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The Ice Princess (Fjällbacka #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  21,664 ratings  ·  1,863 reviews
The psychological thriller debut of No.1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own li
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Paperback, 406 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2003)
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Romuald Byczkiewicz There is no lesson. There is also not much intrigue or suspense either. Lackberg comes up with good ideas for plots but doesn't follow through with…moreThere is no lesson. There is also not much intrigue or suspense either. Lackberg comes up with good ideas for plots but doesn't follow through with sharp prose or suspense built up over the chapters as the reader discovers clues along with the detective. Instead, everything was held back until the end in a very unexciting anti-climactic finish.

Lackberg is not like Mankell. Mankell explores the human condition in Sweden with his detective; the reader discovers things along with the detective and the world is seen through his prism. Lackberg's multi-character first person approach is weak and lacks direction. Other novelists have used that approach much more effectively than she has.(less)
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Masanobu
I had heard only good things about this book, but it seems this year I'm not being lucky with my readings.

In no particular order, the things that bugged me the most were:

1. This is a murder mystery novel, so there are clues the protagonists investigate to resolve it. The only problem is Läckberg tells the reader the clues after everything is resolved. Yes, the reader is excluded from the investigation, i.e. the fun of this kind of books.

2. There are blatant timeline mistakes. For example, check
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Pattie
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Vera


H Camilla Lackberg είναι η νέα πολλά υποσχόμενη Σουηδή συγγραφέας της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας. Η “Παγωμένη Πριγκίπισσα” καταφέρνει με μέσα από την κεντρική ηρωίδα την η Ερίκα Φαλκ, μια νεαρή συγγραφέα να μας χαρίσει ένα ξεχωριστό μυθιστόρημα γεμάτο μυστήριο και αγωνία χωρίς να παραλείπει να εστιάσει στον τρόπο ζωής και στις αξίες της σουηδικής κοινωνίας. Η αγάπη, η μοναξιά, η ενδοοικογενειακή βία, ο αλκοολισμός, η παιδοφιλία παρουσιάζονται άλλοτε διακριτικά και άλλοτε άμεσα γύρω από τον άξονα τ
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Nancy Oakes
Really, I've given this book 3.5 stars, but once again, I'm faced with the fact that goodreads lacks the 1/2 star option. Even though I dislike star ratings, I try to be fair and round up when I need to.

Erica Falck, the main character of this story, is a writer of biographies of famous women. However, after her childhood friend Alex Carlgren-Wijkner is found dead, Alex's family asks Erica to write a commemoration of her life for the local newspaper in Fjällbacka, where Alex lived until age 10 an
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Vera

H Camilla Lackberg is a new promising Swedish author of crime fiction. The "Frosted Princess" manages through its central heroine Erika Falk, a young writer to give us a unique novel full of mystery and suspense without failing to focus on the lifestyle and values ​​of Swedish society. Love, loneliness, domestic violence, alcoholism, pedophilia presented sometimes subtly and sometimes directly around the axis of the murder of Alex, who is found dead in a bathtub by her childhood friend, Eric. Th
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The Writer
After finishing Stieg Larsson's fabulous trilogy, it is only natural for me to hunt for more Swedish authors writing criminal-genre novels and Camilla Läckberg happened to be the next one on the list - at least in my town library's list.

It is quite funny how Swedish writers tend to write their books in a batch of three - as a trilogy and Isprinsessen - which literally means "The Ice Princess" in English is the first of the three. Another similarity with Larsson's book that strikes me the most is
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Luís Miguel
Relembro - principalmente a mim próprio - que certo tipo de policiais abdica da acção para construir as suas personagens, com uma característica chave que guia as suas acções do início ao fim. Não esperem evolução das escassas camadas de personalidade desta gente.

Também, os pormenores técnicos da investigação que deveriam ser rotineiros (como procurar os últimos números de telefone marcados pela vítima) acabam por servir de peças escondidas do puzzle ou o facto da narração ser directa até decidi
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Cristina
Partamos de la base de que el libro no es gran cosa. Pero que si buscas simplemente algo con lo que entretenerte, cumple de sobra su función.

Tiene algunos fallos que me resultarían intolerables en el caso de que me hubiera tomado esta lectura en serio, pero como no lo ha sido, simplemente me resultan anecdóticos:

En primer lugar, la distribución cronológica de los hechos es confusa. Más que confusa, diría que está incluso equivocada, aunque no pondría la mano en el fuego por esta afirmación. Sól
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Raluca
This has to be one of the worst mystery novels I've read so far. In fact, I'm not even sure if it's supposed to be 'mystery'. More like 'character discovers x clue, reader is not told what it actually contains, character suddenly reveals it much later on in a really dramatic, Scooby-Doo fashion'. And this happened throughout all the book.

Then there was the narrative. In the beginning, I thought it was a translation issue. Verbal tenses seemed inconsistent, there was some really awkward phrasing
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Miguel
Com uma comparação manhosa e inadequada estampada na capa, porque em muito pouco ou nada se pode equiparar a Rainha do Crime , Agatha Christie, com a novata Camilla Läckberg, A Princesa de Gelo despertou-me um interesse algo depravado; quis saber em que medida e em que fundamento se apoiava essa estratégia editorial. (o que comprova que a publicidade sensacionalista surtiu efeito e eu tenho culpa no cartório!)

Não houve espaço para remorsos e arrependimento, porque depressa me esqueci de
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Dorian
Pretty dreadful. I'm not quite sure how I read the whole thing--in little bits and pieces over the semester, I think--maybe that prevented me from seeing its full lameness? Dunno. Turns out not all Scandanavian crime fiction is fantastic.
James Thane
Beginning with her 2002 novel, Isprinsessan, Camilla Lackberg has been a popular crime fiction novelist in Sweden. In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the current wave of interest in Scandanavian crime fiction in the U.S., Lackberg's first novel has now been published here as The Ice Princess.

Erica Falck, a writer, returns to her small hometown of Fjallbacka, a Swedish fishing village, to deal with family matters in the wake of her parents' deaths. No sooner does she arrive, though, when her
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Tommy
Barely two stars. The writing was terrible, though I don't know whether to blame that on the author or the translator. The story was a bad version of an episode of CSI or Law and Order SVU, complete with caricatures of the useless/incompetent station chief, small town murder, sappy unnecessary romance, family complications, and other things I don't want to give away for anyone who actually still wants to read this.

I'd read a decent amount of press on this and saw a signed copy at a Partners and
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Sarah ( Paris )
الخوف الأزلي من نظرة المجتمع هو المتهم الرئيسي في هذه الرواية .
حتى بعد مرور خمسٍ وعشرين سنة ، بظل هذا الهاجس يلاحق المجتمع الصغير في قرية ساحلية سويدية ..
"ماذا سيقول الجيران ؟ ماذا سيقول عنَّا الآخرون ؟"
مما يؤدي لتدمير حياة أشخاص لعقود من الزمن ، وجرائم قتل وانتحار .
كانت هذه رواية إسكندنافية نموذجية ، مواضيعها : " إعتداءات على الأطفال ، العنف ضد المرأة ، قصور القوانين ، أسرار قديمة و الكثير من الثلج .
بعد عشر روايات تقريباً قرأتها في الأدب الإسكندينافي .. كان سهلاً تحديد سير الرواية وإلى أين ستنت
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Katie
I feel so lackluster about this book that it's not even worth posting a review. Maybe I would have been shocked to discover who the murderer was, if I'd had a chance to solve the mystery, but I didn't. The characters often find important clues that we aren't allowed to see (for example, finding a piece of paper with something important written on it, which we're told, but we don't know what it says). For me, that's a fail on the writer's account. When I have access to the information, and the op ...more
Marina
The old man was checking the house. The lady who owned the house gave him the key. But the moment he went in, he knew that something was wrong. Checking the rooms , he went into the bathroom. A woman was there in the bath tub, veins cut, naked. Blood everywhere. Leaving the house in panic, he met another neighbor, Erica, and took her in the house to show her what he had found. The body was Erica’s childhood best friend Alexandra, the owner of the house. She was lying there in the white bathroom ...more
Ted
I would not recommend this book. Really. It reads like a romance novel masquerading as a mystery. The author's favorite device is to have one of the people investigating the story "discover" a piece of important information which just happens to be lying around in view without telling you what that piece of important information is for fifty pages. The equivalent of a tv series cliff hanger. I could forgive it if she did this once but she uses this device repeatedly. This is an obvious attempt t ...more
Jola
Review also on www.jolasbookshelf.wordpress.com

For a best-selling novel I expected something else. The plot moved very slowly, there were many unnecessary family drama scenes, some of them unresolved (Anna's story - but there's a sequel, so maybe?). It annoyed me, when the character found clues and didn't reveal them to the reader - it took away all the fun of reading mystery novel and trying to find the killer. The most important piece of information was given at the beginning, yet the Patrick
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Lavinia
I suppose that a book that kept me in bed reading all day deserves at least 4 stars. Might delve into Scandinavian thrillers more often. Yet still amazed at the quantity of coffee these Swedes drink.
Petra
I'll write a review tomorrow, right now I feel like I need to bleach my brain after this stupid book! Someone give me a good book damn it! I'm tired of reading one stupid book after another -_-

Update:
ok here comes the review but be warned ! I didn't bother removing potential spoilers so if you plan on reading this, then don't read anymore.


I finished this book relatively fast, not because it was good but because I wanted it to be over as soon as possible.
I haven't been lucky in the books I chose
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Really liked it, this is the first of the Camilla Lackberg crime/mystery series. Set in a small Swedish town, Detective Patrik Hedstrom is leading the investigation of what first appears to the a suicide of a young woman found dead in her bath. Evidence however arises that shows she was actually murdered. Erica Falck, a writer who is back home after her parents death, is taken to the scene of the death, when a neighbour finds the body and Erica is shocked to see her childhood best friend dead. S ...more
Doris
This book is hard to rate, because although in some ways it was extremely well done, there were places where it was annoying, such as when a character picks up a list or a note, and the reader never gets the details of what is in that note. In addition, the female characters for the most part seem to be incomplete without the approval of the males in their lives.

That being said, it was a good read. It had a nice flow, with a deceased who was a bit of an enigma, and a main female character who w
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R.
Dans ce polar, celle qui joue le rôle de la détective est Erica Falck, une romancière suédoise. L'intrigue se déroule à un époque contemporaine dans un petit village suédois au nom imprononçable de Fjällbacka. Une jeune femme originaire du village est retrouvée morte dans sa baignoire dans une posture qui évoque le suicide, les poignets entaillés par une lame de rasoir. La porte de la maison est restée ouverte, l'eau a gelé — je vous rappelle que nous sommes en Suède — ce qui nous donne une bell ...more
Misha
So disappointing! I had hoped to like it more than I did. Unfortunately, I could never connect with the writing style or the characters. That might have been because I read the translated version.

I was bored right from the start. I forced myself not to give up on the book, hoping it would get better. It just got slower and more boring instead. The two main characters, though likable enough, had a tendency to behave and think more like teenagers. Plus I never really felt anything for them. The fi
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Angela
This book was described, in numerous reviews, as the next Stieg Larsson. BS. Don't waste your time. Poor writing, predictable plot (at least if you've ever seen a single episode of Law and Order, and an abundance of cliches. I am not kidding: the cop in this book actually found a notepad and used his pencil to do a rubbing of the handwriting imprints from the missing top sheet. Then other characters in the book called him clever. The only thing I learned from this book is that women in Sweden ca ...more
Tony
THE ICE PRINCESS. (2010). Camilla Lackberg. ****.
Although not her first novel, this was the first of her novels to be translated into English. The author has become a best-seller in her native Sweden and throughout Europe. It starts out with the discovery of a young woman’s body in a bathtub. Both of her wrists had been slashed. Her body had been in the tub for about a week, and a thin layer of ice had formed around her body. The body was later found by Erica, a woman with whom she had been clos
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Teresa
Um romance policial muito interessante. Uma história muito bem contada, segredos revelados no tempo certo e personagens bem delineadas.
Célia
“A Nova Agatha Christie que vem do frio” é o epíteto que a editora escolheu dar a Camilla Läckberg na capa deste livro policial que é o primeiro da série Fjällbacka (nome da pequena localidade sueca onde decorre a ação do livro). Isto suscita, por um lado, muita curiosidade a quem é fã da Agatha Christie, mas também cria expectativas muito altas e, por isso, um risco maior de ficarem defraudadas.

O livro inicia-se quando Alexandra Wijkner é encontrada morta na banheira da sua casa gelada, com cor
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Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
I find it strange that while I was reading this, Brisbane went through one of the coldest snaps in June in over 90 years. The story moves between Fjallbacka and Goteborg in Sweden and the brutal cold is mentioned over and over again. There is an inherently gothic and creepy atmosphere that comes with a Scandinavian winter, and the weather certainly sets the scene for a sensational thriller. I think what was most appealing with this novel was the main character, Erica. A wonderfully refreshing he ...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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