- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Pegasus Books; Reprint edition (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681775034
- ISBN-13: 978-1681775036
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 189 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Criminal Element
“The Nordic crime-fiction trend sparked by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Henning Mankell’s novels shows no sign of abating. One of the best writers to emerge is Lackberg. The books shine.”
- Entertainment Weekly
“Yet another tremendous Nordic noir writer.”
- Philadelphia Inquirer
“Camilla Läckberg proves why she’s called Sweden’s ‘queen of crime’ in her superb seventh novel. The Lost Boy combines a gripping police procedural with a ghost story while poignantly delving into the devastating effects of grief, especially among mothers. Delving into the intricacies of police work, Läckberg also turns The Lost Boy into a psychological thriller that digs deep into each character’s psyche. While the shadowy ghosts permeate the story, Läckberg keeps this supernatural aspect akin to those in the gothic masterpiece The Turn of the Screw.”
- The Associated Press
“Another exceptional multilayered mystery. Läckberg continues to craft fully fleshed-out, complicated characters. Highly recommended for readers who love character-driven crime novels, especially followers of Nordic mysteries and Läckberg’s growing fan base.”
- Library Journal (starred)
“Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg’s new novel, The Lost Boy, confirms her place as reigning monarch of the crime mystery genre called Nordic Noir. Läckberg’s storytelling talents rank with those of the late Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander mysteries, and the late Stieg Larsson, who wrote The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Stunning. With her trademark impeccable psychological insight, Läckberg intertwines subplots that personalize the devastation wreaked by Sweden’s drug trade, its biker culture, and its far too prevalent domestic abuse. Ghostly shadows from this searing entry will surely linger long in the reader’s imagination.”
- Publishers Weekly (starred)
“La¨ckberg weaves fine lines through this multilayered thriller, connecting a ghostly historic backstory, tragic portrayals of domestic violence, shady business dealings, and series regulars’ various personal dramas. The result is a slice-of-life feel that lends a welcome lightness to the darker underlying story of control and abuse.”
“Part of the popularity of Läckberg’s books is due to her penchant for making the reader work a little for answers, even as the narrative makes the pages fly by. This is especially true in the latest installment. Thanks to an ace translation by Tiina Nunnally, American readers have the opportunity to sink their teeth into one of Läckberg’s most complex yet, at the same time, simplest novels to date.”
“Läckberg has a knack for creating very believable characters and for mixing the funny moments in everyday life with dark and twisty crimes that will keep the reader hooked. Fans of other Scandinavian investigators, like Henning Mankell's Wallander and Stieg Larsson's Blomkvist and Salander, are sure to love Patrik and Erica.”
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About the Author
Camilla Läckberg is an international bestselling author renowned for her brilliant contemporary psychological thrillers. Her novels have been sold to fifty-five countries around the world with translations into thirty-seven languages. She has sold over ten million copies of her novels and was one of Europe’s bestselling authors last year. Her previous books include The Drowning, The Hidden Child, The Stonecutter, and The Stranger, which are all available from Pegasus Crime. Camilla lives in Stockholm.
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In Camilla Lackberg's previous book, Erica Hedstrom and her sister, Anna, were involved in an automobile accident. This was very serious, and Anna suffered several injuries. The worst of it was that her baby boy was born prematurely, and he died. Erica's had a concussion and broken ribs, and she went on to deliver twin boys. At the same time Patrick Hedstrom, Erica's husband and detective in Fjallbacka, had suffered massive chest pains which turned out to be vascular spasms. He has just returned to work. Anna was mourning and not talking. And Erica felt blessed to have two healthy sons and her daughter.
Lots going on in this small town, and many families are involved. The police department, whose head is the incompetent, Bertyl Mellbeck, but is really run by Patrick, is in full swing, and as murders occur, life gets busier for all. The emotional overlay of Anna causes everyone distress, and we wonder if anything will ever really be resolved. As usual, several issues are not resolved, and we wait for the next book to help us realize the truth.
Recommended. prisrob 11-02-16
While all this ghostly activities are going on, the police in Fjallbacka are faced with a perplexing murder case. A nice young man of sterling character has been shot dead in his apartment. As usual, Patrik Hedstrom is leading the investigation, and his wife Erica is doing some snooping on her own. The lazy obnoxious police chief Mellberg is making stupider mistakes than ever. And false clues are further confusing the picture.
Patrik and Erica now have twin infant sons, as well as their little daughter. And Erica has new worries about her emotionally fragile sister Anna, who just lost a baby. So in addition to murders and tragedies past and present, we have plenty of family dramas.
Life in small town Fallbacka gets very lively in this book, or should I say deadly? The plot is dense with happenings. It's fun to follow the familiar characters we've met in every book. And the new faces are interesting too.
I've enjoyed all the books in this series, and they get better and better. Unfortunately, I think this may be the last book available in English translation.
We start with the murder of a man who seems without fault. Well liked by his colleagues and all those who know him, no one seems to have a clue as to who would want to shoot him. He has moved back to Fallbacka after receiving a savage beating. He connects with Nathalie, a woman who, as a young girl, he had a relationship. She is spending time on "Ghost Island" from which it is said that the dead never leave.
The story twists and turns through several false leads until, finally, we get a clue. Mellberg makes a colossal blunder and the fallout is devastating.
Through flashbacks, we learn of an 1870 - 1871 incident on Ghost Island.
The ending is brilliant. I never saw it coming, although I did suspect something fishy about Nathalie's son.
Not as good as some of her previous books, although it was close. I will continue to read Camilla Lackberg's books as they become available.
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