Saturday 5 August 2017

#BookReview The Fjällbacka series by Camilla Läckberg (Book 1-3) #MiniReviews

I've spent the last two weeks or so reading/listening to the Fjällbacka series by Camilla Läckberg and instead of doing one review post for every single book have I decided to split all the nine books into three posts. The reviews will be a bit short than usual (well I will try to not write too long) because of that. But, I kind of like the idea of writing mini reviews. Tell me what you think? Is this a good way?

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 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.


Erica Falck has returned home after the death of her parents and is trying to get over the tragedy when a neighbor finds the body of Erica's childhood friend Alex dead in the bathtub with slashed wrists and the police thinks that she has taken her own life. But, is it really that simple?

The Ice Princess is an intriguing book from the very start and I enjoyed getting to know the characters from the beginning. I've read the latest published book, the Witch which is book 10 so I had (reading book 8 now) nine books to get through and I was looking forward to it. Läckberg is a great writer and the story is excellent. I have previously seen the movie, although some years ago so I was not that surprised about how it all turned out. But, I enjoyed immensely listening to this book. I quite like Erica, Patrik and the rest of the characters (Well Mellberg is hard to like)!


The Preacher
by Camilla Läckberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twenty years ago, two young women disappeared whilst holidaying in the peaceful Swedish resort of Fjällbacka. Now their remains have been discovered, along with those of a fresh victim, sending the town into shock.

Local detective Patrik Hedström, whose girlfriend Erica is expecting their first child, has personal reasons for wanting to find the killer. And when another girl goes missing, his attention focuses on the Hults, a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics and criminals. Which of this family's dark secrets will provide the vital clue?


Erica and Patrik are expecting their first child when a body is found on top of two skeletons that could be the bones after two women that disappeared twenty years ago. Could it be that the same killer is starting again?

I love cold cases and this book was just as the first book thrilling to listening to. Besides the present story do we also get flashbacks back to when the first two women were taken. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, like who is behind the new killing? Is it the same person that killed and hid the first two women? But, the main suspect is dead so it can't be him. So was it someone else back then?

The Preacher is a great book. The family Hult is heavily involved in this book. And the Preacher is the nickname of the man that came to Fjällbacka after a woman bequeaths her house to him. It is said that his sons could perform miracles when they were young. But, nowadays all the living relatives seem to be feuding. But, it was also, Johannes Hult, one of the preachers sons that was accused of kidnapping one of the women twenty years ago...

Just as the Ice Princess is this book great, and I love besides the crime to get to know the characters more, and follow them through their lives.


The Stonecutter
by Camilla Läckberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning…

Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well.

He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why. What he does not know is how this case will reach into the dark heart of Fjällbacka and the town's past, and tear aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.


The Stonecutter is the thrilling third book in the Fjällbacka series. The death in this book is quite tragic. A child is found drowned, and it's a child that Erica and Patrick know since the mother of the dead child as a newborn baby in the same age as Erica's. But, it all gets a lot worse when it's discovered that the child was murdered. But, who would kill a child?

The Stonecutter has two parallel stories, the one in the present and then we also move back in time to the beginning of the 20th-century and to a young man, a stonecutter who gets involved with a girl that's far above his league. But, what has this past story to do with the present story?

The Stonecutter is an excellent novel. I love reading books with dual storylines. And I was curious to see what the connection would be between the two stories. The book is chilling to read, the death of a child is always awful to read about and the family of the dead girl acted very strangely. Sure, they grieved the girl, but they all acted so oddly now and then. But, there is also a neighbor feud going on...

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