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Publisher's Summary

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, at first, that she has taken her own life.

Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will help to overcome her writer's block as well as answer questions about their own past. 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 this small town with a deeply disturbing past…

©2011 Camilla Lackberg (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

Critic Reviews

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 RobinsonEuropean 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…Leckberg stands out as the best first-time offender of the year' Jury

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  • Red Kitty
  • 02-08-15

Totally worthwhile

I really enjoyed this. It was my first audio book and it has totally got me hooked.
The narration was brilliant.

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  • Ms. C. T. Bell
  • 11-30-14

Enjoyable story

The language is straightforward and so it is not too complicated and easy to follow when multi-tasking. I enjoyed the characters which are well drawn and the main protagonists are very relateable. I think this would be enjoyed by anyone who likes the classic crime genre - rather than the more violent and graphic style.

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  • pamela towns
  • 04-10-18

the ice princess.

spoilt a good book by a reader who doesn't believe in full stops or even commas. very disconcerting when lines.run into one another so that one is confused about who is being spoken about. after two.thirds.of the book I could keep up!

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  • Bea
  • 09-08-19

Would highly recommend!

The story was very engaging, something which sometimes is lacking from crime novels. There were twists and turns which weren't easy to predict. The narrator pronounced all of the swedish words with ease, which is something I can't do myself. I enjoyed the mix of personal and professional in the story. Overall very enjoyable!

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  • Graham. Cox
  • 11-16-17

What's the hurry?

Reasonable story but more of the usual romance and relationship problems than a who done it, and nothing constructive happens until the last pages. I found the language a little twee, a bit like the old movies. What really got to me was why does the narrator gallop into the next chapter without taking a breath? It takes a moment or two to realise that, without a break, we have moved into a different situation. A small gap to indicate a change of direction would have helped. I have read 2 of her books and, if I am looking for a light read, I will try another.

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  • S.Jenkinson
  • 08-16-20

Fantastic narrator and story

I have been meaning to read this book for a while and when the opportunity to listen to it appeared, I am so glad I did.

The narrator must be praised! At first, I worried that I’d find it unbelievable that an older gentleman’s voice would be the narration for a female lead character, however, how wrong could I be. The voices, inflections, change of accent and tone meant that every character was distinguished and believable. Plus, the storyline of the book meant you were so engrossed you forgot the practicalities of male/female narration.

The style of writing was an easy listen, nothing was too gruesome and was a believable murder mystery which kept me guessing and wondering until the end. I will certainly be listening/reading Lackberg’s other novels.

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  • rozzie
  • 08-10-19

a Swedish Agatha Christiie

Enjoyable but a bit slow, although dark themes it was more like Agatha Christie.
The narration was OK, he didn't pause between scenes and so it was at times difficult to follow. Similarly you couldn't always tell who was saying what.

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  • Caroline Pearson
  • 02-20-19

Great story, love this author

I really enjoyed this book. The biggest standout though was the lack of any pause between chapters making it feel very jarring and disorientating for a few moments while you figure out the perspective has changed. I also managed to guess a few of the plots which is unusual for me but they were laid on thick enough even for me to grasp. That being said I think I will be reading/listening to every book in this gratifying sequence as I loved the characters and the overall story. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-18

Cringe worthy

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  • Heather Kerr-Wilbur
  • 09-04-18

Good Listen

Really enjoyed this book, liked the background detail and the start of a good partnership