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The Preacher

(Fjällbacka #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  26,771 ratings  ·  1,495 reviews
Hot on the heels of her phenomenal American debut, The Ice Princess, Camilla Läckberg brings readers back to the quiet, isolated fishing village in Sweden where dangerous secrets lie just beneath the community’s tranquil surface.

During an unusually hot July, detective Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck are enjoying a rare week at home together, nervous and excited about the i
Kindle Edition, 516 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Free Press (first published 2004)
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Jim Fonseca
A great detective story from the Queen of Nordic noir, translated from Swedish. The author has also been called Sweden’s Agatha Christie. The book is free-standing but it’s #2 in her 10-volume series featuring detective Patrick Hedstrom.

The focus is on a crazy feuding family, descendants of a now-deceased charismatic preacher who passed his “healing ability” on to his two sons. The members of the family range from a wealthy accountant living on a big estate to “trailer trash” – a morbidly obese
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Άμα εξαιρέσω το άσχετο και κακό εξώφυλλο -ναι, πείτε με επιφανειακό άτομο αλλά δίνω σημασία στα εξώφυλλα- το οποίο δείχνει ένα παιδάκι, φτυστό η Βjork σύμφωνα με έναν φίλο μου, (μα που κολλάει αυτό το παιδάκι;) το περιεχόμενο το βρήκα πολύ πολύ καλό. Ωραίοι ήρωες, υπέροχη ατμόσφαιρα με αρκετό μυστήριο και κάποιες ευχάριστες πινελιές με χιούμορ, απο τους κεντρικούς ήρωες. Σαφώς καλύτερο απο την Παγωμένη Πριγκίπισσα και κατώτερο απο την Μάγισσα (θα μου πείτε που πήγα τώρα εφόσον την Μάγισσα την έγ ...more
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg. She seems to be one of those love her or hate her authors as her ratings veer between one and five stars at random! Nevertheless I enjoyed this offering as much as the first book The Ice Princess. Our main characters, Patrik and Erica, are back and this time it is Patrik's turn to take centre stage as Erica sits at home heavily pregnant during a heat wave. I felt for her! The story was excellent although I got a little lo ...more
Jenni Wiltz
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The bottom line: the novel's premise is interesting, but I did not enjoy the book because of the sloppy writing (a translation problem?), the unsympathetic characters, and the shame-on-you dirty writers' tricks Lackberg uses to keep readers from seeing or knowing what the characters see and know.

I wrote a much longer version of this review for my blog, but the gist remains the same. While the plot was interesting (I did read all the way through to the end), it wasn't enough to overcome how annoy
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so want to be able to give half star ratings. I would give The Preacher a 4.5, for I enjoyed it very much. I reserve 5 stars for my most favorite, fabulous, couldn't put it down books. This one was close but not quite five. :)
This is a follow up to the Ice Princess. This is really more like 3.5 stars, I marked it down from 4 stars because of the lack of Erica. This character that took center stage in the last book was relegated to the pregnant girlfriend role and I hated it. Her big story was having to deal with uninvited guests! Ridiculous! She seemed like part of the scenery. I also didn't like how Anna was relegated to a few pages, it seemed like the author just didn't know what to do with her after her big drama ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read from this author and gave me the best impressions!!!
I will definately read more books of Mrs Lackberg!!
Nhi Nguyễn
Mình đã kết tác giả Camilla Lackberg từ khi đọc tiểu thuyết trinh thám “Công Chúa Băng” của bà (là tập đầu tiên trong series xoay quanh cặp đôi nhà điều tra Erica Falck và Patrik Hedstrom). Cuốn “Công Chúa Băng” mình đọc thấy cuốn hút thiệt luôn, tình huống dẫn tới cuộc điều tra, các ngóc ngách trong đời sống cá nhân và đời tập thể ở vùng Fjällbacka của Thụy Điển được miêu tả rất lôi cuốn, sự thật phơi bày thì vừa lạnh gáy vừa đau lòng, cái kết hợp lý, nên là khi thấy Nhã Nam xuất bản tập tiếp t ...more
Kylie H
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, drama, great-read
This is the second book in this series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first.
The story centres on Patrik more this time as Ericka is in the last stages of her pregnancy.
The mystery revolves around a dead body which causes police to revisit the disappearance of two girls some twenty years earlier. As the investigation proceeds it appears that a particular family are about to have a lot of skeletons emerge that they would rather keep hidden.
A well told story, I am looking forward to the third
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
The Preacher starts with a six-year-old boy finds the body of a woman. Underneath it there are two skeletons, presumingly belonging to two young women who disappeared twenty years before. Evil has returned to Fjällbacka (maybe it has never left) and Detective Patrik Hedström leads the investigation to find out who the perpetrator is. Everything seems to point out to the Hults, family of religious fanatics and criminals, with an ongoing feud. Then, another girl goes missing, and Patrik finds it i ...more
John Gaynard
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid Scandinavian crime novel,which weaves together scenes of domesticity and scenes of horror, in a social democratic context that manages to have its fair share of religious fanatics. I would have rated it higher, but I felt that the use of the "omniscient" narrator sometimes got in the way of the story. I prefer to have everything necessary to the final understanding of the plot emerge from the story, rather than have the omniscient narrator come up with a lot of extra, missing mat ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desta vez a Camilla Läckberg não logrou surpreender-me... totalmente...
Ia à metade do livro e já tinha desvendado os autores dos crimes...
Só que não!😂
Foi uma leitura agradável, não tão viciante quanto " A princesa de gelo" mas, ainda assim, muito boa.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς που διαβάζω (το πρώτο δεν ήταν το πρώτο) και η εντύπωση είναι άκρως θετική. Η αφήγηση είναι καταπληκτική, ανεβάζοντας την αγωνία σε κάποιες σελίδες, ενώ σε άλλες κωμικά περιστατικά που συνέβαιναν έκαναν την κατάσταση πιο χαλαρή, περιστατικά που θα μπορούσαν να λείπουν κιόλας σύμφωνα με διάφορες κριτικές, αλλά εμένα δεν με χάλασαν (το αντίθετο μάλιστα!)

Δεν βάζω 5 αστεράκια, παρόλο που απόλαυσα την περιπέτεια, μόνο και μόνο γιατί μάντεψα το δολοφόνο και το λόγο που είχ
Nada EL Shabrawi
حبكة هايلة و أسلوب عظيم, و تنظيم و تنسيق و اخراج الكتاب زي الزفت.
الحقيقة مافرقش حاجة عن الكتب المضروبة رغم انه سعره فوق الـ ٢٠٠ جنية.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ δυνατό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, σαφέστατα πολλά επίπεδα πιο πάνω από το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς. Πρόκειται για το δεύτερο μέρος της αστυνομικής σειράς της Lackberg και ανυπομονώ να διαβάσω και τα επόμενα με την ελπίδα ότι θα είναι ακόμα καλύτερα. Αν και οι ήρωες και τα ονόματα ήταν και πάλι πολλά, αυτή τη φορά οι σχέσεις και οι συγγένειες μεταξύ τους ήταν πιο ξεκάθαρες και κατανοητές. Δεν έγινε κάποια φοβερή ανατροπή βέβαια στο τέλος αλλά ήταν καλογραμμένο και ευχάριστο στην ανάγνωση.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo! anche in questo libro la Läckberg è riuscita a confondermi portandomi sulla strada sbagliata, per poi sorprendermi rivelando l'assassino/gli assassini. Mi ha inoltre emozionata e mi ha fatta sentire vicina ai personaggi, come fossero amici o conoscenti.
Ho già comprato "Lo scalpellino" (il capitolo successivo) e non vedo l'ra di leggerlo.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Erica and Patrik are expecting their first child when a body is found on top of two skeletons that could be the bones after two women that disappeared twenty years ago. Could it be that the same killer is starting again?

I love cold cases and this book was just as the first book thrilling to listening to. Besides the present story do we also get flashbacks back to when the first two women were taken. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, like who is behind the new killing? Is it
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Goed boek! De personages zijn goed uitgewerkt en het blijft tot het laatste moment spannend. Als je deel 1 goed vond, moet je dit deel ook zeker lezen.
I read The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg for Thillerathon by Booktuber Harriet Rosie. This is the second Läckberg book I’ve read and I plan on reading many more.

Coming off the heels of reading a very dark thriller, this book was a welcome relief. Läckberg’s writing choices make writing about murder interesting without the heavy gloominess of many popular darker psychological thrillers.

One of my favorite things about Läckberg’s writing style is the character development of the main characters, de
Nadia Giannakopoulou
I keep wondering HOW on earth the writer thought of that story!! What was on her mind at the first place! Good work Camilla Lackberg! So promising for her next novels that I m sure gonna follow.

Definitely better than Lackberg's first book The Ice Princess - stronger plot with many scenes of agony (ex. the grave moment: couldnt wait, had to turn the pages forward to see what was found!☺ ) Liked the fact that we were updated on Patrick and Erica's lives as well as on other people's stories that w
Nour Allam
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, pdf
كتابي الخامس عشر لعام 2018.

في الجزء الثاني من سلسلة الروايات البوليسية (فيالباكا) للكاتبة كاميلا لاكبيرغ يتسلم الشرطي باتريك هيدشتروم قضية مقتل فتاة بطريقة وحشية مع وجود عظام تعود لجثتين وجدتا بجانبها في فجوة الملك، ليبدأ التحقيق على مستوى واسع دون التوصل إلى أي شيء... وفجأة، يتم الاخبار عن اختفاء فتاة أخرى ومن هنا تبدأ الحقيقة بالظهور شيئاً فشيئاً.
القصة جميلة والحبكة قوية ولكنني أحببت الجزء الأول أكثر من هذا... كرهت الحشو ف 200 أو 250 صفحة كانت كافية كما أعتقد، كما أن احتشاد الكثير من الشخصيات
Esraa Adel
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ليس هناك ما هو افضل لدي من كتابة تعليقي/مراجعتي عن كتاب/رواية ما الا بمجرد الانتهاء منه واقصد بهذا بمجرد غلق غلاف النهاية حتى وان كان مختصرا بعض الشئ فحينها سيعد هو اصدق ما قيل وهذا هو ما اتبعته هاهنا ، فكانت رواية الأيدي الموهوبة ليست فحسب مجرد رواية عن جريمة قتل ولا حتى عدة جرائم متكررة ، بل انها رواية مخيفة حقا .

وبالطبع فان الانغماس في حياة ابطال رواية وحفظ اسمائهم عن ظهر قلب ليست هي مرتي الاولى ففي اليوم التالي لقراءتي وحين شاهدت اعلانات مرض السرطان المتكررة قلت لنفسي نعم مثل فلان ، لاذكر بع
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a crazy good creepy dark Swedish crime series.. "The Preacher" is the second in the series and for me, it was even better in some ways than the first (which I loved - "The Ice Princess"). In this novel, the focus is mostly on Patrik, the police detective, rather than his partner, Erica, the writer. Much more focus on Erica in her first novel.

Most of the action takes place with Patrik's leading an investigation into crimes of tortured and murdered young girls - two cold cases from 20+ yea
Chrissa Vasileiou
To δεύτερο βιβλίο της Camilla Lackberg με τις περιπέτειες του Πάτρικ και της Ερίκα με γοήτευσε όσο και το πρώτο,η "Παγωμένη Πριγκίπισσα"..Ατμοσφαιρικό,άψογα δομημένο,δε σε αφήνει να το αφήσεις από τα χέρια σου. Οι εξελίξεις τρέχουν και σε κρατούν σε εγρήγορση,οι σελίδες φεύγουν χωρίς να το καταλάβεις και απλά περιμένεις να δεις τι σκέφτηκε το δαιμόνιο μυαλό της συγγραφέως για τη λύση του δράματος.Κι εκεί που νομίζεις πως έχεις βρει την άκρη,ανακαλύπτεις πως καμιά φαντασία δε φτάνει την πένα της ...more
AMAZING! It had me guessing till the very last chapter.... I love Lackberg!! I love the plot the twists and turns in the story... I love Erica and Patric... Best psychological thriller I've read so far..Mystery lovers, what are you waiting for??
This is my 3rd book in the Patrick Hedstorm series, and the worst among rhose.
A very insipid tale told of young women found dead or missing in the 70s as well as in 2004... and connection sought for these different timelines of crimes. The side story of Erica, Patrick's pregnant partner and her sister Anne who is forever attracting the wrong kind of man, too wasn't thAt convincing.
Would continue with the series as I have invested in the private lives of the investigators and their respective fa
Roderick Hart
So we continue with our two main characters, Ericka Falck and Patrik Hedström. Now, however, Ericka is pregnant and physically unable to contribute much to the investigation. In fact, she is almost entirely sidelined. So what does she do in this book, apart from being heavily pregnant and uncomfortable in the heat? She reluctantly looks after two sets of visitors who invite themselves to the summer house. The first lot are relatives (with dreadful children) to whom she has never been close, and ...more
Emir Ibañez
Las novelas negras nórdicas son mi debilidad porque estos escritores tienen la capacidad única de escribir crímenes retorcidos con desenlaces impactantes y con personajes psicológicamente inestables. Así es señores, cuando más retorcida es la trama más me llama la atención.
Las novelas de Camila en cambio tienen su toque creepy pero muy escondido, hasta la resolución no terminás de darte cuenta lo sutil que era. Su narrativa es muy, muy llevadera, con un ritmo constante, dinámico y cotidiano. No

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Esta segunda entrega no me ha atrapado tanto como la novela debut de Lackberg. No sé... tenemos los mismos personajes, y vamos conociendo poco a poco más su personalidad -tanto de Patrick como Erika, los otros policías y la familia de ambos, pero lo que no terminó de convencerme fue el caso criminal en sí.

Tenía muy buena pinta -el descubrimiento del cuerpo de una mujer asesinada recientemente y, bajo ella, los cadáveres de otras dos mujeres que fueron
Phan Ba
Một thằng bé lúc chơi đùa tình cờ nhìn thấy xác chết của một người phụ nữ trẻ tuổi. Khi mang xác chết đi, cảnh sát lại phát hiện ở ngay dưới đó có hai bộ xương khô – cũng của hai người phụ nữ. Tất cả ba xác chết đều có những thương tích như nhau Người ta đã hành hạ ba người phụ nữ này một cách có hệ thống qua một thời gian dài trước khi họ bị giết chết. Cảnh sát của thị trấn Fjällbacka vào cuộc. Patrik Hedström và đồng nghiệp nhanh chóng xác định được danh tính của người phụ nữ trẻ tuổi vừa bị g ...more
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Before she became one of Sweden’s most popular crime writers, Camilla Läckberg (b. 1974) worked as a marketing director and product manager for several years. Her first two crime novels, Isprinsessan (The Ice Princess) and Predikanten (The Preacher), received rave reviews from the Swedish press and quickly found a large readership. But her big breakthrough came when Stenhuggaren (The Stonecutter) ...more

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Fjällbacka (10 books)
  • The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström, #1)
  • Stenhuggaren (Patrik Hedström, #3)
  • Olycksfågeln (Patrik Hedström, #4)
  • The Hidden Child (Patrik Hedström, #5)
  • The Drowning (Patrik Hedström, #6)
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