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Publisher's Summary

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but while the victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.
Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.
©2006 Camilla Lackberg (P)2013 HighBridge Company
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4 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 07-08-13

The Stranger

These Fjallbacka mysteries are all very well-crafted police procedurals, which I like. They probably don't have enough action for some, but they hold my attention easily. A myriad of mundane details support good character development along with the mystery. This book may have more of that than previous books; but I wasn't put off--I just got to know some of the characters better. While narrator David Thorn did a good job on the earlier books for the most part, I never got over his very Swedish people and place-name pronunciations--especially poor Patrik's name. Maybe when someone is speaking Swedish, Pawtrik or even Pohrtrik is right, but among all those British accents it sounds very out of place as did Ear-ica (Erika). I was relieved when Vance actually said Patrik and Erika as a Brit would. I was hoping to find the next book, but it looks like I get to wait. I also recommend reading the books in order; they have the same characters.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Andrea on 11-08-13

Love Vance--writing too formulaic

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Parts of the book certainly are entertaining and it's fine for commuting. But the constant alluding to some detail that remains elusive just beyond the characters'--particularly Patrick's--consciousness only to be remembered, lo and behold, a short while later really got kind of old as a narrative strategy fast. I understand that a mystery needs to create suspense but this was just too formulaic and, frankly, boring. I stopped caring after a while whether this "something" here and "something" there he couldn't pinpoint just now would eventually be revealed. She uses a similar strategy to NOT reveal phone calls, or discoveries, or really important information, by "fading out" so that the characters are filled in but the reader/listener isn't. Trying too hard to get me intrigued.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Vance is fantastic across the board. Love, love, love.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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