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Buried Angels

(Fjällbacka #8)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  12,148 ratings  ·  804 reviews
Easter, 1974. A family vanishes without a trace from the island of Valö outside of Fjällbacka. The dinner table has been exquisitely set, but everyone except the one year-old daughter Ebba is gone. Are they victims of a crime or have they voluntarily disappeared?

Years later Ebba returns to the island and the old summer camp where her father ruled a boarding school with an
Paperback, 470 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published 2011)
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Marian They allude to it without fully saying. Mother overwhelmed, she locked herself in the bathroom when Tobias places his job concerns ahead of hers and l…moreThey allude to it without fully saying. Mother overwhelmed, she locked herself in the bathroom when Tobias places his job concerns ahead of hers and leaves the child in her hands when he was supposed to take him. The child was crying, and when she heard silence she ran out. By then it was too late. Presumably Tobias was backing out and didn't realize the child was not in Ebba's, the mom's, hands. (less)
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Brigid Cattell It is referring to the fact that found Dagmar's body at the estate as well.

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Camilla dear I have missed you so much...

I just love the way this woman writes.. So imaginative, such complicated plot line.. Whenever I pick up one of her books (with a few exceptions) it's simply impossible for me to put them down..

I love this flashback technique she uses so masterly.. The narration is fast paced and constantly switching back and forth as the mystery unravels.. I am not going to go into any plot details to avoid spoiling anything..

However, there were some parts that were ne
Alan Cotterell
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Once again I really wanted to like this. I ended up speed reading it trying to find bits to grab my attention. Lets hope next one is......
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
When you get past the familiar, tried and tested, formulaic writing style, this is another excellent book.
I do wonder why Camilla doesn't just write historic fiction. I guess cos she likes to reflect and reveal its impact on her contemporary characters. You get two stories in one book and you are quickly absorbed into her writing and all seems quite straight-forward and normal.
As usual, Erica investigates behind police hubby's back, placing herself and others she loves in grave danger; police b
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: candy
Oh, lord. It's a bad sign when a character gets into a life-threatening situation and you find yourself rolling your eyes. Again. I mean, the writing has always been formulaic, the characters can all be intensely annoying, and it's generally been clear who the killer is, but that didn't bother me as much before, because there was something good in the stories being told. Now I feel like I got suckered into reading a checkout-lane thriller in which the characters grow increasingly into stereotype ...more
Lisa Hartmann Jensen
You have got to love these books. Even when you are studying and reading a lot, it is like a holiday when this book is in your hands.
If you love the other Camilla Läckberg books, you will love this one too.
This is the fifth (out of order) book I've read in this series and it's among the worst.

Don't get me wrong, the mystery that happened more than thirty years ago is really well-written and so are all those chapters relating events from the past. But that's only about two-thirds of the book. The rest of the novel is, simply put, soap-opera-tier drama. Out of 500 pages that this book has, it could have easily been edited into a 300-350 page book if you trimmed all the tedious, non-plot-related shen
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think this is one of her better ones. It has several strands, including some serious ones (neo-Nazism and Nazi sympathies from the war being one). A few themes have had an outing before, including the idea of a real person from history not only appearing but having a part in the story (as an ancestor through an illegitimate line), which is a bit cheeky. In this case, it's Goering, whose Swedish connections are embellished for the story, culminating in an explanation for the (genuine) two possibl ...more
I couldn't keep going with this one. The writing was childish, to the point where I wanted to get a red pen out and go to town - that may be an issue with the translation, not the text but still was annoying. The premise was really intriguing but the book was so slow to get to the point. The supposedly action-heavy scenes were tensionless and threatless. The characters were boring or annoying. I couldn't work out whether this was meant to be a serious crime thriller (as it seems to be have been ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another of Ms Lackberg's stories starring Erica and Patrick, altho in this book like others, they are not really the focus. It is about an old crime in the.area thT went unsolved for many years and which rekindles when one of the victims re emerges in the town. The book in my opinion was not as good as some of her others, but entertaining enough for the light end of mystery readers.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
5 huge stars for Buried Angels. Camilla Lackberg's Patrik Hedstrom series was my first and still favorite crime series. It's been awhile since I read one of her books and Buried Angels reminds me so much why I love this series. In 1974, a family vanishes from their home at a boy's school on an island. The only one left is one year old Ebba. The case has never been solved. Many years later Ebba and her husband Tobias return after the loss of their child to refurbish the island home. An arson atte ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

(goodreads really should let us put .5)

In this review, I'll just say the negative points because all the other reviews are full of admiration for this book, and I am not.

Mrs. Läckberg does not explain anything, and that is what had the most negative impact for me. These are the 2 examples that annoyed me the most:

First of all, there was some "threatening letter" sent to one of the main characters that keeps being mentioned, yet THE BOOK NEVER TELLS YOU WHAT IT SAYS EXACTLY. They mention the
Tony Nielsen
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buried Angels by Camilla Lackberg is simply the best thriller I have read in I don't know how long. OK, yes, I am an unadulterated fan of Scandanavian noir but this is a five star plus on every level. The plot leaves you gasping at every unexpected turn, and there's plenty of emotion too as Lackberg's familiar characters in Detective Patrik Hedstrom and his author and very inquisitive wife Erica Falc initially blunder their way through a messy mystery in Sweden's seemingly peaceful Fjallbacka. Y ...more
Babies and murder.... both are in abundance in this small Swedish village. I am a real fan of this series and even have gone as far as ordering the books from Great Britain before they are available in the States. That being said, I am afraid that I miss some of the earlier books where the focus was on the murder mystery, not the hoards of babies that seem to coming out of the woodwork in these later novels. I know that this is real life, but I would just like Erica to be able to write and do he ...more
Halldór Tjörvi
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never disappointing is Camilla Läckberg. The proofreading however was and the translation from time to to time. Maybe they were in too much of a rush to publish.
Can't wait for Camilla's next book.
Camilla Läckberg is a great storyteller. I might have already said that in one of my previous reviews so I will probably become repetitive but I truly feel the need to express it. I'm amazed at her capacity for telling stories with every book I read.
I already know the characters pretty well and it is true that I already know (kind of) what to expect with the storyline of her books because, let's face it, with eight books I have become familiar with Läckberg's writing and the way she structures
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, ebook
I think it’s safe to safe that this series is getting better. I still remember when I read the first book and felt some disappointment. It’s true that I may becoming used to Läckberg’s narrative style, but I believe the books are becoming more balanced.

This one was quite enjoyable. A decades-old mystery, family secrets, far-right politics, a huge knot for Patrick Hedström to disentangle. And, for me, Läckberg does the thing right: when you think you’ve got a certain aspect of the mystery figured
Kara Hansen
3.5 stars. Book #8 in the Patrik Hedstrom series takes the reader through a rather convoluted mystery. With the usual cast of characters: Patrik, Erica, Anna, and the gang at the police station, they all become involved in a unsolved case from 1974. The case has some very convoluted aspects, and the Columbo-style investigative skills of Patrik and his fellow police officers make it a bit confusing at times. While I continue to enjoy the continued storyline of the characters in this series, many ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I think this is my favorite of the series, but I don't want to be too quick to judge, because I still have two more to read.
I loved everything in this one, the plot and the way the stories evolved.
I was disappointed in this book, although I'm not sure what I was expecting. It was Lackberg's usual formula of shuttling between the present and the past. Main character Erica was even more annoying and stupid. If the author had stuck with the mystery and had not tried to create some kind of tension between Patrick and Erica, the story might have been closer to believable and enjoyable -- like the little history lesson she wove into the story; that was nice.

But Erica: Convince a seasoned detec
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this as an audiobook. I felt the narrative was excellent, clear and easy to understand. I felt it aided the delivery of the story.
I have read all of Camilla Lackberg books in English to date. They were all fantastic. Unfortunately, and I never expected to say this, Buried Angels is not. There are many characters and sub plots to get to grips with. To make matters worse the use of Swedish names increase the difficulty for the reader to distinguish between characters. This makes the story di
Michael Robotham
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a book for those readers who love puzzles. It is very much in the Agatha Christie mould with multiple suspects and POVs, which means that you have to concentrate to remember who everybody is and how they're related to the story. I didn't quite believe those elements of the plot that relied upon a previous police investigation being so incompetent that it didn't pick up on the simplest of clues. Beware coincidences.
I'm getting tired of Erica's schtick of meddling with her husband's cases and even hiding important information from him, putting herself and others at risk just because she's too damn nosy. Not everything revolves around you, woman! Get your act together!
David Highton
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I found the initial lack of connection between the array of characters made the first third of the book feel too long, and the lack of communication between the lead characters was not credible and quite annoying. However, overall a decent mystery and worth 3 stars.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This took a while to get into - mainly my own fault for not reading the series in order, so I struggled to get the characters straight in my head. It was also slightly distracting have the second story line interrupting at the end of each chapter so in all, it was several chapters and several sessions of reading before I felt I was really 'in' to the story.

The case itself was suitably intriguing - a young couple move back to the Island where the wife was the only survivor of the mysterious disap
Amanda Deur
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Behold, Camilla Läckberg, the holy mother of plot twists.

I gave four stars to the previous book I read by Camilla, this one should've gotten six stars.
Dear Lord, just when you think you figured it out and you are the next Angela Lansbury, Camilla puts you back in your place. Just like that. Like a boss. Like a badass.

First and foremost, I love all the characters in this series. They are all unique individuals with their own backgrounds but they all have something that speaks to you. Patrick's c
Sharon Metcalf
Buried Angels was not book I would necessarily have selected but it was chosen as the botm for my in person book club so I began reading without knowing the first thing about it or the author.    Sometimes this really works for me but not so much this time.      It wasn't until I was part way through the book that I discovered this was book 8 of a series.     Had I realised this in advance I may well have skipped it as I always like to read the books in sequence starting with book 1.     Not to ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tobias and Ebba return to a house she inherited, a house her whole family disappeared from in the 70s. The police get involved when someone sets the house on fire. What unfolds from there is the gripping tale of what happened to the family told alternately from the present day and the history of Ebba's foremothers (is that a word?). There are also various subplots which keep the narrative going, some of which have their roots in previous books but are explained for new readers. I really enjoy th ...more
I didn't like this book as much as the others in this series. Erica was annoying; I don't believe that people would like her enough to find her quirky, rather than troublesome and increasingly dangerous. There were numerous story threads to keep the book interesting, but since all of them were a bit over-the-top, it led to more of an unbelievable or perhaps cliche'.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2017
Excellent. Read in one sitting.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from my niece. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It is my first book read by this author. It took me longer than normal to read. I hope to read more book by this author.
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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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