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Camilla Lackberg Crime Thrillers 1 and 2: The Ice Princess, The Preacher by [Lackberg, Camilla]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2174 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9D92
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2011
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Having started by being impressed with the fifth book in this series The Hidden Child through the Amazon Vine program I was keen to read the rest. The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom 1)is a good introduction to the characters and although the background slowed the story down a little in this first book I enjoyed learning about Erica, an author, her younger sister Anna and of course the local Fjallbacka Policeman. There are lots of characters all well drawn. In the first book Erica is one of the first on the scene at the death of her childhood friend Alex who is frozen in a bath with her arms slashed. Erica wants to know what happened and ends up helping Patrik get some answers. The police in Fjallbacka are more used to recovering stolen bicycles than investigating death
Not for Camilla Lackberg the off the wall policeman, instead we have Patrik Hedstrom, an ordinary man and Erica a woman clearing the family house after the death of her parents.

In the Preacher they are waiting for the birth of their first child. The book starts with the recent death of a young woman from Germany, lying on top of the skeletons of two girls who had been missing for 24 years. Patrik and the other policemen in Fjallbacka struggle with the case, who could have committed the crime and why. The lives of the suspects are explored, Erica is able to play a minimal role due to the impending birth of her child but is there in a domestic setting throughout the book, including her relationship with her younger sister Anna. I do like the real characters that are present in this series it makes the books more than a simple crime story although there is plenty of crime committed in this one!

Again these two books both had me hooked, despite the translation which was odd in parts, I am now going to download the next in the series The Stonecutter (Patrik Hedstrom 3)
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It is very misleading, to say the least, "if you like Jo Nesbo you will love this", comparing Camilla Läckberg to Jo Nesbo is just to entice readers to buy her books, and also it is an insult to Jo Nesbo. I am not saying the book is bad but it lacks all the "noir", the thriller, the suspense and all the elements that make a very good crime novel. Where Jo Nesbo is a master.

The pace of the book is relatively good and quite enjoyable but it is more like strolling in the park instead of going deep into a dark alley. The characters lack complexity and depth to make them interesting.

Instead of having tea and cake in the English countryside with Miss Marple we are transported to a world of snow and freezing temperatures with Erica and Patrik, drinking wine and eating heavy hot food. There is too much page-filling waffle in this book.

I also would like to understand this obsession that some female authors have with diet, looking good in a dress and constantly worrying about not putting on weight.

The repetitive use of the expression "the knuckles have turned to white" also reveals a lack of imagination either from the author or from the translator in the use of the language.

I shall also read Camilla Läckberg's "The Preacher" as I have already bought it. I do hope it is a better book.
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I have now read all the books in this series and am never disappointed. In my opinion Camilla Lackberg is the best of the Scandinavian authors around and I don't understand why she doesn't get the same recognition as Jo Nesbo or Steig Larssen. The main characters are very likeable and the plots always keep you guessing. I thoroughly recommend you give this author a try!
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I came to these two books after I read a couple of other Camilla Lackbergs and I enjoyed both of them, especially The Preacher. There was tension and excitement and curiosity and I didn't stop until I finished both books in one go.
Camilla Lackberg's books don't fall into the typical crime thriller category for me, they are interesting books about Scandinavian life and people with the added bonus of someone getting murdered. I also like that she always has some history included in her books.
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I bought this e book after hearing one of my Twitter pals commenting on how much she was enjoying reading it (LettyP1). I got this novel and book of the series on Kindle as a compilation was on offer, and I have so far read the first one, The Ice Princess.

I found this to be one of those novels that starts off slowly, a body is found frozen on the bath - hence the title - and we gradually get to know the people involved. I could compare it to an Agatha Christie novel, only with unpronounceable names and lots of snow. Mainly because the more you find out - the more confusing it becomes. Just when you think you have figured out one secret, another pops up and you realise how wrong you were!
Then there is a second murder, or is it? The plot gets more and more complex as more layers are uncovered, as Patrik investigates. Patrik has lived in this small town all his life, and on joining the police force had anticipated more small time criminal behaviour, it was therefore with a degree of trepidation, mixed with excitement at being involved in the investigation of a murder. He knows all the people involved, to one degree or another, including Erica who was one of the first people brought to the scene of the murder. She was best friends with the "Ice Princess, Alex" when they were young girls till Alex's family suddenly upped sticks and moved away. She was also the subject of Patrik's adoration at that time, though she was unaware of it.
Erica is living in her family home, as her parents had been killed in a car crash recently and she has moved back for the funerals and to deal with the legalities.
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