In the fishing community of Fjällbacka, life is remote, peaceful—and for some, tragically short. Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance 20 years ago of two young holidaymakers in the area. Now a young boy out playing has confirmed this grim truth. Their remains, discovered with those of a fresh victim, send the town into shock. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom, expecting a baby with his girlfriend Erica, can only imagine what it is like to lose a child. When a second young girl goes missing, Hedstrom’s attention focuses on the Hults, a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics and criminals. The suspect list is long but time is short—which of this family’s dark secrets will provide the vital clue?
“Läckberg’s many-layered story features plot twists and turns galore. Especially effective are her flashbacks . . . Highly recommended for readers who like mysteries set in foreign countries.” (Library Journal)
“[Läckberg] is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror! A must for white-knuckle junkies.” (Guardian)
“A welcome addition to the swelling ranks of Scandinavian crime writers!” (Irish Independent)
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2nd Book is Good, 1st Book was Excellent
- L. O. Pardue
I really like Camilla Láckberg's stories but could hardly get through this one because of the dreadful narrator.
I enjoy these Scandinavian settings and the mixture of personal and domestic details with the police work.
The narrator must have trained at the University of Silly Voices. Even when he wasn't doing a comedy old man, childish sounding woman, northern England accent etc, his 'normal' voice was annoying with affected and old-fashioned pronunciations such as 'orf' for 'off' and pronouncing the 'h' in words such as 'when' and 'where'. I will definitely avoid any books narrated by him in the future.