Critics are raving about this deliciously chilling new thriller from Scandanavian crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg.
Named by major media outlets, such as USA TODAY, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as a main successor to Stieg Larsson, Swedish author Läckberg is on the rise. Her new novel, which The Washington Post has already named as one of their “Ten Books We Love This Year” and praised as “richly textured and downright breathtaking,” continues the story of local detective Patrik Hedström and his girlfriend, Erica Falck, the beloved crime-solving duo whose first child has just been born. But while they celebrate this new life, a suspicious drowning claims a little girl they knew well. As the murder’s implications widen, Patrik’s investigation threatens to tear apart the rural fishing village of Fjällbacka, where a secret lurks that spans generations.
A deeply satisfying third installment in her internationally bestselling series, The Stonecutter will establish Läckberg for the U.S. audience once and for all. As USA TODAY says, “If you haven’t yet read the equally entrancing Ice Princess and The Preacher, what are you waiting for?”
L ckberg's excellent third novel set in the west coast village of Fj llbacka, like its predecessors The Ice Princess and The Preacher, strips conventional veneers from her achingly complex characters. Alternating parallel narratives embroil readers first in the present-day murder by drowning of little Sara Klinga, then in the rise and fall many decades earlier of Agnes Stjernkvist, a venomous schemer who lusts after honest stonecutter Anders Andersson. Investigating Sara's death is series lead Det. Patrik Hedstr m, now an exhausted new father, whose partner, Erica, is suffering through a desperate postpartum depression. L ckberg gradually tightens the disparate narrative strands noose-like around her numerous remorselessly dissected characters, her signature reversal revealing shocking and poignant truths about the residents of Fj llbacka, where she herself was born. With at least nine more novels waiting for English translation and the Swedish TV series Fj llbacka Murders in the works, L ckberg has rapidly become one of the most profitable native authors in Sweden's history.
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Outstanding book! I could not put this down until I found out who murdered Sara! The characters are so wonderfully developed and perfectly represent good and evil! Even though Lillian is not the birth daughter of her murderer/monster mother, she was scarred for life by the cruel abuse she suffered at her hands. Anders was light, love, and goodness compared to the evil and darkness represented by Agnes. The mental cruelty and abuse by parents leave permanent damage--and society suffers from the fallout for years. On the bright side, Patrick and Erika represent goodness, and hope for the future. Great book! Loved it!