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The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka #5)

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Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family's past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother's circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions ar...more
Paperback, 506 pages
Published June 20th 2011 by Harper Torch (first published 2007)
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Alex
I'm not really sure why I'm still reading these, but I guess they're predictably enjoyable? I'm always really into the mysteries, and you pretty much know it's going to unfold really slowly.

Still, they are uncomfortably sexist sometimes, even though Lackberg seems to be making an effort to sort of drag that discussion into her story. But, like, Patrik will do things like go on an accidental two-hour errand run, while leaving the baby with Erica even though she's now working and he's on paternity...more
Alex
The Hidden Child is easily the strongest entry in Läckberg's canon to date, and this is largely attributable to the fact that in this novel she has a masterful handle on just about all of her characters. Erica is not sidelined for the first time since The Ice Princess, and Mellberg, now that we've accepted that he doesn't do any actual work, is clearly being groomed into a lovably reformed "middle aged" man in his sixties. First you throw him a dog, and the rest will follow.

The crime here is fa...more
Marsha
If you haven't discovered Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg yet, you are in for a treat. Her first three books, in order are:

The Stonecutter
The Preacher
Gallow's Bird

Had I known, I would have begun with the trilogy in order, but the first book I happened upon was Gallow's Bird, then I found The Ice Princess, her fourth. Both have recurring characters and it doesn't really matter what order you read them in as the crimes/mysteries stand on their own. The crimes are intriguing and original a...more
Stacia
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Caroline
What do entries in a diary, a Nazi Iron Cross medal, and a retired history professor found murdered in his chair by teens who broke into his house have in common? Secrets. A dreadful secret held by a scared young man who escaped into Sweden, fleeing the Germans. Secret payments to a man by the murdered victim. A horrific secret held by a group of young friends in the 1940s. Someone is out to protect those secrets at all costs.

Patrik Hedstrom has to only participate in this murder investigation...more
Sally Rivers
I've read two books by this author and it's only fair to say that she's not for me. However, I don't want to put you off. I've given it a low rating because I have to, to me it was just 'okay', but I knew as I was reading it that many others would think far more of it.

I like my crime fiction, and in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but there were just too many tangents here, too many distractons, and to be blunt, too much character contemplation of the navel.

Everyone has their own tastes. I am qui...more
Filipe Miguel
Tons e ritmos díspares

Depois da agitação desconexa do enredo anterior, Ave de Mau Agoiro (The Gallows Bird), em que a autora arriscou, mas não acertou na totalidade das notas, Camilla Lackberg apostou numa nova mudança e atingiu talvez o pico de entre todas os lançamentos até este volume.

Quinta entrada da saga de Patrik Hedström e Erica Falk

Com o historial e caracterização das personagens perfeitamente enraizados na mente dos leitores, a autora agarrou-se ao cliffhanger do livro anterior e espra...more
Maria João Fernandes
"Os Diários Secretos" é o quinto livro da série sueca de sucesso do Patrik Hedström, da autora Camilla Läckberg. A escritora de romances policiais transporta-nos, mais uma vez, à localidade de Fjällbacka e às suas personagens, a quem já nos afeiçoamos: o casal Erika Falk e Patrik Hedstrom e a sua filha Maja; Bertil Mellberg com a sua personalidade peculiar; Gösta Flygare e sua eterna paixão pelo golfe; Annika Jansson e sua paciência infinita, como secretária de Mellberg; Martin Molin e o seu des...more
Richard
Nov 15, 2013 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Crime writing is a complicated task that Camilla appears to have mastered with ease. This is the fifth book in this series that is a police procedural at its heart but about life in general. Once again we have a terrific novel, over 500 pages but captivating to the end. Can you keep a secret? The Hidden Child is about a dark secret from childhood that seeps out into a present time where those distant friends now elderly are caught up in a murder when one of their number is brutally killed - can...more
João Carlos
A escritora sueca Camilla Lackberg escreve mais um romance policial tendo como protagonistas a escritora Erica Falk e o inspector policial Patrick Hedstrom. Aparentemente nada de novo – continuidade temática na tranquila cidade de Fjallbacka.
No entanto, a escritora Erica Falk após gozar a licença de maternidade, procura respostas para as dúvidas suscitadas pela surpreendente descoberta dos diários da sua mãe, com quem manteve um relacionamento difícil. Um baú cheio de “incertezas” onde se desta...more
Carol
This was the best of the book that I have read by this author. Explanation of what the main character found in her attic at the end of the previous book, and a bit of an explanation of her relationship with her mother, altho still hard to believe one could let one's past so intrude on one's present. A well paced story.
Jeanette
I'm generous giving this a 3. Closer to a 2.5 star because these novels (Lackberg series) are not as much crime or mystery genre anymore as they are continuing character minutia tracts. The read is 40% character trivia that is basically unrelated whimsy and only on a super wide tangent from any fact or semi-involved relationship that has anything to do with the plot or outcome of the "mystery". A run on sentence but that's what is going on more and more with each progressive Lackberg novel. I do...more
Vichy
Ο Πάτρικ περνά στο παρασκήνιο καθώς παίρνει άδεια πατρότητας για να μπορέσει η Ερίκα να δουλέψει το βιβλίο της, να ξαναμπεί στον κόσμο των ενηλίκων, όπως λέει, και επί τη ευκαιρία, ανασκαλίζοντας τη σοφίτα του σπιτιού και βρίσκοντας σε ένα σεντούκι ημερολόγια και αντικείμενα της μητέρας της, να ανακαλύψει τα μυστικά του παρελθόντος της, μήπως και εξηγήσει την ψυχρή συμπεριφορά της.
Όταν, λοιπόν, πηγαίνει ένα μετάλλιο, σιδηρούν σταυρό, στον Έρικ Φράνκελ, ειδικό σε θέματα ναζισμού, δε θα καταφέρει...more
Ema
I was an avid reader of detective novels in high school, but I haven't tried this genre for quite a while. I decided to leave the classics aside and dive into unknown territories, those of the modern writers of detective fiction. My first try (apart from Stieg Larsson) was the Scandinavian Camilla Läckberg, who turned out to be a big disappointment. Another reason not to fall prey again to a good rating and a promising synopsis.

If you brace yourself and read this book nonetheless, be ready for...more
Jillwilson
Countries like Sweden have to deal with elements of World War 11 that don’t pertain to a place like Australia. The Hidden Child is about a set of secrets protected by people who were teenagers during that period. It’s always interesting to wonder about how you would react in a time of moral crisis – not sure how I would stack up.

Some neo-Nazis exist in this narrative along with a man who tracks down war criminals from that era. Part of the book explores this work. What is the point of tracking d...more
Susan
What I find so compelling about Läckberg’s Swedish crime novels is how far they go beyond the crimes and investigations themselves. She involves her readers in family stories about her recurring characters. Such family history plays a key role in “The Hidden Child” with chapters alternating between World War II times and the present.

At first I was mildly put off with the World War II flashbacks and subplots, thinking Läckberg had just jumped onto a popular bandwagon. However, I soon found myself...more
Chrissa Vasileiou
Όταν ξεκίνησα να διαβάζω το 5ο βιβλίο με τις περιπέτειες του Πάτρικ και της Ερίκα,περίμενα απλά ένα ακόμα σούπερ αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα,που δε θα με άφηνε να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου πριν φτάσω στην τελευταία σελίδα..Μια ιστορία σαν αυτές που είχα συνηθίσει στα 4 προηγούμενα βιβλία,άρτια δεμένη,δομημένη με τρόπο ζηλευτό,που σε κάνει να αναρωτιέσαι "αυτό τώρα,πώς το σκέφτηκε η ΘΕΑ;;!!!"
Και δεν απογοητεύτηκα.Γι' ακόμα μια φορά δεν μπόρεσα καν να υποψιαστώ ποιός θα μπορούσε να είναι ο ένοχος.Γιατί...more
Cláudia
Não sei bem porque insisto em seguir a CL, mas talvez porque no fundo os livros acabam por ser um bom entertenimento. Longe de serem os melhor policiais de sempre, mas a história tem sempre bastante de interessante embora tudo se passe lentamente e com os costumeiros: "isto faz-me lembrar de algo! ah bolas, já não sei"; "aquele nome era terrivelmente familiar e importante, mas... escapou-se a memória".

No geral os livros são bem escritos, mas estão tão cheios de clichés, frases feitas e lugares c...more
Carol
Well this book was an improvement over the last few in that the plot was a bit more intricate, altho the ending a little disappointing. At least there was less of the nooning of the two main characters, but now they spend their time complaining about the time it takes to be parents. I guess they never heard of hiring a babysitter, since neither of them seems to like the chore. The story of the mother's ex love is a bit over played, but well within belief to those who have been love sick 15 yearn...more
Lydia Presley
I don't read a lot of crime books. I was burned out on them years ago, but there are a few authors that make the cut for me and Camilla Lackberg is one of them. I've been following her Fjallbacka series since the first book was released and I'm always excited to see a new release pop up in my notices. THE HIDDEN CHILD did not disappoint. It solidly landed among some of my favorites of Lackberg's books and I was reminded, once again, of just how intensely absorbing this genre of book can be when...more
Hermioneginny
Due ragazzini trovano un anziano morto da mesi in casa sua. È lo stesso uomo a cui si è rivolta Erica per avere notizie sulla medaglia ritrovata nel baule della madre. Patrick è alle prese con il congedo di paternità e ci sono molte novità in arrivo...

Bello! Direi ancora più avvicente del precedente, un mistero lungo sessanta anni e mi sono piaciute le svolte che hanno preso le vite di tutti.

* Non c'è niente che sia doloroso come il cuore spezzato di un'adolescente.
* Se si possedesse una sfera d
...more
Magil
I was disappointed in this book right from the first chapter when the author had a one year old more advanced than she should have been. On page 80 the author had the medical examiner explain that Erik had been killed by a right handed person standing in front of him who hit him on the right temple. Later in the book, the killer stated that he had dropped the stone bust on the top of Erik’s head.

The reactions of her characters were often in excess of the circumstances. The plot was predictable...more
Barbara Kinsky
What a clever way the author has written this book! It kept me guessing right till the end! This book was translated from Swedish to English and it was translated so well, I could not tell the difference. I also am a sucker for reading books that go from the present to the past every alternative chapter! Brilliant thriller and highly recommended!
BoekenTrol
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It was an amazing book. Original plot, many different story lines and only towards the end the real events that happened so many years ago unfolded.

It was my first Läckberg, and for me it was not noticable that I plunged in the middle of a series with Patrik Heström as inspector. I'm not going to give away much of the contents, I do not want to spoil other people's reading pleasure.

What I want to add to this review is, that I was annoyed by the way that Pa...more
Demi
Definitely one of the most amazing books I have read so far. Camilla Lackberg is an inspiring writer, as I was reading I could feel as if I was inside, living every second, every moment. This is the first book I have read by Camilla and it definitely won't be the last. I was never interested in historical fiction books until I stumbled upon The Hidden Child, it is a mixture of mystery, thrill, passion, and devastation. I enjoyed this book so much that I was actually very depressed when it came...more
Lili
Really enjoyed reading this book; it is interesting, evocative and at times emotional. This narrative brings into focus the abhorrent issue of Neo-Nazism and racial prejudice. Patrick is now on paternity leave whilst Erica returns to her writing so there is still rather a domestic element to Läckberg's writing. This is probably the best of her books so far, a much improved read; there is a substantially enhanced flow and sensitivity exhibited in her writing. For book 5 in the series Camilla Läck...more
AntKathy
I did not realize that Camilla Lackberg's novel "The Hidden Child" is part of a mystery series. That being said, the book is definitely readable as a stand alone story.

Erica is a writer who has spent the previous year staying at home with her young daughter, Maja. It is now husband Patrik's turn to take a four month leave from his position in the local police department to care for Maja while Erica returns to her writing career.

While rummaging around in a storage area, Erica uncovers several d...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Hidden Child, by Camilla Läckberg, a-minus, Narrated by Simon Vance, Produced by Highbridge Company, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the latest in the Detective Patrick Hedstrom series. His wife, Erica Falck, a famous crime writer, is clearing up her mother’s papers after her death. She finds a nazi war medal and some notebook diaries. She takes the medal to a history professor, and within a couple of months after that, he is found murdered in his home. His brother was imprisoned during...more
Barb Klein
I have just finished reading “The Hidden Child” by Camilla Läckberg. It is a story about a crime writer and her policeman husband who are trading child-care responsibilities for their one-year-old daughter for a while. Erika Falck and her husband, Detective Patrick Falck have become involved in a murder, but each for different reasons. Erika has found, among her mother’s possessions, a Nazi medal and goes to a noted Nazi scholar to see if he knows anything about this medal. Two days later he is...more
Judy Goodnight
In my opinion, Camilla Lackberg's books just keep getting better and better. Her 5th mystery set in Fjallbacka, The Hidden Child, begins with the present day (2005) murder of a history professor. Shortly before his death, Erica Falck went to see him to get his opinion about a Nazi medal she discovered with her mother's diaries. Thus begins the parallel story of Elsy, Erica's mother, and the victim, and their circle of friends during events taking place during World War II in Sweden.

The story slo...more
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Born in 1974, Camilla Läckberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first four novels all became Swedish bestsellers. Läckberg's books are always set in or around her birthplace, the small Swedish west coast tow...more
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