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Publisher's Summary

In the latest from worldwide best seller Camilla Lackberg, a new novel from a reclusive Fjallbacka resident has enraptured the community - but what secrets and tragedies are lurking behind the pages and threatening to come to life?
Christian Thydell's dream has come true. His debut novel, The Mermaid, has been published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?
When crime writer Erica Falck, who helped Christian discover and develop his talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the young author's mysterious past. Then one of Christian's closet friends, Magnus, goes missing.
Erica's husband, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, has his worst suspicions confirmed as the mind games aimed at Christian become a disturbing reality. Christian's group of friends - a "gang of four" from childhood - is a tangled web of relationships, love triangles, and family secrets that Erica and Patrik must unravel in order to discover what really happened to Magnus and who is still threatening Christian.
But with the victims themselves concealing evidence, the investigation is going nowhere. Is their silence driven by fear or guilt? What is the secret they would rather die to protect than live to see revealed?
©2015 Camilla Lackberg (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By cristina on 09-24-15

Should have really been three and a half stars

The story development, as usual, was great. And then...the puzzle gets solved. The explanation was too farfetched. I will definitely read the next Camilla Lackberg. I just hope she gives the mystery a little more thought.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bette J. Piacente on 09-17-15

A real puzzler, but...

I enjoyed the psychological ins and outs of this mystery, but in the end I felt manipulated when characters figure things but the reader is left guessing what those details are. Vance is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy his reading. I like the detective and his clever wife and their relationship.
Everything was great until the last paragraph which was just too over the top for me. I won't spoil anything, but I really did not like where I got dropped off - cliff hangers are highly overrated.

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