The Ice Princess

The Ice Princess

Book - 2010
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After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2010, ©2009
Edition: 1st Pegasus books cloth ed
ISBN: 9781605980928
1605980927
Branch Call Number: FICTION LACKBERG 2010
Characteristics: 393 pages : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T.

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After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.

The dark secrets of a small Swedish community are revealed as a woman returns to her hometown after the death of her parents and the suicide of a childhood friend. This begins a new series featuring Detective Patrik Hedstrom and biographer Erica Falck.


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SJM7323
Dec 20, 2017

This book had a couple of nice twists towards the end that I didn't see coming, but the overall pace was a little too slow for me.

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Liselara
Feb 04, 2016

I read Lackberg's third novel first which propelled me to start from the beginning. This is a terrific crime novel which will lead you down paths you can't predict. The characters are well developed but I found the translation to be very awkward; broken in some places and clearly British (v. Canadian or American). For example, at one point the character "throws a fag out the window"; took me a moment to realize it was a cigarette. In this first novel, Patrik comes across as a love sick puppy which is interesting because the things he likes most about Erica starts to really bug him down the road.

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awc_9
Nov 11, 2015

I thought this book was great. Could not put it down. Characters were well done, a great start to this series with Patrick and Erica.

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Steve11
Aug 02, 2014

I thought this WAS thrilling enough. I liked this very much. This must be the first in the series about Patrick and Erica.

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wilqser
Jun 17, 2014

Swedish novel about an author who finds the circumstance of her childhood friend's murder suspicious. The dead women's family holds a secret that is a clue in solving this one. The ending was not overly exciting and the decriptions of the police work needed to be a little more thought out. Nice spacing of the story but just not thrilling enough.

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KristinaLeeper
Jun 05, 2014

Worth reading, but really predictable. Too many indirect plot lines, awkward dialogue, and unbelievable storyline.

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alex59
Jul 08, 2013

Excellent - well-written, good characters, great story. Will be looking for more of her books.

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MildredT
Jun 06, 2013

I agree with both KarenW and emerge that the style is reminiscent of Louise Penny. If you like Louise Penny and you have patience for her semi-autobiographical main characters, then you will be able to tolerate the same annoying trait in this book.
Both authors use their writing as therapy to air grievances against brother-in laws and/or spouses. I can take it or leave it.

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ClaireM_W
May 08, 2013

How do the Scandinavians do it? Each character fully developed, small details of daily life seem charming - do they really drink THAT much coffee, and with pasties? The logistics of the crime and its solution believable. I am looking forward to enjoying more of Lackberg's mysteries.

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zodine
May 05, 2013

Very well constructed intricate plot that will keep you guessing till the end

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