TITLE : The Ice Princess
AUTHOR : Camilla Lackberg
TRANSLATER : Steven T. Murray
PUBLISHER : Pocket
PUBLICATION DATE : March29, 2011
PAPERBACK : 480 Pages
GENRE : Fiction/Mystery/Suspense
“The Ice Princess” is an intriguing crime fiction novel by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg. The novel tells about writer Erica Falck who comes back to her hometown, a small fishing village, only to find her childhood girlfriend, Alex, dead. At first it seems that Alex has committed suicide, but then the story takes some twists and turns and what seems to be a clear cut case turns out to be anything but.
Enter police detective Patrik Hedstrom and his bumbling colleagues at the Tanumshede police station. Patrik follows his own clues and intuitions about the case, while falling in love with Erica, whom he had a crush on since childhood. Working together, Patrik and Erica (who is planning a book about the murder while suffering from writer’s block) start to piece together the truth about Alex. The dark secrets which inhibit every small town start to emerge and the people who would like those secrets to remain buried begin to surface.
Both Patrik and Erica are well developed, interesting and likeable characters. The plot is very good and gets better as the characters of Fjällbacka start to immerge. Lackberg does her best to build suspense and gradually lets out secrets about the community in general and about the murder specifically.
Ms. Läckberg is a very visual writer; she describes the scenes in a few words which gives the reader a vision to work from in their own minds. I read about furniture makers I’ve never heard about, designers I cannot pronounce, and magazines which seem interesting enough for me to look through. Needless to say Google worked overtime during my reading.
“The Ice Princess” is interesting but I found it slow at times and had to trudge through the narrative at several places. The story is slow to start and the book only becomes really interesting towards the latter half. There are lots of twists and turns, several times I was disappointed and thought I solved the mystery half way through the book, only to find out I was wrong – and happily so. There are no chase scenes, shootings, brawls or any of the like, the plot woven together tightly with a net spreading around the whole seaside town.
To learn about author Camilla Lackberg visit her website.
I received a free copy of The Ice Princess from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was given.