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“A top-notch thriller, one of the best of the genre” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) from international crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg 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 Fjällbacka, 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 Hedström, 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 Läckberg’s penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest.

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    The Ice Princesa

    Erica writes biographies of famous women authors. She finds herself exploring the events leading up to the death of a childhood friend, while temporarily living in her childhood home in order to wrap up affairs of her parents' recent deaths. Her investigations bring her insight into her friend's haunted adolescence and adulthood. She also learns about darker events, long concealed, in her small home town.

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    Fire and Ice

    Good story, intricately woven with characters developed such that I felt comfortable with each without needing reams do detailed narrative. The relatively simple town provides a cozy setting for these characters. The cold Swedish landscape set in winter further isolates and keeps the passions held at bay. But eventually the hidden story unfolds as the enduring relationships heat up. The sadness is balanced in the end by the best of human emotions.

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