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Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions arCrime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be . . ....

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The Hidden Child Reviews

  • Alex
    2018-11-29 10:23

    The Hidden Child is easily the strongest entry in Läckberg's canon to date, and this is largely attributable to the fact that in this novel she has a masterful handle on just about all of her characters. Erica is not sidelined for the first time since The Ice Princess, and Mellberg, now that we've accepted that he doesn't do any actual work, is clearly being groomed into a lovably reformed "middle aged" man in his sixties. First you throw him a dog, and the rest will follow. The crime here is fairly simple, but the reasoning behind it - and the expertly tied parallel story, the strongest Läckberg has ever written - is compelling and the cast of suspects and loved ones are well realised. There are times when it seems like sentiment is being slathered over the page, but this is the sort of emotional response that is more than forgivable five books into a series; it's practically expected. The Hidden Child is a successful novel because it is intelligent, interesting, and at least a little melancholy. If you'd given up on this series after the excesses of The Gallows Bird/The Stranger, you might want to reconsider. This is very good small town crime fiction indeed.

  • Nikoleta
    2018-11-23 09:26

    Ωραία έναρξη, στην πορεία το βιβλίο γίνεται λίγο υποτονικό όμως το κλείσιμο της ιστορίας είναι υπέροχη, δυνατή και με ένταση.

  • Aditi
    2018-12-08 03:09

    “One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.”----Jonathan Safran FoerCamilla Läckberg, the international bestselling author, is back with her new Nordic noir, The Hidden Child which is the fifth book in her popular crime thriller series, Fjällbacka. This book welcomes the well admired protagonist, Patrik Hedström, who is on a four month paternity leave for his 1 year old daughter whereas his popular crime writer wife, Erica is back to writing novels but she is distracted by sight of her mother's journals and lingering mystery behind a Nazi medal found among the belongings of her mother, soon followed by the murder of the historian whom Erica had sought help for that medal's history right before his tragic death.Synopsis: Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family's past and finally uncover the reasons why.Her inquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother's circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica's husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old?Reluctantly Erica must read her mother's wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica's past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be… Patrik is on leave for his daughter Maja and he can't stop himself from disturbing his wife, Erica who is back to writing novels in the very comfort of their home. But on the very first day of his leave, Patrik is stumbled upon a crime scene where the dead body of an old historian has been found by his colleagues, and little did Patrik knew that Erica had sought help, not very long time ago, from the same historian about an old Nazi war medal that she found among her late mother's belongings. Together Patrik and Erica embark upon a forgotten path taking them back in time through Erica's mother's journals that narrate the period when the world war II is coming to an end, in order to find the connection of her mother and her friends in Sweden in the war. Eventually the history begins to unravel right in front of their eyes when the hidden secrets surface up about a young and naive couple who got caught up between love and war.The book held me from the very first chapter till the very last line of the book, although I must say, the book ended with a bang(I mean literally! )- a cliffhanger hinting to the next book in the series. The book opens a bit slow and all the while it felt like there's no point of stretching such a good story for so long by withholding the secret which finally became very obvious midway through the story. Anyhow, what allured me to stick to this book is the way the author narrates the whole story, bit-by-bit, piece-by-piece in a forward motion, where there were no wrong turns to mislead me into another theory of what has actually happened in Erica's mother's past.The writing style is flawless, with a captivating narrative style. The prose is evocative since most of the time it brings up the past despite of the clean slate kind of situation. The importance of having family is closely observed in this story thus leaving the readers with a feeling of longing for their families. Moreover, the author captures the aura of the war and how war affects the bonds of the families if someone from that family becomes a prisoner of the war and how war can bring people together and they destroy those newly formed bonds, all these themes are delicately depicted into this story.The mystery doesn't play any games with the minds of readers, yet the author takes a lot of time to unravel it, by giving each and every character a proper presence in this puzzle, I mean it's like every one adds up to this mystery. The atmosphere that the author sets in to this story line is thick in suspense and gives a chilling feeling while reading it and the very essence of evil, since the best part of this story is the careful postmortem of darkness underlying during the era of war.The characters are strongly developed, with lots of back story so that the readers are able to contemplate with each and every one of her characters in this book. The demeanor reflected in each people of this small city in Sweden is impressive, where all the families have their own story to tell. The main characters are developed with the pace of the mystery. The author here simply played with the minds of the readers in her own way, thus reproducing a brilliant masterpiece. And I promise, there are some characters in the book which are going to stay with you long after the end of the story.The author gives a vivid picture of Fjällbacka, where the story is set, given the fact that the descriptions in the book are very detailed and with such intricacy the plot has been laid out, that it feels like the reader is himself watching the crime scenes unfolding right in front of his eyes. Moreover, the author strikingly captures the cold and the gray backdrop of yet another amazing city in the world, Fjällbacka, that comes alive with the story.Since this is the third book that I read in this series, the first being not so memorable for me, but surprisingly this book stands out in the mellow, which being a bit tedious yet maintains that old charm of being intriguing and intense both at the same time.Verdict:Nordic noir at its best and Camilla knows how to device a page turning thriller with a flavor of history and a deathly murder plot.

  • Katia Petsali
    2018-11-22 02:23

    4/5 γιατί περίμενα το κάτι παραπάνω που δεν ήρθε! Κατα τα άλλα καλό, χιούμορ στα σωστά σημεία, χειρισμός λεπτών θεμάτων με δεξιοτεχνία, με κούρασε προς το τέλος...

  • Alex
    2018-11-24 08:10

    I'm not really sure why I'm still reading these, but I guess they're predictably enjoyable? I'm always really into the mysteries, and you pretty much know it's going to unfold really slowly.Still, they are uncomfortably sexist sometimes, even though Lackberg seems to be making an effort to sort of drag that discussion into her story. But, like, Patrik will do things like go on an accidental two-hour errand run, while leaving the baby with Erica even though she's now working and he's on paternity leave, and then Erica will be pissed at him...but then it's fine? Like, he doesn't really get it? And eventually she's like, "Oh, I overreacted". Um, excuse me, you didn't overreact; you had a totally normal reaction of a person who is entitled to do work like a human without your husband (who is supposed to be the main caretaker at this point) suddenly giving you the kid.Lackberg sort of, maybe, wraps this up towards the end, but it still doesn't FEEL that good to me. These books are feminist-y with a patriarchal twist, and that's always been SUPER weird and conflicting to me (I feel this way about most Scandinavian crime fiction though), but that will definitely not stop me from reading the next one.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-17 02:15

    In Fjällbacka, Sweden two teens break into the house of Erik Frankel, an elderly man who collects Nazi memorabilia. They're shocked to discover his badly decomposed body. Coincidentally true crime writer Erica Falck, looking through belongings of her deceased mother, Elsy, finds some diaries and a Nazi medal. Thus starts a dual investigation - the police look into Erik's death and Erica searches for information about her mother. The story alternates between the present-day and the 1940s (during World War II), when some Swedes aided the resistance in Nazi-occupied Norway. The mysteries in the book multiply when a woman with Alzheimer's disease is killed and Elsy's friends are curiously reluctant to talk about Elsy with her daughter, Erica. The book has plenty of interesting characters, including Nazi sympathizers, Nazi hunters, a motley crew of detectives, a cute child, and a stray dog that helps its new owner find romance. I found the characters more interesting than the mystery at the heart of the story, which turned out to be fairly ordinary and foreshadowed by the book's title. Also, once the mystery was resolved the explanation was too long and drawn out. The book does provide some interesting insight into Sweden's role in WWII and the fate of Scandinavian prisoners of war. Overall, an okay book.You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  • Jeanette
    2018-11-26 10:23

    I'm generous giving this a 3. Closer to a 2.5 star because these novels (Lackberg series) are not as much crime or mystery genre anymore as they are continuing character minutia tracts. The read is 40% character trivia that is basically unrelated whimsy and only on a super wide tangent from any fact or semi-involved relationship that has anything to do with the plot or outcome of the "mystery". A run on sentence but that's what is going on more and more with each progressive Lackberg novel. I doubt I will read anymore. The people are ok, but not all that bright and frankly, also tedious and a bit small minded, IMHO. And at the same time the main 4 or 5 characters have also become pure stereotypes. It has a dumbing down result that just kills any entertainment value for me.

  • Thomas
    2018-11-27 06:25

    Βαθμολογία: ★★★★Το πέμπτο βιβλίο της σειράς μου φάνηκε και το καλύτερο μέχρι στιγμής. Η υπόθεση έχει μια πιο προσωπική διάσταση, αφού εμπλέκεται άμεσα η μητέρα της πρωταγωνίστριας. Τα κεφάλαια που διαδραματίζονται στη διάρκεια του Β' Παγκόσμιου μου φάνηκαν ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέροντα, παρόλο που είναι φτωχά σε ιστορικά στοιχεία. Μια λεπτομέρεια που μου άρεσε πολύ είναι ότι η συγγραφέας ρίχνει εδώ τους σπόρους για το επόμενο βιβλίο, αφού μας συστήνει τον Κρίστιαν και το βιβλίο που γράφει («Η γοργόνα»). Αν δεν έχετε διαβάσει Läckberg, μπορείτε κάλλιστα να ξεκινήσετε από αυτό.

  • Anna
    2018-12-10 05:18

    Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι η πέμπτη περιπέτεια του Πάτρικ και της Ερίκα στη Φιελμπάκα, όπου μάλλον όλοι οι κάτοικοί της έχουν καλά κρυμμένα μυστικά που έρχονται στο φως μέσα από φόνους. Αφού σε κάποια στιγμή ο ίδιος ο Μέλμπεργκ (απολαυστικότατος σε αυτό το βιβλίο) αναρωτιέται τι έχουν πάθει οι κάτοικοι της Φιελμπάκα και σκοτώνουν ο ένας τον άλλο!!! (την ώρα που πριν αρχίσει η σειρά ο Πάτρικ είχε παραδεχτεί ότι μόνο με κλοπές ποδηλάτων είχε ασχοληθεί.... να φταίει άραγε η Ερίκα και η παρουσία της στην περιοχή????Πάντως στην περιπέτεια αυτή η Ερίκα βάζει αρκετά το χεράκι της στα γεγονότα, όπου συνέπεσε η δική της έρευνα για τη μητέρα της κατά τα χρόνια του 2ου Παγκόσμιου Πολέμου να ταυτίζεται με τα θύματα - γέροι, παιδικοί φίλοι της μητέρας της που φαίνεται να κρύβουν ένα φοβερό μυστικό. Για τρίτη φορά - ο Μέλμπεργκ το αντιμετωπίζει διασκεδαστικά, νομίζω τον αγάπησα σε αυτό το βιβλίο τον καημένο - γίνεται εκταφή πτώματος - πλέον μάλιστα δεν θα προκαλεί εντύπωση! και κάπου εκεί το μυστήριο αρχίζει να λύνεται. Για όσους είχαν ξενερώσει που στα τελευταία βιβλία η Ερίκα είχε πιο δευτερεύον ρόλο λόγω της γέννησης της κόρης της, πλέον έχει επιστρέψει κανονικά στη δράση, με τον Πάτρικ να περιορίζεται στο σπίτι, έχοντας άδεια πατρότητας (βέβαια το έχει σκάσει κάμποσες φορές για να συμμετέχει στην έρευνα, παρέα με το μωρό στο τόπο του εγκλήματος). Ο Μάρτιν αναλαμβάνει μεγαλύτερο ρόλο και είναι συμπαθέστατος, η Πάουλα, η καινούρια αστυνομικός φαίνεται φυσιολογική και ελπίζω να συνεχίσει να εμφανίζεται στις επόμενες περιπέτειες - βέβαια η Λάκμπεργκ δεν συνηθίζει να σκοτώνει όλους τους αστυνομικούς, ο Νέσμπο το κάνει, άρα δεν κινδυνεύουμε!!! Από την άλλη, μου φαίνεται πολύ ενδιαφέρον που μέσα από τη σειρά των βιβλίων μαθαίνω τη σύγχρονη ιστορία των βόρειων χωρών, τα κοινωνικά τους προβλήματα και τα θέματα που τους απασχολούν. Για παράδειγμα, η γονική άδεια, που την παίρνουν άνδρες και γυναίκες, το ζευγάρι γκέυ γυναικών που αποκτά παιδί, αλλά και η φιλοξενία είναι από τα ενδιαφέροντα παράπλευρα θέματα. Στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο γίνεται αναφορά στο 2ο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο, στη βία που αυτός γέννησε αλλά και στην αθώα αγάπη, που η άρνησή της μεταμορφώνει τους ανθρώπους. Νομίζω ότι είναι από τα λίγα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει όπου αυτές οι διηγήσεις γίνονται από γυναίκα, και μάλιστα από μια μητέρα και οι οπτικές γωνίες της έχουν πολύ μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον. Οι νεοναζιστικές οργανώσεις εμφανίζονται και στο έργο της Λάκμπεργκ, καταδικάζοντάς τες απλά περιγράφοντας πώς φαίρονται (δηλαδή δεν χρειάζονται πολλά λόγια).Γενικά, νομίζω ότι σε σχέση με τα προηγούμενα βιβλία της, αυτό είναι πιο ώριμο, αλλά εξακολουθεί να είναι φλύαρο. Χωρίς να έχει τον πολιτικό λόγο και να ασκεί έντονη κοινωνική κριτική με τα διεφθαρμένα κυκλώματα, ακολουθεί το δικό της δρόμο, με την αφήγηση να είναι απολαυστική (θα μπορούσε να είναι βέβαια και 100 σελίδες μικρότερο από τις 600+ που κρατάει) και ευκολοδιάβαστη. Αν η Λάκμπεργκ θεωρείται κλασική Σκανδιναβή συγγραφέας, το παιδί από τη Γερμανία θα ήταν μια καλή επιλογή για όποιον θέλει να διαβάσει ένα βιβλίο της.

  • Stacia
    2018-12-14 03:10

    This just wasn't a very good book.Some parts of it were okay: I didn't know that much about Sweden during the Second World War, so that bit of the story line was interesting.One problem with a translated work is that it's hard to know where to assign blame for the book's faults regarding language. Was the original in as desperate need of editing, or is the translator responsible for the language that really needed to be tightened up?But many of the flaws in this book must be laid at the feet of the author. First of all: If the mother didn't want to have kids, why in the world did she end up having two of them when she was almost 40? That makes absolutely no sense to me.Another huge problem is the insanely precocious daughter of the main couple in the series. Having just reached her first birthday, she's characterized very much as a toddler instead. Her development is at least a year above what it's supposed to be, and now that there are two more babies on the way, I think I might just give up on this series. I already had to read two way-too-long birth scenes in this book; there's no way I can sit through two more of them, plus two more precocious children characters.

  • Hannie
    2018-11-18 03:18

    Het duurde lang voordat ik echt in het verhaal zat. Veel langer dan bij de voorgaande delen. Daarom heb ik het boek drie sterren gegeven. Als het boek me vanaf het begin meer had gegrepen, had ik het vier sterren gegeven. Want het verhaal van Erica’s moeder is erg interessant en verklaart een hoop. Daarom is het wel een belangrijk boek in de serie. Ondanks dat dit boek me iets tegenviel, ben ik toch wel benieuwd naar het volgende deel. Al ga ik nu eerst wat anders lezen.

  • Nada EL Shabrawi
    2018-12-14 10:18

    رواية بوليسية مميزة، بحبكة في غاية الدقة.

  • Ema
    2018-12-11 05:08

    I was an avid reader of detective novels in high school, but I haven't tried this genre for quite a while. I decided to leave the classics aside and dive into unknown territories, those of the modern writers of detective fiction. My first try (apart from Stieg Larsson) was the Scandinavian Camilla Läckberg, who turned out to be a big disappointment. Another reason not to fall prey again to a good rating and a promising synopsis. If you brace yourself and read this book nonetheless, be ready for an epidemic of pregnant women, cups of coffee at every page and hour of the day, domestic scenes that are boring as hell - which I soon started to skip - and a detective investigation that is diluted and just as tasteless as a watery cocktail.I was indecisive between Jo Nesbø, Boris Akunin and Camilla Läckberg and in the end I chose her - what a waste of time! I finished this 600 pages book in no time though, because I skipped more than half of it. For the most part, The Hidden Child is a bad quality soap opera, with a detective story that is shredded into tiny slices interspersed with boring accounts of domestic life. You could read this novel in the worst conditions imaginable and still keep track of the plot. This kind of books, along with the Sandra Brown type and the most recent vampire literature, are - for me - an explanation for the fact that some people are still reading. I don't want to offend anyone, but I'm afraid that, if such easy-type novels would cease to exist, the number of readers would reduce drastically. Try to also read some novels that challenge your brain and teach you something. Don't make this kind of books your only connection to the literature world.

  • Heba
    2018-12-18 05:29

    ...ها انا قد تعرفت على كاتبة بارعة جديدة فى عالم الكشف عن الجريمةبالرغم من تعدد الشخصيات إلا إن الكاتبة وفقت في الانتقال في السياق الحواري بسلاسة وانسيابية دونما ان تفقد خيطاً من نسيج الحبكة الروائيةبالرغم من إن الأشخاص محل الاشتباه بارتكاب الجريمة تعرفت عليهم من البداية ولكن النهاية جاءت مخالفة لتوقعاتي وهنا تيقنت من براعة الكاتبة في أنها تمنحك ان تُعمل ذكائك وتكشف معها ما يكتنف الأحداث من ملابسات ويصدقك حدسك ولكن لن تدعك تفوز بالكشف عن الحقيقة في نهاية اللأمر اكتشفت"ايريكا" بعد وفاة والدتها إنها كتبت أحداث حياتها اليومية منذ أن كانت في مرحلة المراهقة ولكنها توقفت فجأة عام 1944 عن مواصلة الكتابة كما إن هناك أشياء تحتفظ بها لا يمكنها معرفة صلتها بهاوعلى الجانب الآخر يحاول صبيان اقتحام منزل "ايريك" للتعرف على ما يقتنيه من اشياء تاريخية ثمينة واذ بهما أمام جثة ملقاة ويسرعان بابلاغ الشرطة من هنا تنطلق أنت في رحلة البحث عن الحقيقة ولن تتوقف حتى تصل اليها ..

  • Marsha
    2018-12-06 03:29

    If you haven't discovered Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg yet, you are in for a treat. Her first three books, in order are:The StonecutterThe PreacherGallow's BirdHad I known, I would have begun with the trilogy in order, but the first book I happened upon was Gallow's Bird, then I found The Ice Princess, her fourth. Both have recurring characters and it doesn't really matter what order you read them in as the crimes/mysteries stand on their own. The crimes are intriguing and original and the characters are so realistic that you get sucked into the minutiae of their lives.The Hidden Child was every bit as good as the others I've read. This one connects an incident in World War II with a current murder and a mysterious trunk found in the attic.

  • Magil
    2018-12-12 10:16

    I was disappointed in this book right from the first chapter when the author had a one year old more advanced than she should have been. On page 80 the author had the medical examiner explain that Erik had been killed by a right handed person standing in front of him who hit him on the right temple. Later in the book, the killer stated that he had dropped the stone bust on the top of Erik’s head. The reactions of her characters were often in excess of the circumstances. The plot was predictable and most characters poorly developed. This story could have been condensed into a book half its size. I was quite disappointed.

  • Xana
    2018-12-03 04:30

    Gosto imenso da escrita da Camilla.Este livro é grande e isso assusta-me logo pois livros longos tendem a aborrecer-me.Não foi o caso, gostei muito mesmo, a pontuação justa seriam as 4,5*, mas recaiu para as 5* por não me ter custado a ler em momento nenhum. Adorei ler a história da mãe da Erica, e da nova faceta de Patrick.Adorei os pormenores históricos, coisa que habitualmente nem aprecio. Aconselho, sem reservas. Adorei

  • Kenchiin
    2018-12-14 07:33

    An intense page-turner. Crime Fiction at its finest.

  • Yanper
    2018-11-27 08:14

    Το βιβλίο έχει δυο συνδεόμενες πλοκές, από τη μια η ιστορία των φόνων που διαδραματίζονται στο παρόν και από την άλλη η ιστορία του παρελθόντος το 1943-45. Η υπόθεση είναι ενδιαφέρουσα, και διαβάζεται εύκολα. Όπως συνηθίζουν οι Σκανδιναβοί συγγραφείς αστυνομικών μυθιστορημάτων έτσι και η Lackberg θίγει, επιδερμικά μεν αλλά τα θίγει, κοινωνικά θέματα όπως αυτά του νεοναζισμού και του ομοφυλόφυλου ζευγαριού γυναικών που περιμένει παιδί από σπέρμα που πήρε από τράπεζα. Μπορεί να μην είναι κορυφαία στα αστυνομικά, οι ήρωες της να είναι απλοϊκοι, αλλά διαβάζεται ευχάριστα.

  • Caroline
    2018-11-27 10:20

    What do entries in a diary, a Nazi Iron Cross medal, and a retired history professor found murdered in his chair by teens who broke into his house have in common? Secrets. A dreadful secret held by a scared young man who escaped into Sweden, fleeing the Germans. Secret payments to a man by the murdered victim. A horrific secret held by a group of young friends in the 1940s. Someone is out to protect those secrets at all costs. Patrik Hedstrom has to only participate in this murder investigation on the fringe because he's supposed to be on paternity leave. His wife, Erica, starts to read some of her mother's old diaries and is inadvertently drawn into this investigation.This psychological thriller takes us into the world of resistance fighters during WWII and the risks taken by them, including that of being captured by the Nazis and placed in concentration camps, the strength of friendship and family bonds. It's a page turner that holds you in its tight grip and you can't put it down until after all secrets are laid bare.

  • Susan
    2018-11-19 06:19

    Lord, I'm still stuck in Sweden. Best Patrik Hedstrom book yet in the series for so many reasons. Will write full review tomorrow. I have to decide if I should stay in Fjallbacka or not. I'm afraid if I leave I won't return for a while and there are only a couple of books left in this series. I might have to stay....

  • Book Concierge
    2018-12-07 03:17

    Digital audio performed by Simon VanceErica’s mother has died, and when going through her mother’s possessions, she’s shocked to discover a Nazi medal. She goes to the home of a retired history professor to get information about the artifact, but he’s less than helpful and rather evasive. Two days later he’s dead. And Erica’s husband, Patrik, gets involved in the investigation.This is the fifth book in the series featuring crime writer Erica Falck and Detective Patrik Hedström, in the village of Fjällbacka, Sweden. However, it’s the first one I’ve read; I’ll have to go back to the beginning, though to truly understand the relationships between recurring characters.Läckberg uses a dual time line to tell this story. There are the events of 1945, when one young couple’s plans are shattered by prejudice and violence. And there is the current-day mystery of an artifact that threatens to reveal long-held secrets. There is also personal drama – a new baby, tensions at work, an ex-wife coming back. It’s a dark story, but Läckberg gives us a few moments of humor to break the tension. I really liked the relationships between the characters. Delving into Erica’s past in this way certainly gives a different perspective on her current self, as well as illuminate the ways in which she relates to her husband, friends and colleagues. And I loved the interplay between the detectives on the team. I look forward to reading more of the series.Simon Vance is excellent, as usual, when performing this audio. His voice simply draws the listener into the story. There are many characters to handle, and he is more than up for the task, even doing a good job of the women’s voices.

  • AdiTurbo
    2018-12-05 08:08

    Good, mature writing, better than most Scandinavian thrillers I've read. Sound character building, the writer is compassionate towards them, and doesn't present them as black or white, good or bad. Interesting plot which involves true historical events. Enjoyable read.

  • Feinmann
    2018-11-21 09:14

    Si lascia leggere. Irritanti molti degli spazi dedicati alla quotidianità familiare di Patrik ed Erica (in partucolare saremmo stati grati di avere meno notizie possibili su abitudini ed usi della piccola Maja).

  • Maria_Love_For_Books
    2018-11-30 05:30

    Πολύ καλό βιβλίο που καταπιάνεται με μια σειρά από σημαντικά κοινωνικά θέματα... Ωραίος τρόπος γραφής που βοηθά τον αναγνώστη να καταλάβει τη σουηδική κοινωνία και ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή! Οι χαρακτήρες εξελίσσονται και αντιμετωπίζουν καταστάσεις που τους αναγκάζουν να έρθουν αντιμέτωποι με θέματα ιδιαίτερα... Επίσης, η ιστορία προκαλεί συγκίνηση πράγμα που θεωρώ θετικό! Πραγματικά, το απόλαυσα!!!

  • Skorofido Skorofido
    2018-12-10 09:32

    Τόση Καμίλα μαζεμένη που διάβασα, ‘καμιλίαση’ θα πάθω στο τέλος… Έλα όμως που τα βρήκα τα «ποκετάκια» ό,τι πρέπει για την τσέπη μου κι είπα να δω που βαδίζει κι αυτή η έρμη σχέση ‘Πάτρικ – Ερίκας’.Ο Πάτρικ έχει πάρει γονική άδεια, η Ερίκα από τη μια προσπαθεί να γράψει το καινούριο της βιβλίο από την άλλη αποφασίζει να μάθει το παρελθόν της μάνας της κι ένας νέος φόνος ταράζει και πάλι την ήσυχη Φιελμπάκα. Που συγγνώμη κιόλας που θα το πω αλλά στην «Παγωμένη πριγκίπισσα» υποτίθεται πως στη Φιελμπάκα το πιο μεγάλο έγκλημα ήταν η κλοπή ποδηλάτου κι από τότε έχουμε βαρεθεί να κάνουμε συλλογή πτωμάτων… Ούτε που σκέφτομαι να πάω προς τα κει… ποτέ δεν ξέρεις, τι μπορεί να με βρει…Ξεκινάει λοιπόν η έρευνα του φόνου, το αγαπημένο παιχνίδι της Λάκμπεργκ, αυτό το «μπρος – πίσω» στο χρόνο, το φονικό για μια ακόμη φορά έχει τις ρίζες του στο μακρινό παρελθόν. Και δίπλα στην εξιχνίαση του φόνου, όπως μας έχει συνηθίσει η συγγραφεύς βάζει και διάφορα κοινωνικά θέματα… Τούτη τη φορά βλέπουμε ένα ζευγάρι ομοφυλόφυλων γυναικών να κυοφορεί το παιδί τους, το οποίο το σπέρμα το πήραν από μια τράπεζα στη Δανία… Είπαμε η σουηδική κοινωνία σ’αυτά τα θέματα είναι μίλια μπροστά από τη δική μας, αλλά η ‘πεθερά’ παραμένει θέμα ταμπού σε όλες τις κοινωνίες… (Τι Σουηδία και τι Ελλάδα μου τσαμπουνάς… Η πεθερά είναι πεθερά…)Επειδή πλέον κοντεύω να γίνω ειδήμων εις την Λάκμπεργκ, θεωρώ «το παιδί από τη Γερμανία» το καλυτερότερό της από αυτά που έχω διαβάσει μέχρι στιγμής…Α! και θα σας την σπάσω και λίγο γιατί για μια ακόμη φορά βρήκα τον / την δολοφόνο σχετικά νωρίς (αν και ομολογώ πως δεν μπορούσα να βρω την αιτία… η οποία αιτία, δεν με χάλασε ομολογώ…)Αυτά τα ολίγα…Ας πάμε σ’ένα 7.80 αυτή τη φορά…http://skorofido.blogspot.gr/2016/06/...

  • João Carlos
    2018-12-03 05:27

    A escritora sueca Camilla Lackberg escreve mais um romance policial tendo como protagonistas a escritora Erica Falk e o inspector policial Patrick Hedstrom. Aparentemente nada de novo – continuidade temática na tranquila cidade de Fjallbacka. No entanto, a escritora Erica Falk após gozar a licença de maternidade, procura respostas para as dúvidas suscitadas pela surpreendente descoberta dos diários da sua mãe, com quem manteve um relacionamento difícil. Um baú cheio de “incertezas” onde se destaca uma antiga medalha nazi.Com uma parte da história/investigação a decorrer na actualidade – assumindo particular destaque a vivência aparentemente rotineira dos personagens no dia-a-dia da moderna sociedade sueca – outra parte significativa e imprescindível do livro decorre num período conturbado da história sueca, nomeadamente, o envolvimento na 2º Guerra Mundial.Os flashbacks que Camilla Lackberg introduz referente ao período de 1943 a 1945 são absolutamente magistrais – através do relacionamento dos quatro jovens “presentes” e de um jovem “ausente” a que se junta mais tarde um jovem “refugiado norueguês” – e permitem-nos conhecer esses anos conturbados, que dilaceraram uma geração e uma sociedade.Decorridos mais de 60 anos o inspector Patrick Hedstrom – aparentemente a iniciar a “sua” licença de paternidade – e os seus colegas polícias, têm que investigar os vários crimes que vão surgindo, numa viagem ao passado dilacerado pelos fantasmas e segredos de um grupo de jovens unidos pela amizade e pela tragédia.Sem surpresas mais um bom livro da escritora sueca Camilla Lackberg.

  • Filipe Miguel
    2018-11-18 08:17

    Tons e ritmos dísparesDepois da agitação desconexa do enredo anterior, Ave de Mau Agoiro (The Gallows Bird), em que a autora arriscou, mas não acertou na totalidade das notas, Camilla Lackberg apostou numa nova mudança e atingiu talvez o pico de entre todas os lançamentos até este volume.Quinta entrada da saga de Patrik Hedström e Erica FalkCom o historial e caracterização das personagens perfeitamente enraizados na mente dos leitores, a autora agarrou-se ao cliffhanger do livro anterior e espraiou-o habilmente ao longo das páginas deste “Diários Secretos” (The Hidden Child). Ao invés de corridas contra o tempo ou acção em directo, ofereceu-nos investigação e o conhecer do passado de algumas das vidas de Fjällbacka.É esta a marca distintiva do livro. O ritmo mais lento, pausado, fruto das necessárias pesquisas, do remexer do passado, intercalado aqui e ali com a pintura das habituais e magistrais cenas da vida quotidiana.Exceptuando a coincidência do desfecho e um ou outro menor pormenor, todo o restante conteúdo é Camilla Lackberg no seu melhor. Presente e passado mais paralelos do que nunca. Nota: 4.5/5.0

  • Donna
    2018-11-18 06:18

    This was a solid 3 stars for me. There was much that I liked about this book and a few things that I didn't. I liked the author's set up in the beginning. It was engaging. I also liked the characters. They had some interesting characteristics. The policeman who was on paternity leave was great. That was new to me. The feeling I had in the beginning with the great set up, wasn't sustained throughout. I liked the story and the characters, it was just slow for me at times. There was too much meandering and not enough action. Plus, there seemed to be so many characters to keep track of. Those two things are my only real complaints, so I'm surprised I didn't like it more than I did. I wish I had liked this more. I think maybe my mood did not match this book.

  • June
    2018-11-17 07:06

    This is my first time reading a Camilla Lackberg novel. I saw a lot of buzz late last year about her novels and decided to try. Firstly don't read the blurb, it is somewhat misleading. This is a translated literary mystery. The strength here is the characters and the weaving of two mysteries. And it deals with the impact of world war 2. One of the themes here is the role of parenthood. The struggle for working mothers to cope and how fathers fail/thrive in their roles. Notably the main characters are new parents, Erica Falck and Patrik Hedström. Because I haven't read the prior novels I'm not sure how well developed their relationship was prior to Maja their daughter. But I was able to follow them as well as the well-fleshed out secondary characters. The other theme is secrets. This is the crux for the mysteries. Whilst I was able to figure out most of the secrets early on, I still enjoy and would recommend. This novel didn't need the neat ending. I didn't need the second last flashback. By then it was clear for the most part what had happened. This is not a clean novel- mild swearing with some violent scenes.