The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
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The Ice Princess (Fjällbacka #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  16,906 ratings  ·  1,584 reviews
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 Er...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Free Press (first published 2002)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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...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
Teresa
Um romance policial muito interessante. Uma história muito bem contada, segredos revelados no tempo certo e personagens bem delineadas.
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
Rebecca Maines
Like, oh, just about everyone, I finished the Millennium trilogy and wanted more. Lackberg's book is a page turner, all right, a compelling enough mystery with well-drawn and appealing lead characters, but ultimately it disappointed me for two reasons.

The first is purely mechanical, and could have been solved by the hand of a decent editor. The author persists in telling us, in a character's point of view, that he or she has uncovered some dramatic piece of evidence or stunning revelation--but w...more
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
Trish
I wrote this review several times already and must have (several times?) mistakenly erased it. Anyway, I had to create a new bookshelf for this--Romance--because it sometimes veered into phrases like "I hoped I looked pretty enough for him..." and "his strong arms enveloped me..." I was in the wilds of New Hampshire and hadn't the will, nor the means, to find something more challenging, so I finished it. As murder mysteries go, this was relatively harmless: two suspicious deaths and two beatings...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...more
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
Xana
Foi a minha estreia com a autora, e adorei a forma como escreve... Estive até quase ao fim sem saber quem era o assassino!!
Quero ler mais :)
Marie80
Конечно после Стиг Ларсон да прочитам нешто што навистина ќе ми се допадне и ќе ми го привлече вниманието!
Diana Barbosa
O que me fez adicionar este livro à minha wishlist foi a seguinte sinopse:

"De regresso à cidadezinha onde nasceu depois da morte dos pais, a escritora Erica Falk encontra uma comunidade à beira da tragédia. A morte da sua amiga de infância, Alex, é só o princípio do que está para vir. Com os pulsos cortados e o corpo mergulhado na água congelada da banheira, tudo leva a crer que Alex se suicidou. Quando começa a escrever uma evocação da carismática Alex, Erica, que não a via desde a infância, vê...more
John

In a small town a woman, Alex, is found dead in her bathtub, her wrists slashed in what proves to be a clumsy imitation of suicide. Writer Erica, who has come home to the town to clear out her parents' house after their tragic death in a car accident, is drawn into the murder investigation because, as the long-estranged but close childhood friend of the dead woman, she's asked by her parents to produce an obituary . . . and decides to turn the tale into a full-scale book instead. Meanwhile, cop...more
Alaina
This was really pretty good for a crime mystery book, but some parts annoyed me. it's a Sweden crime book, so the places and names are a bit foreign, which isn't a problem, and it was similar to those girl who has a tattoo and played with fire, but not as violent and gross, which was a good thing. As far the characters go, they were slightly more developed than other quick crime reads that I've experienced, and that's a good thing, and it was better than average in writing style. It's also a qui...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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