The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1)

Paperback | April 5, 2011

byCamilla Lackberg

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The psychological thriller debut of No.1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.Returning to her hometown 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 memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to 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 the small town with a deeply disturbing past.

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The psychological thriller debut of No.1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.Returning to her hometown 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, ...

Camilla Lackberg is a worldwide bestseller renowned for her brilliant contemporary psychological thrillers. Her novels have sold to 55 countries with translations into 38 languages. She has sold over 10 million copies to date and was Europe's ninth bestselling author last year.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pagesPublished:April 5, 2011Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007416180

ISBN - 13:9780007416189

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Read I was so excited to jump into my first Camilla Läckberg! I love Nordic Noir and crime fiction, and couldn’t wait to dive in. Eric Falc, a writer who has returned to her home town of Fjällbacka, finds the body of a childhood friend who has committed suicide. She has trouble understanding why someone who is beautiful, successful, and with a husband who loves her dearly would come to such an end. She begins working with detective Patrik Hedström to uncover the details of her death. Along the way more death occurs, terrible secrets are revealed, and the truth uncovered is unexpected and disturbing. Oh, and there’s a love connection between Erica and Patrik. This was a nice escapist read with a few interesting characters, and I will be continuing with the next in the series, The Preacher. This certainly wasn’t an amazing literary work, or the best crime fiction book that I have read, but I am intrigued enough to carry on! I believe this was Läckberg’s first book after a drastic career change, and there are some passages that give the reader insight into her style as a crime writer: The material was increasingly taking on the form of a crime novel, a genre to which she’d never felt particularly attracted. It was people – their relationships and psychological motivations – that she was interested in; she thought that was something most crime novels had to give up in favor of bloody murders and cold shivers running down the spine. She hated all the cliches they used; she wanted to write about something genuine. Something that attempted to describe why someone could commit the worst of all sins – to take the life of another human being. There was a side story about Erica’s sister and her abusive husband that didn’t wrap up at all – I really hope that there is more about this in the next book. That said, there were just enough twists to keep this interesting, and I look forward to seeing Läckberg’s voice develop in the next installment. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Mystery Very well written in terms of suspense and character development. Almost every chapter ends on a cliff hanger that makes you want to keep reading. Lots of twists in the plot that keep you guessing from start to finish.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good in it's context While not centered around the solving of the murder, the story gives a precedent for the stories that chronologically follow it, and is an entertaining read.
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from reads like fanfiction Pretty let down with this book as i saw it was recommended and was looking for a well-written murder mystery/crime novel. Found the writing was not well done, and reads like someone wrote online fanfiction (and I've read better fanfiction online!) Not sure if it is a translation issue or just poor writing in general. Also felt it was very high school with some of the drama and way characters are reacting.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Feeling a little let down... The Ice Princess, reading more like what I imagine a crime-novel would read like, is centered on solving the murder of a young woman named Alex, who at first appears to have taken her own life. Erica, Alex’s childhood friend, is a writer and happens to be the second person to see Alex’s dead body. She is quickly invested in trying to solve this mystery, being somewhat driven by now wanting to write a book about Alex’s life and death. The police detective on the case is Patrik Hedstrom, a man that used to have a huge crush on Erica in their younger years. These two quickly form a romance and work together to help solve this crime. The Ice Princess promises to be “heart-stopping...a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing”; “Expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror”. My heart neither stopped, nor did I ever feel a sense of blood-curdling horror. I was actually quite disappointed. I was ready to be scared, to have my heart beat fast, and to not be able to read this book right before bed. So needless to say, I feel a little let down. http://letseatbooks.blogspot.ca/2012/03/ice-princess-by-camilla-lackberg.html
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing My grandmother intorduced me to another one of her books; the Hidden Child and I found this book just as amazing as the last. I recommend for young readers and adults to read Camilla's mystery books.
Date published: 2011-09-28

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Praise for The Ice Princess':'Heart-stopping and heart-warming, 'The Ice Princess' is a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing' Val McDermid'Camilla Läckberg is a more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian crime writers translated into English. With its sharp emotional nuances and psychological insight, 'The Ice Princess' builds in suspense as the author turns her clear eye on the buried secrets and contemporary relationships of a small, isolated community. I predict that Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as poplular here as they are in her native Sweden' Peter Robinson'Another top-class Scandinavian crime writer reaches the British market' The Times'A welcome new voice in crime fiction' Woman & Home'Has a brooding quality redolent of its barren Swedish landscapes. intriguing and not a little disturbing' Irish Times'Chilly, deceptive and lucid, just like the icy environment it describes' Literary ReviewEuropean reviews for The Ice Princess:'The plot is simply superb, in an almost Agatha Christie-style. The cast of characters emerge with clarity and feel quite genuine. secrets come out in the 331-page book that bring about more things than murder. I read it in one go. A book that you can't put down' Sala Allehanda'Camilla Läckberg is a Crime Queen' Bild am Sontag'Strong portrayals and ice-cold suspense from Sweden's new Agatha Christie' My Life'Ingenious' Metropol'This is unputdownable. Läckberg keeps the thrills coming until the very end' Viva'Camilla Läckberg was voted Swedish Writer of the Year for 2005. Bring on the next one!' Crimezone.nl'An amazingly mature, well thought-out and exciting criminal novel. Läckberg stands out as the best first-time offender of the year' Jury