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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. ENG Country of Publication: Shipping Details Booktopia uses the best quality packing material to protect items for the journey from our Sydney Distribution Centre to our customers, with the intention that they arrive in the same condition they left our Distribution Centre. Shipping Expectation Your order will ship within 2 business days Delivery Instructions Booktopia uses Australia Post for deliveries throughout Australia.

Have a question about this product? Reviews 0 Add Review You need to be logged in to add a review. No 4 Star Reviews yet. No 3 Star Reviews yet. No 2 Star Reviews yet. No 1 Star Reviews yet. There was this oversimplification that just felt lazy. Even still, there should have been SOME kind of mention at the end about it.

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This happened three times. Only One Secret Passage. You want to use an evil twin at the end? No one will ever take you seriously again, but go for it. You want more than one secret passage? That is insulting to the reader and I have no idea why this book was an international bestseller. In this story nothing was compelling. The love story fell flat. I appreciated that there was an almost normal love story going on in the book.

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. It was very important to the story. 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. View all 8 comments. 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. I like those two characters as well. Sep 15, 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.

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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. 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. Sometimes really irrelevant descriptions of places, situations or characters were made.

Sometimes those descriptions were retold, just because. Then there were the characters themselves: 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: No surprises here; no intricate puzzle; just event A leading to event B. View all 5 comments. 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.

It's perhaps a way to make the main character to be more personal and more familiar to the readers. 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.

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. But who am I to judge since this is only the first book. View all 12 comments. Apr 13, Phrynne rated it it was amazing. 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 raced my way through this book and only put it down once when I just had to sleep whether I liked it or not. Jul 18, James Thane rated it liked it Shelves: Beginning with her 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.

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 novel, Isprinsessan, Camilla Lackberg has been a popular crime fiction novelist in Sweden. 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. View all 3 comments.

Feb 22, Vera rated it really liked it. 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.

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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. Surely the "Icy Princess" is the first book of Lackberg I have read but not the last. I am giving this a 3. 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.

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Since this is mystery it felt a bit out of place for me in this setting. It mad I am giving this a 3. 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.

View all 10 comments. Partamos de la base de que el libro no es gran cosa. 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. Por otro lado Patrik, uno de los protagonistas, me parece adorable. 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. 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.

Sirve para leerlo bajo la sombrilla. View all 7 comments. Oct 04, Melanie Mel's Bookland Adventures rated it did not like it. 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.

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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. 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 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 ies. 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.


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