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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Steven T. Murray Translator. Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.
Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will ans Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy.
Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their own shared past. While her interest grows into an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case.
But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 15th by Pegasus first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Ice Princess , please sign up.
What's the role of the old man in the beginning and the end of the book? Is it important? Lia Pissa He's the one who broke free from what people think in contradiction with the other heroes of the book. Romuald Byczkiewicz There is no lesson. There is also not much intrigue or suspense either. Lackberg comes up with good ideas for plots but doesn't follow through with sh …more There is no lesson.
Lackberg comes up with good ideas for plots but doesn't follow through with sharp prose or suspense built up over the chapters as the reader discovers clues along with the detective. Instead, everything was held back until the end in a very unexciting anti-climactic finish. Lackberg is not like Mankell. Mankell explores the human condition in Sweden with his detective; the reader discovers things along with the detective and the world is seen through his prism.
Lackberg's multi-character first person approach is weak and lacks direction. Other novelists have used that approach much more effectively than she has. See all 8 questions about The Ice Princess…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. I had heard only good things about this book, but it seems this year I'm not being lucky with my readings. In no particular order, the things that bugged me the most were: 1. This is a murder mystery novel, so there are clues the protagonists investigate to resolve it. Yes, the reader is excluded from the investigation, i. There are blatant timeline mistakes. For example, check I had heard only good things about this book, but it seems this year I'm not being lucky with my readings.
For example, check the dates when Patrik Hedstrom interrogates Dagmar Petren the old lady who made cakes. Suddenly, it's two weeks earlier. I'm convinced this was romance disguised as mystery. I don't really need to know how Erika and Patrik made love for five times because they are on the "bingo phase" of their relationship. Indeed, I would love if I had never read "bingo phase".
Half of the book is spent in these silly things I don't want to read about. Else I would have chosen Danielle Steel! I can't believe this was written by a woman! Every woman in the book was completely dependent on men, did everything to please some man in her life and their hardest worry was to have a fine make-up in every occasion. Don't expect to find a strong-willed, intelligent and independent woman in this book.
Except maybe the old Dagmar Petren. Of course, Erika always has tons of make-up on and half the times they see each other she's just put on the first items of clothing in her closet. You could attribute that to being in love, but it just seemed like Patrik was stupid.
She described everyone in a very wordy way which was pointless, since the characters really weren't as she wanted them to be. It took me forever to read! And I had been hoping for a page-turner.
View all 42 comments. Jun 06, Lyn rated it liked it. Murray published in Most notable is her exploration of themes of family, loyalty and the nature of propriety in a small town. The one failing here, and it is relatively minor, though, is that as good as her characterization is for the most part, some of the antagonists are strawman caricatures with one dimensional fronts and the inconsistency can be distracting. All in all a good murder mystery that is wrapped up tidily with a satisfying end.
View 2 comments. May 15, Pattie rated it did not like it Shelves: mystery. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The natural one rapes both boy AND girl children. The adopted one sets fires and commits fratricide before the age of The murder victim is one of the most beautiful women who has ever walked the earth, and she's not only secretly pregnant, but had been secretly pregnant before and is that her earlier spawn lurking around her parents' house, sulking, perhaps?
What a surprise! The focus of action shifts without explanation from the first main character a decently sketch-out Brigit Jones-like woman to a second main character a decently sketched-out young detective, who has always been in love with the first main character. Several times at the end of a chapter, one of these folks finds a Clue, reads it, is surprised, and puts it in their pocket without sharing with the reader. The detective is credited as being very clever for finding the impression of a note that's been torn off a pad yeah, good going, Sherlock.
The author conveniently finds a will crumpled up in the evil family's trash can what, shredders haven't made it to Sweden yet? All the participants in an earlier murder conveniently keep little bookmarks inscribed with the initials of their childhood "gang" name in plain sight for the author and detective to find. At some point, I decided to keep reading only to see what fresh stereotype or abomination waited on the next page.
On top of all the bad characterizations and dopey plotting, bad writing abounds. You can't blame the translation, because the guy translates Henning Mankell, and Mankell's gorgeous writing comes through in English just fine.
The only pluses were the two surprisingly likable and 3-dimensional main characters, and the vivid setting off- season at a seaside resort town. Plus a lot of careful, interesting and varying descriptions of the coffee people brewed. If the author could write a mystery the way she writes about coffee, this might have been a decent book. View all 4 comments. The cover of this book boasts that this is an international bestseller.
And now a list of grievances: 1.
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