Ice Princess – by Camilla Läckberg

Ice PrincessSynopsis: Returning to her hometown 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 memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to 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 the small town with a deeply disturbing past.

Title: Ice Princess
Author: Camilla Läckberg
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780007416189

Rating3stars

Since reading the Millennium Trilogy I’ve steered clear of Scandinavian crime; I just never felt anyone would be able to beat Larsson’s books and didn’t want to be disappointed. But, having just finished A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow in a marathon read on the way to Tanzania, I needed something drastically different to ease my mind out of the world of Westeros. I had Lackberg’s first novel on my Kindle and thought ‘why not?’.

Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed; let’s be real, it was no Stieg Larson, but it was still pretty good. The story was gripping and I couldn’t tell ‘who dunnit’ until the end.

Saying this, I had a few issues with the book:

  1. The female characters, for the most part, seemed incomplete without male approval.
  2. Clues that were found were not shared with the reader.
  3. The budding romance created seemed forced and a bit cliché for my liking.

All in all, I enjoyed Ice Princess as a quick holiday read, maybe not her best work (it was her first novel) but still pretty decent. I’ve not been put off reading more of her books and have bought The Preacher already, though I doubt I’ll start it till my next holiday.

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