Those of you who may know me will know that I am a little obsessed with Sweden. 🙂 As with Canada, I struggled with what to read for my choice for Sweden. I have so many authors that I want to read, especially because of this website. Camilla Lackberg is an up & coming author in the rest of the world, but is one of Sweden’s best known Crime writers. I’d never read any of her writing & the reviews I’ve previously read have led me to think that Lackberg is going to become one of my favourites!
The Ice Princess follows Erica Falck, a writer, who has returned to her home town of Fjällbacka after the tragic death of her parents. While in Fjällbacka settling her parents’ Estate, Erica discovers that her childhood best friend, Alex, has been found dead in her home, her wrists slashed in an apparent suicide. Soon it becomes clear that Alex hasn’t committed suicide, but has been murdered. After seeing Alex’s parents & her husband, and discovering that Alex has some deeply hidden secrets, Erica becomes a bit obsessed with the idea of writing a book about Alex’s life.
The Ice Princess follows Erica as she delves into the secrets of Alex’s life, trying to figure out what happened to Alex to lead her to death in a frozen bathtub with slashed wrists. Erica re-lives the moments of their shared childhood, trying to figure out what happened to Alex & her family to force them to leave Fjällbacka, and Erica, so suddenly, not to be heard from again until adulthood. Erica inevitably gets mixed up in the police investigation, which is being led by another childhood friend, Patrik Hedstrom. Together they investigate Alex’s past & in the process begin to discover that there is more to their relationship than meets the eye.
At times there is a bit of predictability to this book & it does sometimes read more like a romance novel than thriller but overall, I think it was a very good book. The Ice Princess is Lackberg’s first book & while it’s no Jeffery Deaver thriller, I really enjoyed it & I fully intend to read the rest of her books.