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The Ice Child

(Fjällbacka #9)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  11,435 ratings  ·  1,000 reviews
No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg’s new psychological thriller featuring Detective Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck – irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.

January, Fjällbacka. A semi-naked girl wanders through the woods in freezing cold weather. When she finally reaches the road, a car comes out of nowhere. It doesn’
432 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published 2014)
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Barbara Helen Plumb Now this is unusual for me I started with the first one and read them all sequentially which I suppose is easier when you have an e reader. I long ago…moreNow this is unusual for me I started with the first one and read them all sequentially which I suppose is easier when you have an e reader. I long ago gave up on relying on the town library!
I think they are better read in order as the personal lives of the main characters certainly develop over the series.(less)
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Jean I had the same question! It seemed like she was in a hurry to finish the book and didn't satisfactorily wrap a number of the hanging threads.…moreI had the same question! It seemed like she was in a hurry to finish the book and didn't satisfactorily wrap a number of the hanging threads.(less)

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Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordic, 2016
One of the better ones in the Fjällbacka series, Läckberg still uses the all too familiar format again; gruesome atrocities, interesting characters, some unbelievable plot twists, yet she still manages to capture your attention.
There is some progress in the series too, Erica Falck is less of a whiner.

Food for thought: How long will this series go on, I wonder. How many murders can this town handle? Isn't it too small for so many crimes already? Is there anybody still alive actually, besides the
Alan Cotterell
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
Now the synopsis for this one is what caught my eye and made me want to read the first 8 books. I wish I had broken my habit of trying to read in order, as it would have meant 8 less mediocre books i had read.
To be fair this was one of the better ones! still struggled to give it 2 stars. Maybe it lost something in translation.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-4-stars
An almost naked girl wanders through the woods in the snow. When she reaches the road she gets hit by a car and dies. The girl has no eyes and no hearing, like a living doll. When detective Patrik Hedström hears about this the girl is identified as Victoria, a girl who disappeared four months ago. Then they hear about more girls gone missing in the past and find a connection to an old house something terrible happened.
It amazes me that whenever I read a book of Camilla I never get confused with
Gisela Hafezparast
Definitely one of the better one of the series. As always characterisation is very good, you feel at home by now with the main characters. Not so convinced about the coziness and acceptance of each members failing, even in rural Sweden that sounds a bit too overworked, but I can live with it. The crime this time was truly horrific and I am still not sure that the reason for it has been sufficiently explained. Moreover, whilst I liked the main crime and the historic crime running side by side, I ...more
Crime by the Book
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hello PERFECTION. Läckberg has done it again. Fans of her series will find everything they love about her books in THE ICE CHILD: a twisted crime, fast-paced plot, endearing characters... All the hallmarks of a Läckberg book. PLUS an ending that managed to SHOCK me just 5-ish pgs before the end of the book - right when I thought I'd predicted the ending. (Y'all if you haven't read Läckberg yet - DO IT. The first book in her series is THE ICE PRINCESS.) ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the most disappointing book of the year for me. I have looked forward to this book for so long and I finally found it used. Thank goodness I think I would have been angry to pay full price. This just wasn't my cup of tea. It was too predictable and the ending was like....huh? What? The protagonist and her husband bore me to tears and honestly the addition of children to their relationship gave nothing to the story. Really every two seconds they pawn them off on family, they didn't even n ...more
Susan Leurs
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My god, I always look forward to her new book. Once I started reading I hardly can put it away...that was the case with this book as well. Only untill the very end it was clear how the story really was... I am upset that I now have to wait untill a new book... I am addicted, hope she writes it faster then this one!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars ⭐️
Toni Osborne
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fjallbäcka book # 9

I knew of this author but never had the pleasure to read any of Ms. Läckberg works till my friend gave me “The Ice Child” and I am glad she did now I can add another great author to my very very long list.

Although this may be the 9th book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone the author gives us enough background to fill the gaps and for us to understand where the characters fit into this saga. This is an excellent “Nordic Noir” story that combines a chilling an
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is most definitely not for people who don't want to read about the horrible things in life. Not that I want to per se, but I will. This book is a crime thriller, based on a lead detective in Sweden, his true-crime-book writing wife, and a horrible, unthinkable crime. Many characters are woven in and most of them have something big or small to do with the crime, or at least add to the plot. The narrative is from the viewpoint of many of these characters, not just two or three, and the n ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was very formulaic but a good read. Patrik and Erica are great characters. I foolishly read the first of the series and skipped the middle novels. The killer is fairly obvious in the first few chapters but the author held my attention. I liked the ending and am curious to read the next in the series.

Horse competition, stables, psycho Swedes and winter in Sweden makes a great atmospheric read.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Camilla Läckberg never disappoints. One of the best Fjällbacka novels so far. Total pageturner.
Zoe Hall
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
Well. What can I say? I didn't enjoy this at all. I actually skipped the majority of it. I was only interested in the retrospective narrative and so skipped the rest of the chapters and stuck to the hindsight chapters after about 150 pages. So disappointed. Won't be checking out the other books in the series. I just didn't connect with the writing or characters.

I pride myself on being a bit of a thriller fan, so writing bad reviews about one makes me feel awful. Unfortunately this book just did
Läckberg's recipe for books is getting old. All the threads of personal back stories for the entire police force are getting hard to remember and harder to follow - I've actually read all the books and still struggle, I wouldn't try to read this independently! Erika Falck's behaviour is reckless, unlikely and could seriously harm police investigation. Bertil Mellberg should be reported to higher police authority for the same reasons. And I really just want to strangle Erika's sister at this poin ...more
Carolina Galrão
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Finished this amazing book right now, and WOW!! It's so so good!!! ❤️❤️

At first, I thought I'd give it 4 stars, but forget it! It's absolutely 5 HUGE stars!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is completely different from the other ones from Camilla, but is probably one of the bests!

The plot is, as always, so well written and the characters really are consistent! •

I'm proud to say that some of my theories were right, even tough other weren't, but THE ICE CHILD is really worth a reading! Great for summe
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first english novel that I have read. It has been some difficut because English is not my main lenguage. But... I have been able to enjoy a lot this thriller that in the final part has an sudden change like all the books of Camilla Läckberg. Simply it is amazing! 😉
Shirley Revill
I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I was very impressed. The first story I have ever listened to by this author and it won't be the last. Recommended. ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2020
This is the third Camilla Läckberg book I read this years and, gosh!, is this story twisted!

Despite the sickening characters and story, I devoured it and I actually please that he author is capable of surprising us until the very end.

It seems to me that this series is getting better and better and I’m looking forward to reading the next instalment.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Camilla Lackberg read + it was fairly good. The constant mini cliffhangers were a slight pain though, as well as it jumping from different characters in very short spaces of time. Aside from that, it was a decent thriller
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: patrik-hedstrom
I love this series and it's main characters. I'm hooked on what's going on in their lives. However, this is not one of my favorites in the thriller aspect of the novel. Still can't wait for #10 though! ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Great story
Part of a series, takes place in Sweden
Erika is researching a crime that happened many years ago - and it begins to connect to Patricks current case. It involves a young girl who is missing - and then is seen walking in the snow and ice. Then a car hits her. What a terrible bit of circumstances! But wait it gets worse!
The story is great - but the situations are horrible.
The characters are great - and we continue with Anna and Dan, and Patrick's mother
Mike Sumner
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need time to recover! Review to follow....

I spotted this book in Waterstones. the blurb on the cover sounded good and so I bought it, not realising that I was jumping into a long running series at number 9. A series featuring Detective Patrik Hedström and his wife Erica Falck, from No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime writer Camilla Lackberg. It was of no matter as the book is excellent as a stand alone read. It is a perfect piece of Scandinavian noir, a slow burner, with an horrif
Tony Nielsen
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's now just over a decade into a career change from economist to crime writer which has since propelled Camilla Lackberg's success far beyond her native Sweden. Her readers have become familiar with Fjallbacka, an icy and seaside town in Sweden, which just happens to be Lackberg's own home town.
When a victim of a kidnapping is found critically injured with unspeakable injuries, Victoria Hallberg becomes the focus for detective Patrik Hedstrom and the local Police. The investigation is further
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I was quite surprised to not find this book in English translation yet. I mean the Dutch translation has been out for three quarters of a year and the English one isn't even announced as far as I could tell, even though all the other books in the series were translated.

However, I've always enjoyed the stories a lot, even though they're usually not very suspenseful and contain for a large part not-detective stuff and the eating of the S
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! It's like each book that Camilla writes in this series is even better than the last one. If only she could write one book per month :) Loved it! ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 4.5 stars

Pageturner! I liked it a lot and couldn't stop reading. Although the writing style with ending scenes always with open questions or thoughts and leaving the reader in the dark, well, that got a bit tiring. And honestly, the solution was a bit too unbelievable, too many coincidences for my liking.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading along, getting more and more facts and with that realizing the horrible truth behind all the missing girls. It was interesting to see how the two storyl
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books by Läckberg even though it follows the familiar pattern and it is just as unbelievable as all her other novels. I mean the level of gruesomeness in her works is astounding and the shock value seems to be more important than common sense. However, one cannot put the book down and the ending is a real page turner in itself.
I do not care for Läckberg's prose or inventiveness (or lack thereof) but she creates characters that one simply has to follow till the end.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, aty-2016, mystery
Ok, now I see why half my family members are so obsessed with Camilla Lackberg.

This book is fucked up. Like, really fucked up. I could barely put it down but the ending. Oh boy.

My only complaint was that the conversations between the characters seemed really awkward at times. Maybe that was the translator's fault, I don't know, but it made them seem unrealistic.
Lynsey Hall
Annoyingly I had figured out a lot of the plot twists before they had happened. Still a good book but perhaps a little predictable.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mmm...... Had mixed feelings about this book, as found the end rather good but up until then, a little slow.
Didn't find the characters endearing, and character descriptions were rather shallow.
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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)
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  • The Preacher (Patrik Hedström, #2)
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  • Olycksfågeln (Patrik Hedström, #4)
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