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The Hidden Child (Fjällbacka #5)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  12,341 Ratings  ·  981 Reviews
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 are
Kindle Edition, 506 pages
Published June 20th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sep 12, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2012 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, mystery
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

In Fjällbacka, Sweden two teens break into the house of Erik Frankel, an elderly man who collects Nazi memorabilia. They're shocked to discover his badly decomposed body. Coincidentally true crime writer Erica Falck, looking through belongings of her deceased mother, Elsy, finds some diaries and a Nazi medal. Thus starts a dual investigation - the police look into Erik's death and Erica searches for information about her mother.

The story alternates between the present-day and the 1940s (during
Nov 19, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι η πέμπτη περιπέτεια του Πάτρικ και της Ερίκα στη Φιελμπάκα, όπου μάλλον όλοι οι κάτοικοί της έχουν καλά κρυμμένα μυστικά που έρχονται στο φως μέσα από φόνους. Αφού σε κάποια στιγμή ο ίδιος ο Μέλμπεργκ (απολαυστικότατος σε αυτό το βιβλίο) αναρωτιέται τι έχουν πάθει οι κάτοικοι της Φιελμπάκα και σκοτώνουν ο ένας τον άλλο!!! (την ώρα που πριν αρχίσει η σειρά ο Πάτρικ είχε παραδεχτεί ότι μόνο με κλοπές ποδηλάτων είχε ασχοληθεί.... να φταίει άραγε η Ερίκα και η παρουσία της στην ...more
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
Jul 25, 2012 Xana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gosto imenso da escrita da Camilla.
Este livro é grande e isso assusta-me logo pois livros longos tendem a aborrecer-me.
Não foi o caso, gostei muito mesmo, a pontuação justa seriam as 4,5*, mas recaiu para as 5* por não me ter custado a ler em momento nenhum.
Adorei ler a história da mãe da Erica, e da nova faceta de Patrick.
Adorei os pormenores históricos, coisa que habitualmente nem aprecio.
Aconselho, sem reservas.
May 25, 2016 Kenchiin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intense page-turner. Crime Fiction at its finest.
Jul 31, 2011 Stacia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic, 2012
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Nov 01, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2017 Yanper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο έχει δυο συνδεόμενες πλοκές, από τη μια η ιστορία των φόνων που διαδραματίζονται στο παρόν και από την άλλη η ιστορία του παρελθόντος το 1943-45. Η υπόθεση είναι ενδιαφέρουσα, και διαβάζεται εύκολα. Όπως συνηθίζουν οι Σκανδιναβοί συγγραφείς αστυνομικών μυθιστορημάτων έτσι και η Lackberg θίγει, επιδερμικά μεν αλλά τα θίγει, κοινωνικά θέματα όπως αυτά του νεοναζισμού και του ομοφυλόφυλου ζευγαριού γυναικών που περιμένει παιδί από σπέρμα που πήρε από τράπεζα. Μπορεί να μην είναι κορυφαία ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Magil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Skorofido Skorofido
Τόση Καμίλα μαζεμένη που διάβασα, ‘καμιλίαση’ θα πάθω στο τέλος… Έλα όμως που τα βρήκα τα «ποκετάκια» ό,τι πρέπει για την τσέπη μου κι είπα να δω που βαδίζει κι αυτή η έρμη σχέση ‘Πάτρικ – Ερίκας’.
Ο Πάτρικ έχει πάρει γονική άδεια, η Ερίκα από τη μια προσπαθεί να γράψει το καινούριο της βιβλίο από την άλλη αποφασίζει να μάθει το παρελθόν της μάνας της κι ένας νέος φόνος ταράζει και πάλι την ήσυχη Φιελμπάκα. Που συγγνώμη κιόλας που θα το πω αλλά στην «Παγωμένη πριγκίπισσα» υποτίθεται πως στη Φιελμ
Oct 22, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lord, I'm still stuck in Sweden. Best Patrik Hedstrom book yet in the series for so many reasons. Will write full review tomorrow. I have to decide if I should stay in Fjallbacka or not. I'm afraid if I leave I won't return for a while and there are only a couple of books left in this series. I might have to stay....
Jul 16, 2015 AdiTurbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, mature writing, better than most Scandinavian thrillers I've read. Sound character building, the writer is compassionate towards them, and doesn't present them as black or white, good or bad. Interesting plot which involves true historical events. Enjoyable read.
Filipe Miguel
Sep 11, 2013 Filipe Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, romance, thriller, drama
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
Feb 06, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery, crime
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
Feb 01, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This was a solid 3 stars for me. There was much that I liked about this book and a few things that I didn't. I liked the author's set up in the beginning. It was engaging. I also liked the characters. They had some interesting characteristics. The policeman who was on paternity leave was great. That was new to me.

The feeling I had in the beginning with the great set up, wasn't sustained throughout. I liked the story and the characters, it was just slow for me at times. There was too much meande
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
Aug 25, 2015 Albert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg is considered book #5 in the Patrick Hedstrom series but it is the fourth or third to be translated and made available to English reading audiences. Though it is referred to as the Patrick Hedstrom series it is quite a bit more the Ericka Falck Hedstrom story as she once again taking center stage in this mystery of murder, betrayal and a buried past.

Erica is a crime writer, mother and wife to Detective Patrick Hedstrom. In going through the possessions of her
Chrissa Vasileiou
Jul 03, 2013 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
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
Dec 31, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The fifth installment in the Camilla series of books and this one is a real favourite of ours due to the history and weaving in of past and present. The best and strongest in the series for the subject matter and the complex yet fascinating story.

A horrible secret from the past slowly comes to light - about a young man who fled the Germans and came to Sweden looking to start over. Turns out the murder victim was making regular payments to someone for some reason.

could it be that he wanted a secr
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
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
محمد مختار
رواية بوليسية من الدرجة الأولى
حبكة أكثر من محكمة لا توجد بها ثغرة واحدة
كتابة الروايات البوليسية عمل صعب، سرد الجريمة وكيفية اكتشافها تباعا مع إعطاء الفرصة للقارىء للتفكير مع المحقق وفي نفس الوقت قطع أي طريق عليه للعثور على الحل حتى يكمل الرواية
يعني يجب على الكاتب أن يشعر القارىء أن له وللمحقق في الرواية نفس الفرص لإكتشاف الجريمة، ومع ذلك يجب على القارىء ألا يكتشفها، معادلة صعبة بتوزنها شعرة
في الرواية دي الكاتبة حققت المعادلة بإمتياز
الرواية بتحكي عن جريمة قتل عادية، رجل عجوز يعيش وحيدا، يتم اكتشا
Reinaldo Lourenço
Pois... nem sei bem o que escrever...
Sem duvida o livro que menos gostei da Camilla... Ritmo mais lento devido às investiagaçoes ao passado, não tanto focado no crime mas sim nas motivaçoes.
Parece-me que a autora quis aumentar a compelexidade das suas obras, nao desgostei da narrativa ser interrompida com os flashbacks do passado mas acho que o livro em si ficou mais "chato" e até previsivel... uma das personagens principais só aparece a meio do livro, se tirassem 100 paginas o livro ficaria mai
The story itself was 4 stars but the narration probably 2 stars. The narrator used this annoying old-man-gruff voice for multiple characters which was very very confusing. The mystery starts with the murder of an elderly man. It evolves into a mystery going back to World War II and Nazis. It moves between the past and present which was also confusing in the audio version. Nonetheless, it was a good story, and would make a gripping read, but I cannot recommend the audio version.
Barbara Kinsky
Jul 24, 2014 Barbara Kinsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii-holocaust
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!
Fengi fleiri stjörnur ef þýðandinn kynni þó ekki væri nema eina ypsilon-reglu og notaði ekki "það var sagt mér - málfræði". Held ég setji þennan höfund á hilluna nema ég finni bækurnar hennar á ensku.
This is my first time reading a Camilla Lackberg novel. I saw a lot of buzz late last year about her novels and decided to try. Firstly don't read the blurb, it is somewhat misleading. This is a translated literary mystery. The strength here is the characters and the weaving of two mysteries. And it deals with the impact of world war 2.

One of the themes here is the role of parenthood. The struggle for working mothers to cope and how fathers fail/thrive in their roles. Notably the main character
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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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Other Books in the Series

Fjällbacka (10 books)
  • The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
  • The Preacher (Patrik Hedström, #2)
  • Stenhuggaren (Patrik Hedström, #3)
  • Olycksfågeln (Patrik Hedström, #4)
  • The Drowning (Patrik Hedström, #6)
  • Fyrvaktaren (Patrik Hedström, #7)
  • Änglamakerskan (Patrik Hedström, #8)
  • Lejontämjaren (Patrik Hedström, #9)
  • Häxan (Patrik Hedström, #10)

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