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The Ice Princess: A Novel Paperback – March 29, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The novel's premise is intriguing: writer Erica Falck's best childhood friend, with whom she lost touch, dies suddenly, apparently by her own hand. As Erica, in tandem with another childhood friend (and eventual love interest), local copper Patrik Hedström, look into the circumstances further, they find that the explanation is not so simple. Inevitably, they uncover secrets that have been hidden for decades.
The claustrophobic small town setting is relatively well drawn, and the novel started off really promisingly. Unfortunately, there are a number of issues with it that interfere with the flow of the story. Another reviewer has commented on the numerous "filler" scenes, full of redundant information, which bog down the narrative - for example, too frequently we have a scene where Character A tells Character B the same information that the reader has already been told on the previous page. Similarly, while Patrik and Erica are engaging characters, I really did not care about their incipient romance and Erica's repetitive musings on "Does he like me? Will I look fat in this?" became tedious (yes, we even have a Bridget Jones-esque scene where Erica debates whether to go with the lacy undies or the supportive nanna knickers, and just in case we don't get what has inspired this scene, Bridget Jones is helpfully referenced in the text ... mildly amusing at best, but did not advance the plot one jot, and should have been cut).Read more ›
Maybe that's a good thing. There's nothing to compare The Ice Princess to. I'm not a reader of the recent craze of Swedish noir, though I will venture into Henning Mankell territory next week. Thus, this novel will be considered strictly on its own merits.
Erica Falck moves to her hometown of Fjallbacka, Sweden after the death of her parents. A writer, she is attempting to finish her fourth biography when she discovers the death of her childhood friend, Alex. Found in a tub of nearly frozen water with both wrists slashed, Alex's death sets off an investigation to which no one person is exempt. Erica is drawn into the tragedy and mystery surrounding the life and death of her estranged friend. Along with Patrik Hedstrom, a police detective assigned to the case, Erica finds out more about the quiet close-knit seaside community than she ever wanted to know.
There was so much going on in this thriller. A prodigious amount of colorful characters: from the eccentric elderly Mrs. Petren, who uses thousands of Santas and a state of the art coffee machine to ensure a steady stream of guests; to the aging socialite Nelly Lorentz, who is somehow involved in Alex's death; to Alex's sister, Julia, who is grieving in a very unusual way.
Lackberg touches on a number of issues--domestic violence, child abuse, negligence, mental illness, and adultery--without devolving into the typical moralistic fare.Read more ›
The story unfolds very slowly, there really is no fast-paced action here. What readers get instead is a meticulously-detailed plot with lots of twists and different story arcs, all weaved together in a fine example of story-telling. Erica is a complex character - having had a strained relationship with her mother (who apparently was indifferent to Erica), she has become very protective of her married, younger sister Anna, who is under the control of her domineering husband, Lucas. Erica shies away from serious relationships with men, which changes when she meets old school pal Patrik and they begin investigating the case informally. Patrik is the nice guy who gets along with everyone and who digs deep to get at the truth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not put this book down! I have finished the second book in the series and am looking forward to the third. Read morePublished 6 days ago by EllenRT
First in the series, the characters are well developed with complexities that draw the reader to keep turning the page. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Rhobson
A page turner full of interesting characters. Lots of twists and turns and very well written. I have recommended it to my friendsPublished 16 days ago by Susan Pelanek
Had a difficult time gaining any sympathy for any of the characters.Published 26 days ago by Juniper
The Ice Princess sets the stage for a series of police procedural mysteries set in the same fictional Swedish coastal town. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bookaddict
I was immediately sucked in and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Preyer