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The Ice Princess (Fjällbacka #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,928 Ratings  ·  2,354 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 Erica herself who finds Alex’s ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Free Press (first published 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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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
May 18, 2011 Pattie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Feb 21, 2013 Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic

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
The Writer
Jan 21, 2009 The Writer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2013 Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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. The
Dec 04, 2013 Cristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
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
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
Mar 15, 2009 Dorian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
محمد مختار
رواية بوليسية من الدرجة الأولى
حبكة أكثر من رائعة، والكثير من القصص الفرعية الرومانسية والإجتماعية التي أغنت النص كثيرا

الرواية بتحكي عن كاتبة بتسافر إلى مسقط رأسها بعد موت والديها في حادث سير
بتستقر لفترة إلى أن تسوي أمور الجنازة والدفن، في ظل هذه الأثناء بتكون هي أول من يرى جثة صديقتها من أيام الطفولة مقتولة في منزلها
وبتبدأ التحقيقات اللي بتأكد إن في جريمة حدثت وبيتم وضع المشتبه بهم، في ظل التحقيقات بتحدث قصة حب بينها وبين الشرطي المسئول عن القضية، كان أحد زملائها أيام الطفولة ومعجب بيها من زمان

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
Sep 05, 2014 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2012 Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
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.
Feb 06, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2015
Light and shade...

Erica Falck has returned to her home town of Fjällbacka to sort out the belongings of her parents who have recently died. But she is soon in the middle of the investigation into the death of her childhood friend, Alex, found frozen in her bathtub with her wrists slit. At first it looks like suicide, but it soon becomes clear that she was murdered. Alex and Erica had been very close as children but had grown apart as children do, and then Alex and her parents had left the town.
Jan 24, 2016 Vaso rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

If you expect to read a breathtaking mystery book, you will be disappointed. It’s pace isn’t slow but isn’t extremely fast either. It has the right potions of mystery, a couple of twists and a nice building of all characters.
May 30, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2012 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2011 Tommy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Franco  Santos
Feb 11, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buena novela negra. Empieza rápido, sigue rápido y ameno, y ya llegando al final es imposible soltar el libro.
-No tendrás pensado quitarme la ropa también, ¿no?
-No, desde luego que no, yo no lo haría, quiero decir, no había pensado... -balbució sonrojado.
-Tranquilo, estaba de broma. Tú dedícame a matarme.
El final fue bastante impactante para mí. Muchas cosas no las vi venir.

Un muy buen libro de misterio, el cual que esté en ese ambiente nórdico aumenta su hechizo oscuro y desesperanzador
Για 150 σελίδες η κεντρική πρωταγωνίστρια τριγυρίζει άσκοπα στους λασπώδεις χιονισμένους δρόμους της φιελμπάκα με αδιάφορους κατοίκους.
Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι άλλο ένα παράδειγμα υπερεκτιμημένου προϊόντος εξαιτιας της υπερβολικής προβολής του από το μαρκετιγκ.
Για τις υπόλοιπες σελίδες δεν γνωρίζω δεν άντεξα.
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
Κάθε αναγνώστης σίγουρα έχει μια λίστα με βιβλία που δε κατάφερε να ολοκληρώσει.Πίσω απ' αυτή την αδυναμία μπορεί να κρύβονται διάφοροι λόγοι.Η σωστή χρονική στιγμή,η κατάλληλη ψυχολογία ακόμη και οι προσωπικές προτιμήσεις.
Πρόσφατα προστέθηκε στη λίστα αυτό το αστυνομικό βιβλίο.Ο λόγος που δεν κατάφερα να το τελειώσω δεν είναι κανένας από τους προαναφερθέντες,γιατί απλούστατα είναι ένα κακό βιβλίο.
Δεδομένης της διαφήμισης και των κριτικών που έχω δει ήταν πολύ κατώτερο των προσδοκιών μου.Πειράζε
Sarah ~
Dec 07, 2014 Sarah ~ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2014, ebook
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
Sep 29, 2010 Ted rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-suecia
Um romance policial muito interessante. Uma história muito bem contada, segredos revelados no tempo certo e personagens bem delineadas.
Lucy *Mrs Khalid*

Stieg Larsson was the one who first got me into Scandinavian Literature and now I don't seem to get enough of it.

This was a very promising start of a series. The writing style was very engaging, the characters multi-layered and mysterious and the plot alternated between keeping me guessing and giving me enough answers for me to be okay.

There were some loose ends, particularly when it comes to the relationships between the characters, but I'm sure it was done on purpose since this is a series.

Mar 27, 2014 Petra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 -_-

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
Jun 01, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2016 Mafs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an enjoyable read. For a crime fiction is not full of action but is not uninteresting, even with some basic flaws in the plot. It's worth especially for the development of the characters: get to know them is to like them and to like them makes us want to continue to have them in our life, so I'm glad there are more books.
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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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