεργασία με την τοπική αστυνομία, προσπαθεί να εξιχνιάσει το έγκλημα. Η ΄Αλεξ, αν και νεκρή έχει διαρκή παρουσία στο μυθιστόρημα μέσα από τις αναμνήσεις των οικείων της. H Camilla Lackberg με φόντο τη Φιελμπάκα προβάλλει την κλειστή και ψυχρή κοινωνία της Σουηδίας. Εξαιρετική η μετάφραση. Σίγουρα η “Παγωμένη Πριγκίπισσα” είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο της Lackberg που διάβασα αλλά όχι το τελευταίο.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hugo

    Se é a Agatha Christie que vem do frio não sei, até porque Christie não nasceu propriamente num país tropical. O que Camilla Läckberg fez muito bem foi inserir um crime incomum num local pacato que conhece como ninguém (Fjällbacka, na Suécia, é afinal a localidade onde a escritora nasceu), criar uma teia de personagens com passados bem estruturados e segredos recônditos, e convidar o leitor a deslindar tamanha urdidura, o que torna a tarefa de pousá-lo muito difícil. Deixou ainda propositadament Se é a Agatha Christie que vem do frio não sei, até porque Christie não nasceu propriamente num país tropical. O que Camilla Läckberg fez muito bem foi inserir um crime incomum num local pacato que conhece como ninguém (Fjällbacka, na Suécia, é afinal a localidade onde a escritora nasceu), criar uma teia de personagens com passados bem estruturados e segredos recônditos, e convidar o leitor a deslindar tamanha urdidura, o que torna a tarefa de pousá-lo muito difícil. Deixou ainda propositadamente certos aspectos por desvendar, não relacionados com o crime, mas que fará qualquer leitor curioso e com aversão a pontas soltas querer ler o segundo volume da série [asap].

  15. 4 out of 5

    Στάθης Νατσαρίδης

    Ένα ακόμα καλογραμμένο αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα από τη Σκανδιναβία.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vera

    H Camilla Lackberg is a new promising Swedish author of crime fiction. The "Frosted Princess" manages through its central heroine Erika Falk, a young writer to give us a unique novel full of mystery and suspense without failing to focus on the lifestyle and values of Swedish society. Love, loneliness, domestic violence, alcoholism, pedophilia presented sometimes subtly and sometimes directly around the axis of the murder of Alex, who is found dead in a bathtub by her childhood friend, Eric. The H Camilla Lackberg is a new promising Swedish author of crime fiction. The "Frosted Princess" manages through its central heroine Erika Falk, a young writer to give us a unique novel full of mystery and suspense without failing to focus on the lifestyle and values ​​of Swedish society. Love, loneliness, domestic violence, alcoholism, pedophilia presented sometimes subtly and sometimes directly around the axis of the murder of Alex, who is found dead in a bathtub by her childhood friend, Eric. The small community is disrupted by such a tragic event and America, in cooperation with local police, trying to trace the crime. The Alex, though still has a lasting presence in the novel through the memories of their of. H Camilla Lackberg with background Fielmpaka bringing the cold and closed society of Sweden. Excellent translation. Surely the "Icy Princess" is the first book of Lackberg I have read but not the last.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I am giving this a 3.5. Pretty darn good mystery here. The very end may be a bit far fetched but it is fiction after all. The author did keep me guessing throughout the whole book. There is a romance in this mystery (which usually bugs the crap out of me but for some reason this one didn't). One thing that did irk me is that author does mention how some of the characters feel about their physical image quite a bit. Since this is mystery it felt a bit out of place (for me) in this setting. It mad I am giving this a 3.5. Pretty darn good mystery here. The very end may be a bit far fetched but it is fiction after all. The author did keep me guessing throughout the whole book. There is a romance in this mystery (which usually bugs the crap out of me but for some reason this one didn't). One thing that did irk me is that author does mention how some of the characters feel about their physical image quite a bit. Since this is mystery it felt a bit out of place (for me) in this setting. It made me wonder if the author focuses on other peoples physical images in her own life. But all-in-all I did enjoy it and will be reading the second installment for sure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    Partamos de la base de que el libro no es gran cosa. Pero que si buscas simplemente algo con lo que entretenerte, cumple de sobra su función. Tiene algunos fallos que me resultarían intolerables en el caso de que me hubiera tomado esta lectura en serio, pero como no lo ha sido, simplemente me resultan anecdóticos: En primer lugar, la distribución cronológica de los hechos es confusa. Más que confusa, diría que está incluso equivocada, aunque no pondría la mano en el fuego por esta afirmación. Sól Partamos de la base de que el libro no es gran cosa. Pero que si buscas simplemente algo con lo que entretenerte, cumple de sobra su función. Tiene algunos fallos que me resultarían intolerables en el caso de que me hubiera tomado esta lectura en serio, pero como no lo ha sido, simplemente me resultan anecdóticos: En primer lugar, la distribución cronológica de los hechos es confusa. Más que confusa, diría que está incluso equivocada, aunque no pondría la mano en el fuego por esta afirmación. Sólo es una impresión. Además, la trama está montada a base de los famosos cliffhangers tipo "entró en la casa y encontró un papel en la basura y se quedó pensando en lo que acababa de leer pero no te lo revelaré hasta dentro de unas cincuenta páginas para resolver de golpe todo el misterio". Desarrollar la historia de este modo puede servir una o dos veces, pero me parece una forma vaga de escribir si se abusa demasiado de ella. Pero vale. Y lo último es la absoluta carencia de naturalidad de los diálogos. Al final dejé de notarlo, pero no hay ni un solo diálogo que no pareciera sacado de una función de teatro hecha por alumnos de primaria. Por otro lado Patrik, uno de los protagonistas, me parece adorable. ADORABLE, os digo. Y por eso lo quiero. Y con eso compensa casi todo el libro, porque mi criterio para decidir sobre la calidad de los libros suele basarse en cosas tan banales como esta. Y también ha sido una de las pocas veces en la que no averiguo el asesino a las pocas páginas de haber comenzado a leer el libro. Esto es un plus, porque al menos, consigue mantenerme enganchada hasta el final por muy malo que sea todo lo que envuelva a la historia. Es entretenido. Sirve para leerlo bajo la sombrilla. Leeré los otros dos.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Sinceramente... estava à espera de algo mais frenético. Recomendações de outros thrillers mais entusiasmantes? Anyone?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Now that I had a night to sleep on it, I thought I share some of my thoughts about this book. First of all, let me tell you that if you love this book, that is ok. I love some really terrible books and I am not ashamed of it and neither should you. Nevertheless, I want to talk a bit about why this book just did not work for me. When I suggested this book as a read for my Read Around the World Bookclub it was on the basis of the marketing for this book as a "hard-hitting Scandi-crime novel that e Now that I had a night to sleep on it, I thought I share some of my thoughts about this book. First of all, let me tell you that if you love this book, that is ok. I love some really terrible books and I am not ashamed of it and neither should you. Nevertheless, I want to talk a bit about why this book just did not work for me. When I suggested this book as a read for my Read Around the World Bookclub it was on the basis of the marketing for this book as a "hard-hitting Scandi-crime novel that explores the difference in Swedish society between rich and poor, small town Sweden...". I expected something a bit like Mankell, bit like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I prepared myself to be scared and freaked out by the descriptions of horror that humans inflict on each other. Instead, I read a book that claims to be a hard-boiled crime story, but in fact it is a cozy mystery pretending that it is not a cozy mystery. Now, don't get me wrong, I do love a cozy mystery now and then. They are honest about what they are, reading one, I expect outragous storylines, crazy people, over description of everything and outlandish crimes with weird motives. And here is my main problem with the book, it's just not honest what it is about. It is cozy set in a Swedish backwater with a bit of romance thrown into the mix. I found the writing to be terrible and I don't think it's a translation error, Murray is a well respected translater of Swedish. The portrayal of each woman being dependent on a man or the opinion of a man or the action of a man was a throwback to the 1950ies. Erica's obsession with Weight Watchers, her thoughts on urinary tract infections or analysing her weight and her eating all the time, was at first amusing towards the end downright annoying. Laeckberg is so judgey of women's appearances. They are either too skinny or too fat. Some could do with a good haircut. Her obsession with interior design reflecting the people's personalities in this book, because you know if you don't have hardwood flooring, you are a bit frumpy. Just deal with it. By the time, the conclusion comes around, you will no longer care about who murdered the victim. I cared, however, because as I predicted that it would feature childhood abuse (referred to quite often as "assault" which made me livid to say the least). As a survivor, I have so many issues with childhood abuse portrayal in books, and this book has hit a new low. The beautiful woman who is withdrawn from everyone and cannot love anyone and does not share anything, the talented artist who has to drown his painful experiences in drink and the successful businessman that has become a psychopath himself. No real reflection on what has happened to these people, but then what did I expect, after all, there is no character development in this book whatsoever, so surely reflection is just too much to ask. In short: This was the worst book I have read (and finished) and a very long time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bắp

    Nói chung cuốn này đối với mình chỉ tầm tầm thôi, ko thật sự đặc sắc. Truyện có thể nói là hơi bị ít plot twist hoặc cũng có thể nói là hơi bị nhiều plot twist chưa đủ nặng đô :| Chưa kể mình thấy nội dung các kiểu lỏng lẻo, nghiệp vụ điều tra không được đầu tư chú trọng (đặc biệt là công tác khám nghiệm hiện trường và bảo vệ hiện trường), phá án dựa nhiều vào tình cờ và may mắn, có quá nhiều nhân vật mà mình tự hỏi sự xuất hiện của họ để làm gì và sao phải miêu tả kỹ tới thế. Truyện này chắc phù Nói chung cuốn này đối với mình chỉ tầm tầm thôi, ko thật sự đặc sắc. Truyện có thể nói là hơi bị ít plot twist hoặc cũng có thể nói là hơi bị nhiều plot twist chưa đủ nặng đô :| Chưa kể mình thấy nội dung các kiểu lỏng lẻo, nghiệp vụ điều tra không được đầu tư chú trọng (đặc biệt là công tác khám nghiệm hiện trường và bảo vệ hiện trường), phá án dựa nhiều vào tình cờ và may mắn, có quá nhiều nhân vật mà mình tự hỏi sự xuất hiện của họ để làm gì và sao phải miêu tả kỹ tới thế. Truyện này chắc phù hợp với phụ nữ hơn vì thực tế văn phong của nó rất nữ tính, nhẹ nhàng, gợi cảm, nhiều chi tiết "ngôn tình", không rùng rợn, không kinh dị và không 1 tiếng súng. Định cho 2 sao nhưng nghĩ 1 hồi thì thấy 2 sao nặng tay quá và hóa ra như thế lại bằng điểm với Nhà Giả Kim à :| châm chước cho lên 3 sao vì dù gì phụ nữ viết trinh thám cũng nên được châm chước, lại là tác phẩm đầu tay :3 Nhưng quả thật mình vẫn không hiểu tại sao cuốn này được trao Giải Thưởng Lớn Văn Học Trinh Thám (theo như ở bìa sau nói), cũng không hiểu nốt về việc cô này còn thỉnh thoảng đc ca ngợi là "Swedish Agatha Christie" (theo như lời lão Wiki nói). Agatha của em có thể sẵn sàng cho thám tử hay cảnh sát của mình soi tới từng con vi khuẩn một tại hiện trường chứ không như này đâu các bác :| Điều rút ra sau cuốn sách : viết truyện trinh thám rất chi là khó, chắc sẽ khó hơn viết truyện tình. Gần như ai chẳng muốn được yêu thế nên mấy cái truyện tình thường dễ gây đc sự đồng cảm. Tới mức cho dù mô típ rốt cuộc vẫn chỉ là từ abc đến xyz ngày này qua tháng khác thôi thì người ta vẫn mua về đọc nhan nhản. Trinh thám thì khác, gần như chả ai muốn được...ám sát cả thế nên lòng mề khó đồng điệu :3 Khó đồng điệu y như 1 bác nông dân và 1 bà bán trà chanh. Trong khi bác nông dân hồn nhiên biểu diễn kỹ nghệ lấy chổi tre quét rau để làm cho rau có vết thủng, xước như kiểu bị sâu ăn cho bọn phóng viên chúng nó ghi hình thì tôi đố ông nào quay đc cảnh các mẹ trà chanh phố cổ pha trăm cốc như một chỉ trong vòng nửa phút đấy :v P/s : không có nhiều hiểu biết về sinh lý học cho lắm nhưng mang thai ở tuổi đấy có khả thi không nhỉ, có gì vô lý không? :|

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    I enjoyed the book, Camilla Lackberg's first, although there were a few issues/unlikely scenarios in the book which were not resolved to my satisfaction and I felt the ending was a bit of an anti-climax. I am a fan of the TV series Fjallbackamorden and it was interesting to see how Erica's character had started out. The book deals with the issues of child and spousal abuse, the outcomes of keeping dark secrets and telling lies in the guise of protecting those one loves. I enjoyed it enough to purch I enjoyed the book, Camilla Lackberg's first, although there were a few issues/unlikely scenarios in the book which were not resolved to my satisfaction and I felt the ending was a bit of an anti-climax. I am a fan of the TV series Fjallbackamorden and it was interesting to see how Erica's character had started out. The book deals with the issues of child and spousal abuse, the outcomes of keeping dark secrets and telling lies in the guise of protecting those one loves. I enjoyed it enough to purchase the next book in the series The Preacher and look forward to seeing how Camilla's writing style progresses.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dorian

    Pretty dreadful. I'm not quite sure how I read the whole thing--in little bits and pieces over the semester, I think--maybe that prevented me from seeing its full lameness? Dunno. Turns out not all Scandanavian crime fiction is fantastic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Menia

    πρώτο βιβλίο που διαβάζω από Λάκμπεργκ και έμεινα αρκετά ικανοποιημένη. πλούσια ιστορία, με εντάσεις και αγωνία

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mery_B

    3'75 El daño del silencio no se puede reparar.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Light and shade... Erica Falck has returned to her home town of Fjällbacka to sort out the belongings of her parents who have recently died. But she is soon in the middle of the investigation into the death of her childhood friend, Alex, found frozen in her bathtub with her wrists slit. At first it looks like suicide, but it soon becomes clear that she was murdered. Alex and Erica had been very close as children but had grown apart as children do, and then Alex and her parents had left the town. Light and shade... Erica Falck has returned to her home town of Fjällbacka to sort out the belongings of her parents who have recently died. But she is soon in the middle of the investigation into the death of her childhood friend, Alex, found frozen in her bathtub with her wrists slit. At first it looks like suicide, but it soon becomes clear that she was murdered. Alex and Erica had been very close as children but had grown apart as children do, and then Alex and her parents had left the town. So Erica feels personally involved in wanting to know what happened to Alex in the intervening years, and who would have a reason to kill her. The detective who's investigating the case, Patrik Hedström, is another friend from childhood, but when they meet again after all these years their relationship quickly becomes something more than friendship. This is the first book in the Patrik Hedström and Erica Falck series. I'd previously read a later one, The Stranger, and enjoyed it a lot, so wanted to go back and read the books in order. Quite often the first book in a series can be disappointing as so much time has to be given over to character development, and authors sometimes take a couple of books to really get into their stride. But I didn't feel that at all in this case – this is an excellent debut, with a strong plot and with two main characters who very quickly become people the reader can like and care about. Patrik and Erica's new found feelings for each other are handled beautifully. There's enough humour to stop it from being at all soppy and Läckberg makes the whole romance element quite straightforward – no bitter, vengeful ex-partner, no misunderstandings etc. The whole thing comes over as very natural and realistic and, because both characters are strong and attractive, the match feels like one that will last. I loved the way the viewpoint shifts between them so that we are able to see what each is thinking. At one point as Patrik is on his way to Erica's, we see her rushing about desperately changing clothes and re-doing her make-up in an attempt to achieve that carelessly casual natural look – and when he arrives the view shifts to him, and we see him being completely fooled by it and thinking she's one of these rare women who doesn't need to try. Lovely! By contrast, the plot concerning the reasons for Alex's murder is quite dark, and there is a sub-plot concerning Erica's sister who is in an abusive marriage, so there's plenty of meat in the story. Although Erica does a little unofficial poking around, the bulk of the investigation is done as a police procedural. Fjällbacka is a tiny place, so the police aren't used to dealing with murders, and apart from Patrik most of them would rather not have their routines disrupted. So Patrik more or less takes the case over, and we see him as a dedicated officer without any tediously maverick tendencies. On the downside, Patrik's boss is drawn as the stereotypical incompetent bully in this book, though from memory that aspect seemed to be toned down quite a bit by the time of the later book that I read. The translation by Steven T Murray is excellent – it doesn't read like a translation at all, and none of the touches of humour get lost. Well written, with two likeable leads characters and a great mix of light and shade in the plot, this one has left me looking forward eagerly to catching up with the rest of the series. www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    2,5* "Είσαι ερωτική,ευφυής,υπέροχη στο κρεβάτι,αλλά πάνω απ'όλα,και πιο πάνω κι απ'αυτό,είσαι υπέροχη στην κουζίνα.Τί παραπάνω μπορεί να ζητήσει ένας άντρας...;" Αποσπάσματα σαν το παραπάνω με έκαναν να στριφογυρίζω τα μάτια μου κάθε 10 σελίδες.Στερεοτυπικές χαζομαρίτσες,κλισέ στην υπόθεση,απόκρυψη στοιχείων,και η πιο-Mary Sue-πεθαίνεις πρωταγωνίστρια Ερίκα συνέβαλαν στη χαμηλή βαθμολογία.Το ίδιο κι ορισμένες ανούσιες περιγραφές,που περισσότερο θύμιζαν chick-lit,παρά αστυνομικό.Δεν έχω κανένα πρόβ 2,5* "Είσαι ερωτική,ευφυής,υπέροχη στο κρεβάτι,αλλά πάνω απ'όλα,και πιο πάνω κι απ'αυτό,είσαι υπέροχη στην κουζίνα.Τί παραπάνω μπορεί να ζητήσει ένας άντρας...;" Αποσπάσματα σαν το παραπάνω με έκαναν να στριφογυρίζω τα μάτια μου κάθε 10 σελίδες.Στερεοτυπικές χαζομαρίτσες,κλισέ στην υπόθεση,απόκρυψη στοιχείων,και η πιο-Mary Sue-πεθαίνεις πρωταγωνίστρια Ερίκα συνέβαλαν στη χαμηλή βαθμολογία.Το ίδιο κι ορισμένες ανούσιες περιγραφές,που περισσότερο θύμιζαν chick-lit,παρά αστυνομικό.Δεν έχω κανένα πρόβλημα με τα chick-lit βιβλία.Έχω πρόβλημα με το να μου πλασάρεται ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο ως αστυνομικό,και μάλιστα από τα καλύτερα. Ο Πάτρικ ήταν ο μόνος χαρακτήρας που συμπάθησα,αλλά ακόμη κι αυτός είχε τα θέματά του.Όλοι είχαν τα θέματά τους,πέρα από τη μικρή θεά Ντάγκμαρ Πετρέν.Η υπόθεση με απογοήτευσε αρκετές φορές,ορισμένα στοιχεία που αποκαλύφθηκαν στο τέλος τα καταλάβαινες εύκολα από την αρχή,ενώ άλλα δεν μπορούσες να τα καταλάβεις γιατί σου έκρυβε τα στοιχεία που ανακαλύπτονταν (view spoiler)[ (βλέπε Νταν,διαθήκη,κλπ) (hide spoiler)] και σου αφαιρούσε τη χαρά. Είχε όμως και θετικά.Η Φιελμπάκα και η κοινότητά της σε προσκαλούν στο μικρόκοσμό τους,και παρά τη θέλησή μου βρέθηκα να αναρωτιέμαι πώς συνεχίζονται οι ζωές τους.Θα διαβάσω κι άλλα βιβλία της σειράς,για 2 λόγους: 1)Μου αρέσει το κλίμα της Φιελμπάκα και θα΄θελα να διαβάσω κι άλλες περιπέτειες των κατοίκων της,όσο κι αν δεν τους πολυσυμπάθησα.Ίσως μ'αρέσει και λίγο να τους κοροϊδεύω,δεν ξέρω.Φράσεις όπως "Θεέ μου,τί χάπατο!" πέρασαν πολλές φορές από το μυαλό μου ενώ διάβαζα το βιβλίο. 2)Οι τόσες καλές κριτικές δεν μπορεί να κάνουν τόσο λάθος-ίσως το βιβλίο να πάσχει επειδή είναι το πρώτο της σειράς.Ίσως τα επόμενα να είναι καλύτερα.Πείτε μου οσοι έχετε διαβάσει.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pinkerton

    Di giallo, mystery, o che dir si voglia, questo libro ne ha solo la parvenza. Una protagonista un po’ Bridget Jones un po’ eroina da romanzo per casalinghe inquiete, e poi… il suo boyfriend. Una storia piena di personaggi caricaturali niente affatto performanti e fini a se stessi, distinti da una netta linea di demarcazione tra buoni e cattivi. Ovviamente quelli positivi (che comunque qualche difetto devono averlo se non si chiamano Erica o Patrik) rivestono un mero ruolo marginale, non sia mai Di giallo, mystery, o che dir si voglia, questo libro ne ha solo la parvenza. Una protagonista un po’ Bridget Jones un po’ eroina da romanzo per casalinghe inquiete, e poi… il suo boyfriend. Una storia piena di personaggi caricaturali niente affatto performanti e fini a se stessi, distinti da una netta linea di demarcazione tra buoni e cattivi. Ovviamente quelli positivi (che comunque qualche difetto devono averlo se non si chiamano Erica o Patrik) rivestono un mero ruolo marginale, non sia mai che vadano ad offuscare il dinamico duo. L’indagine di per sé è appena abbozzata, per la maggior parte del tempo nemmeno ci si cura dei delitti tanto la trama è improntata sulla comunità di persone che ruota attorno alla coppia protagonista. Ogni volta che si fa qualche progresso sull’omicidio uno dei due ci arriva con una sorta di “mi è venuta in mente una cosa…” e tramite collegamenti logici assai fragili e piuttosto banali il lettore si ritrova così, spiazzatamente, allo stadio successivo nel percorso verso la risoluzione del caso, con un’espressione tipo: “Wtf?” Almeno la lettura è scorrevole, tranne quando l’autrice fa arenare la trama in lunghe e tediose riflessioni sull’intimità della vita privata di Erica Falck, la scrittrice di Fjällbacka, e il suo “uomo del Bingo”.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Luís Miguel

    Relembro - principalmente a mim próprio - que certo tipo de policiais abdica da acção para construir as suas personagens, com uma característica chave que guia as suas acções do início ao fim. Não esperem evolução das escassas camadas de personalidade desta gente. Também, os pormenores técnicos da investigação que deveriam ser rotineiros (como procurar os últimos números de telefone marcados pela vítima) acabam por servir de peças escondidas do puzzle ou o facto da narração ser directa até decidi Relembro - principalmente a mim próprio - que certo tipo de policiais abdica da acção para construir as suas personagens, com uma característica chave que guia as suas acções do início ao fim. Não esperem evolução das escassas camadas de personalidade desta gente. Também, os pormenores técnicos da investigação que deveriam ser rotineiros (como procurar os últimos números de telefone marcados pela vítima) acabam por servir de peças escondidas do puzzle ou o facto da narração ser directa até decidir esconder as descobertas do leitor, para depois desenrolar o texto todo mais à frente. Não fosse a história sórdida (até pouco explorada) tinha poucos motivos de interesse. Um deles seria a vila de Fjallbacka e um ou dois personagens dignos de nota (ex. o Sr. Eilert Berg que abre e fecha o livro). Enfim, cada vez mais tenho em querer que o policial nórdico é uma moda demasiado branda para mim. Felizmente, dá para apreender alguns traços culturais desses países, que tenho vindo a apreciar.

  30. 4 out of 5

    محمد مختار

    رواية بوليسية من الدرجة الأولى حبكة أكثر من رائعة، والكثير من القصص الفرعية الرومانسية والإجتماعية التي أغنت النص كثيرا الرواية بتحكي عن كاتبة بتسافر إلى مسقط رأسها بعد موت والديها في حادث سير بتستقر لفترة إلى أن تسوي أمور الجنازة والدفن، في ظل هذه الأثناء بتكون هي أول من يرى جثة صديقتها من أيام الطفولة مقتولة في منزلها وبتبدأ التحقيقات اللي بتأكد إن في جريمة حدثت وبيتم وضع المشتبه بهم، في ظل التحقيقات بتحدث قصة حب بينها وبين الشرطي المسئول عن القضية، كان أحد زملائها أيام الطفولة ومعجب بيها من زمان ا رواية بوليسية من الدرجة الأولى حبكة أكثر من رائعة، والكثير من القصص الفرعية الرومانسية والإجتماعية التي أغنت النص كثيرا الرواية بتحكي عن كاتبة بتسافر إلى مسقط رأسها بعد موت والديها في حادث سير بتستقر لفترة إلى أن تسوي أمور الجنازة والدفن، في ظل هذه الأثناء بتكون هي أول من يرى جثة صديقتها من أيام الطفولة مقتولة في منزلها وبتبدأ التحقيقات اللي بتأكد إن في جريمة حدثت وبيتم وضع المشتبه بهم، في ظل التحقيقات بتحدث قصة حب بينها وبين الشرطي المسئول عن القضية، كان أحد زملائها أيام الطفولة ومعجب بيها من زمان الحبكة أكثر من رائعة، بتحتوي على أحداث وقعت منذ ربع قرن وظلت في الذاكرة إلى أن طفت على السطح وتسببت في الجريمة من أكتر الحجات اللي عجبتني الإهتمام الشديد بالتفاصيل، أنا شايف البطلة كويس أوي وشايف لبسها في مختلف المشاهد، وشايف كإني بتفرج على فيلم أول موعد وأول ليلة قضيتها مع صديقها، استقبلتو ازاي وطبخت ايه وشربو ايه واتكلموا في ايه وكل واحد فيهم كان بيفكر في ايه وكل واحد كان معجزة قامت بتبديد وحدة الآخر النجمة الناقصة بسبب السذاجة الطفيفة في حديث بعض الشخصيات أنصح بقراءة الرواية

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