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The Hidden Child: A Novel Hardcover – May 15, 2014
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“Of all the mini-Larssons who have arrived on these shores since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sweden's Camilla Läckberg may be the best – more engaging than Henning Mankell, never as shrill or melodramatic as Jo Nesbo, as tight a plotter as Jussi Adler-Olsen. This is another terrific read.” (USA TODAY)
“If Camilla keeps producing mysteries as richly textured and downright breathtaking as her latest, who knows? Maybe, one day, we might be identifying Agatha Christie as ‘the British Camilla Läckberg.” (Maureen Corrigan - NPR)
“Of consistently high quality, well-plotted, carefully translated and well written. Highly recommended.” (Midwest Book Review)
“Well-plotted, carefully translated and well written. Highly recommended.” (Crimespree Magazine)
“Excellent. Horrific secrets come to light as the author skillfully shows how the past has influenced recent events.” (Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW)
“Fire and ice! Masterful suspense as compelling as secrets lying far beneath the dark sea. Läckberg is the perfect crime novelist who combines her gift for intriguingly complicated plots and a keen understanding of the ‘grotesques’ who live among us. Erotic and terrifying.” (Ann Rule, author of In The Still of the Night)
“One of those mysteries that ruin a vacation. Take it to the beach and your eyes will be so locked on its pages, you’ll never even know there’s an ocean in front of you.” (The Washington Post)
“Eerie. Läckberg will keep you guessing.” (People Magazine)
“What could be darker than Nordic crime fiction? Nordic noir with Nazi war criminals!… You might want to think twice about reading this at home alone at night.” (New York Post)
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One of the very best characters in this book is one we were all set to despise in the first book, the police chief. This time he adopts a stray dog and begins taking salsa dance lessons. He just about steals the whole book this time around.
This is a much stronger book than the first. I also did not solve the mystery until shortly before the author revealed "who-done-it."
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The book is basically too long. And Lackberg seems to think that the reader cannot remember the facts without regular recaps. In fact, she recaps just about every little detail numerous times. Maybe Swedish readers like really long books and so she felt the need to stretch. But I found it quite irritating and would have preferred to get to the conclusion at least 200 pages earlier.
As for the resolutions to the crimes and questions, there were no surprises here. I am not generally good at figuring who did it. I don't really try, preferring to just enjoy the story. But here, it was all so obvious that it was very disappointing. I really wanted a great surprise ending as a payoff for all the time I had put in to get there.
For those of you who like a real crime whodunnit, look elsewhere. Lackberg's books, and I use the plural because from what I have read this one is representative, are stories about people, around the plot of a crime, rather than real crime and mystery fiction. Although I didn't really expect Lackberg to be as good as Larsson I had hoped she would come a little bit closer. But not by a very long shot.
That said, I enjoyed this tale of a daughter's quest to understand her remote mother better. She is going through her dead mother's belongings when she finds a Nazi war medal. I liked the story hidden by a group of friends from 60 years ago. Clues were available, the story was interesting, and the final revelations plausible and interesting.
I would read more by this author and in this series.
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There we many characters and sometimes found it difficult to remember who was who until I really got into it. An enjoyable read.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This spellbinding book will keep you riveted and trying to answer the myriad of questions that arise with each additional detail. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Bowie Bub
I love the Patrick and Erica series! This book has the added mystery of going back and forth in time. I love how she linked the case with Erica's family.Published 14 days ago by alunberg
Having read several of her books, I am happy to say this one is the best so far. Cohesive and intricately woven together, life stories, puzzles and the progress of shared careers... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I always love her books and she is one of the best Swedish authors.Published 1 month ago by Judy Schlotzhauer