July 2010 Indie Next List
“This book is not just a truly gripping crime novel, but also an exploration of the hidden depths and forgotten secrets of a small community. Like the very best crime fiction, The Ice Princess is as much about discovering the truth of the characters as it is about discovering the truth of 'whodunnit'.”
— Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books At PDX, Portland, OR
"A top-notch thriller, one of the best of the genre" (Minneapolis Star Tribune
) from international crime-writing sensation Camilla Lackberg tells the story of brutal murders in a small Swedish fishing village, and the shattering, decades-old secrets that precipitated them.
In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjallbacka, Sweden, after her parents' deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It's Erica herself who finds Alex's body--suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedstrom, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex's childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik's curiosity gives way to obsession--and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it's not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there's someone out there who will do anything--even commit murder--to protect it.
Fans of Scandinavian greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour Camilla Lackberg's penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest.
“Excellent . . . a must-read for fans of Scandinavian crime literature.”
—Booklist, starred review
“A highly-touted, moody tale.” —The Washington Post
"THE ICE PRINCESS is a precisely layered, highly engrossing story. Stieg Larsson fans who give Lackberg's novel a chance to seduce them will be rewarded." --USA TODAY