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Camilla Lackberg , Tiina Nunnally
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15 Mar 2012 Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck (Book 6)

Swedish crime sensation and No. 1 international bestseller, Camilla Lackberg’s new psychological thriller - for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo

Christian Thydell’s dream has come true: his debut novel, The Mermaid, is published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?

When crime writer Erica Falck, who discovered Christian’s talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the author’s mysterious past…

Meanwhile, one of Christian’s closest friends is missing. Erica’s husband, Detective Patrik Hedström, has his worst suspicions confirmed as the mind-games aimed at Christian and those around him become a disturbing reality.

But, with the victims themselves concealing evidence, the investigation is going nowhere. Is their silence driven by fear or guilt? And what is the secret they would rather die to protect than live to see revealed?

International bestseller Camilla Lackberg delivers a chilling and suspenseful mystery that will grip the reader right until its staggering final twist…

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007419511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007419517
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1974, Camilla Lackberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first six novels all became Swedish No 1 bestsellers. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her three children.

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Praise for Camilla Lackberg:

‘Mesmerising … It’s Lackberg’s particular skill to have created two of the most fully rounded characters in contemporary crime fiction, with a warmth that cuts right through the Nordic chill’ Independent

‘Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror… a must for white-knuckle junkies’ Guardian

‘Läckberg is particularly good at portraying the claustrophobia of a small community in which everyone knows everyone else and the police may well be friends with killers’ The Times

‘Camilla Lackberg is probably the hottest female writer in Sweden at the moment… Lackberg’s job is to make the reader pleasurably uncomfortable – one of her ironclad skills’ Barry Forshaw, Independent

‘Chilly, deceptive and lucid, just like the icy environment it describes’ Literary Review

‘Both chilling and thrilling’ Sun

‘Heart-stopping and heart-warming, The Ice Princess is a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing’ Val McDermid

About the Author

Born in 1974, Camilla Lackberg worked as an economist before a course in creative crime writing lead to a drastic change in career. She is a household name in Sweden and all seven of her psychological thrillers featuring Erica Falck and Patrik Hedström are number one bestsellers across Europe. Camilla lives in Stockholm with her husband and three children.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drowning 4 Mar 2012
By Champollion VINE VOICE
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Camilla Lackberg's latest book, a psychological thriller, "The Drowning," is a compelling exploration of themes of betrayal, revenge and guilt, built on the firm foundations of returning detective Patrik Hedstrom against a background setting of Fjallbacka, Sweden.

The story opens with the disappearance of Magnus Kjellner, missing without trace, until three months later, his body is found and the investigation turns into a murder hunt. Christian Thydell, a debut novelist and friend of Kjellner, receives threatening notes and Hedstrom suspects, they could be linked to his novel.

Camilla Lackberg's well structured stories, always contain well rounded characters, credible story lines and an understated menace. You get the feeling when you read her novels that they are about real people and that is what makes her books, so persuasive, and ultimately engaging.

"The Drowning," will enable the reader to be able to patiently unravel the clues, through the false trails, on a twisting and turning journey to a startling finish. With this story, you may not travel at one hundred miles per hour and the body count may not be high, but nevertheless, it is a good story well told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the set 13 May 2012
By Ana
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I'm a fan of Camilla Lackberg having read all of her series of books but this is my least favourite. I found myself wanting to skip through the first part of the book which I felt focused too much on the domestic settings and not enough on the crime. (I know that others feel differently and enjoy that.)

The book picked up pace in the final third of the book and I stayed with it and was glad that I had. I did though get the overall feeling that this last book was churned out to meet publishing deadlines.
I'd love to see Camilla Lackberg write something different such as stand alone crime novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad when a series you enjoy goes downhill... 15 Oct 2012
By Bizgen
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I have enjoyed Camilla Lackberg in the past, but am beginning to tire a little with this latest offering. It started off pretty well, but the disjointed way the plot was pushed forward in the many different viewpoints, always stopping just as it began to get interesting, was extremely irksome. Too deliberate a device to hook me. The characters were often unbelievable and the way the police investigate the four men involved was unlikely - even I would have made sure I interviewed them all. I really like Erika and Patrik, but how anyone would believe that Erika could possibly sort the whole thing out with the Keystone Cops lagging behind, is laughable.

The denouement is most unlikely and the ending designed purely to make sure you read the next harrowing instalment - to be sure, I shall not be buying it, I shall return to the library for the next, and probably the last one in the series for me.

I suppose it is difficult for an author who writes with enthusiasm and originality to retain her voice when publishers clamour for an annual offering, but here I think Lackberg has sacrificed her soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A psychological thriller. 30 Oct 2012
By Elin
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Psychological thrillers are not my favourites in this genre, however 'The Drowning' was a good read,although the number of characters was a bit over the top. The ending was too sad for my liking!
As a literature graduate and a translater of Norwegian (my native tongue), I thought this particular translation by Tina Nunnally could have been better.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Drowning 22 Feb 2012
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Camilla Lackberg writes good thrillers. This is, I think, the sixth in the series featuring Patrik and his wife Erica. Patrik is a policeman in the small seaside town of Fjällbacka and Erica is a biographer. They have a small daughter, Maja and Erica is heavily pregnant with twins.

The book starts with a prologue with a man being murdered. We are not told who he is. Then the story itself starts at the police station with a distraught wife asking for progress in the case of her missing husband. Gradually over the next hundred or so pages we find out about the missing man's family and friends and about threatening letters being sent to the missing man's close friend, Christian. Parallel to this are short sections in italics telling the brutal story of psychological child abuse.

Eventually the action heats up and there is more violence and threats of violence. But those concerned refuse to give the police any help. It is a long slog before the mystery is solved.

I got the feeling that Lackberg is tired of her characters. Her treatment of them was less subtle than in previous books and I felt that they (especially Erica) acted out of character and were less convincing as people. The first two thirds of the story were very slow and plodding and, if I hadn't already known the characters, I am not sure I would have persevered. That being said there is a double sting at the end which will ensure that I read Book 7, if there is one.

So, I rate this as a three star and hope that Lackberg returns to form with her next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Enough already 20 Jun 2012
I find Camila Lackberg's books incredibly frustrating.She dosn't seem to be able to decide whether she's writing crime fiction or a soap opera.OK so most other crime writers let us look into the private lives of their characters and often this gives us an insight into their personality or tells us why they behave the way they do in certain situations.Ms Lackberg's books however invariably contain painstaking descriptions of domestic situations,babycare and the thoughts and feeling of characters with no connection at all to the crime the story is supposedly about.The Drowning is a prime example of this and would be a lot better read with 100 pages of irrelevant padding taken out,does any reader of crime reader really need almost 2 pages describing the gross misadventures of an incompetent nappy changer in their life?

Domestic bliss/mayhem/mess etc aside The Drowning tries very hard to be clever and almost pulls it off.A tale of revenge and retribution with an ongoing narrative detailing the tragic and abusive childhood of one of the characters running alongside.We're not told which one or why this part of the story is relevant but as the body count mounts and the biographical narrative moves apace most readers will have little trouble realising whodunnit and why before the seemingly incredibly dim Fjallbacka Police have their Eureka moment.As ever in a Lackberg book the local Plod appear to be almost terminally inept not to mention ever more unbelievable as characters.

The Drowning dosn't seem to know what it's trying to be,a strange combination of psychological thriller,crime story and soap opera and the result is a rather unsatisfactory combination of all 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant books
Published 4 days ago by celia m smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious and compellingly readable
I am reading all Camilla Lackberg's Hedstrom and Falck novels in sequence and this is one of the best. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Charles V
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
I loved it from very first page I was hooked had me guessing , wondering who did it? Couldn't put it down. It definitely a good read. Well done Camilla.
Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Like all Camilla Lackbergs books, there are two stories told alongside each other. You never know until almost the end who the murderer was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monica Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
discovered this author and was soon enthralled by her books a good read and as its not set in the uk made for good reading.
Published 2 months ago by mr jam
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
One of the most breath-taking books I've read. This is definitely a must read! Brilliant story telling and great characters
Published 3 months ago by irenne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
A story with many twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was hard to put down.
Published 4 months ago by Pel
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping story
The book is certainly one that you just can't put down. I love Camila's use of a sub story within the main story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by choosy
5.0 out of 5 stars The drowning
Loved every minute of it. Couldn't wait to get to next book. Would recommend anyone who likes mystery, suspense to try these books
Published 5 months ago by Mrs S L Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I love all of camilla's books, This one is no exception, it came in good time and is in fantastic condition, the only sad thing is tthat the saga is now drawing to an end.
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