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La bruja

(Fjällbacka #10)

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La desaparición de Linnea, una niña de cuatro años, de una granja en las afueras de Fjällbacka, despierta trágicos recuerdos.
A través de tres líneas temporales, —el presente, un caso sin resolver de hace treinta años, y el relato del siglo XVII —, y cuatro tramas conectadas entre ellas, Camilla ha conseguido componer su novela más ambiciosa hasta la fecha y que si
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Hardcover, 680 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Maeva (first published 2017)
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LCA I started reading this book without realizing it was part of a series. Not only does this book work well as a stand alone, but occasional mention of…moreI started reading this book without realizing it was part of a series. Not only does this book work well as a stand alone, but occasional mention of past events has inspired me to read the others in the series- and since I found a handful of the others but not the first in the series as yet, I will be reading the others out of order but as chronologically as possible. (less)
LCA It's available now under the English title "The Girl In The Woods", translation by Tiina Nunnally
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dual review with Swedish first and then English!

SWEDISH REVIEW

Häxan är den senaste boken i Fjällbacka serien. Tro det eller ej, men jag hade faktiskt aldrig läst någon bok i serien innan jag läste denna. Men jag tyckte att handlingen verkade så spännande och bestämde mig för att testa serien genom att läsa denna bok. Nu är böcker med barnamord något av det jobbigaste som finns att läsa och det var definitivt jobbigt att sitta med vetskapen att Linnea var död medan skallgångskedjan pågick, man
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Roman Clodia
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A complicated story that shows off Lackberg's successful mix of soap opera and crime: the murder of a child in the past, a similar crime in the present, out of control teenagers, and the almost obligatory insertion of a group of Syrian refugees struggling to be accepted in Sweden. Alongside all this, regular characters argue, start dating, get married and juggle personal lives with young children.

The pacing isn't quite right as everything unwinds slowly with attention to detail, only to suddenly
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Ana
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kind of snuck up on me and took me by surprise. I’ve read and watched so many murder mystery’s and it’s hard to find one that’s not predictable. I really did love this one.First what can be seen is parting the book in three different stories, and if two of them seem to have something in common from the beginning, the third one is seemingly not connected at all. And it’s like that to the very end.The main story is full of various plots, that happen to be more and more connected with ...more
Cheryl
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book went into a lot of extra detail that I personally didn't care for. I usually quite enjoy Camilla's work, looking forward to her next novel, but this one just seemed to drag on.
Amanda
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been excited about this book since the moment I finished reading the 9th book, a couple of days after it was released in 2014. That day I promised myself not to read this book as quickly because having to wait years to find out the answer of the cliffhanger is ridiculous. But here I am, once again I finished the book less than 24h after I started reading it on its release date. I am impressed by how Läckberg still has me hooked like this 10 books into the series.


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Elaine Tomasso
I would like to thank Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for an advance copy of The Girl in the Woods, the tenth novel set in Fjällbacka, Sweden to feature detective Patrik Hedstrom and his true crime writer wife, Erika Falck.

When four year old Nea Berg goes missing from her home alarm bells ring because she is missing from the same farm where four year old Stella Strand was murdered 32 years previously. Two teenagers were convicted of Stella's murder, based on their retracted
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Mariska Rabie
I bought the book because it had high praises on the cover; I have never read other works by Ms. Lackberg. Soon after starting the book, it felt that there are just too many characters and side stories introduced - almost too many to keep up with. Each time the story returned to a character, I thought, "Who are they again?" I don't have problems with concentration - in the author's defence, I didn't read the book in one sitting (I read this during my daily commute and sometimes not even every ...more
Gianluca Buccarella
Crime stories dumbed down for the new generations.
Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle and Georges Simenon please forgive Camilla Lackberg.

The policemen are as dumb as they come. They search houses and miss evidence, they have second thoughts or trails to follow but dismiss them because they have better things to do (i.e. attending weddings or getting drunk), they keep repeating the same mistakes without flinching and, as this wasn't enough, the whole premise of the book is based on the worst police
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Marcus Hobson
There is a very clear formula followed by Camilla Lackberg in her Swedish thrillers. Erica Falck is a writer of true crime stories and her husband Patrik is a local police officer. Somehow, whenever Erica starts to write a new book about a crime in the past, some link turns up in the present in the little resort town of Fjallbacka on the beautiful west coast of Sweden.
The Girl in the Woods has an added twist, a back story set in the 1670s in which a local woman is accused of being a witch. The
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Essi Johanna
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first Läckberg. Not impressed. Way too long, too many plots some of which seem totally irrelevant and glued on, like the one about asylum seekers. Worst of all is thoug that the police and the way they work dont seem credible at all. ...more
Filipa
I had read that this was the best book of the series yet and I must say I very much disagree. In fact, I was almost tempted to give this one a 3-star rating. I gave it 4 stars because I do really love Camilla's writing and character development.

This is the last published book of the Fjällbacka series and the lengthiest one as well. This book had all the things that make a mystery book enjoyable - it has rhythm, suspense and the perpetrator is not immediately obvious. One of the things I enjoy
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Biondatina
Another excellent book from Mrs Läckberg.
A complicated story between a famous Hollywood star, a group of Syrian refugees, an arson, a missing child, the old case of a child murder and... a witch trial 350years ago...
I love this book as i loved every one of the Fjällbacka series. I think it's well written, with three timeframes and a lot of different but interesting characters. It's a bit darker that the previous books but the plot is strong and with twists as the key players change many times.
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Sarah
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since "The Ice Princess", the first novel in the Fjallbacka series, I have been thrilled to follow Erika and Patrik as their characters and lives develop amid terrible cruelty and murder. Camilla Läckberg is a wonderful storyteller.

I love to read crime fiction, but few authors understand that I also need a happy, friendly or family context to be able to digest such incomprehensible human behaviour as murder and violence. And if I am to read about atrocities, then the pleasant parallel story
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Cleopatra  Pullen
Camilla Läckberg has provided this reader with another meaty read in this the tenth in the Patrik Hedström and Erica Falck. This story is lengthy and involved. Readers won’t be able to stop themselves remembering some real-life crimes, especially those involving child-killers with the most obvious inspiration being drawn from Anne Perry and her friend Pauline Rieper, not a comfortable subject at all.

The main story is that set in the present day of the disappearance of four-year old Nea Berg from
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Inez
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Camilla is a great writer, I have enjoyed all her books. However l, I felt this one had a few too many elements to it. The 17th century stuff, I felt stopped the flow, and didn’t really add anything to the story. I coped with it by jumping to those sections & getting rid of them, so that I could enjoy the flow of the book. The usual characters in the book didn’t disappoint. I look forward to the next book.
Ilonita50
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-book, scandinavian
Thanks a million to Harper Collins for an e-arc, this review is my honest thoughts.

I am happy having read the recent #10 book in the series, it's been a while since I read ninth book and loved to return to new story set in Fjallbacka/ Patric Hedstrom detective series and his smart wife Erika, who really solves and gives best tips ever :)

I gave the book 4.5 stars, so very close to have full rating, still there were few items I felt against the smooth plot. The cover is impressive! So much fits
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Tatiana Valada
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: José Martins
I don't usually read books with +600 pages, i feel demotivated just by looking at them =P But because I enjoyed so much Camilla's writting I made another thing I don't do often, that is jumping from the 1st book to the last of a series.
There's a loooot going on in this book:
A little girl dies in the woods, reminding everyone of a similar crime that happened in the same spot 30 years before. People start wondering if the culprits are the same (the past must be digged) or if the refugies (that are
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Kristi Lamont
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this marks one of the very few times I've ever cried at the end of a murder mystery, especially one that I had pretty much figured out (all the interweaving threads/different time periods) early on. But dang if Our Ms Lackberg didn't do a masterful job with some pretty timely, heavy and tragic stuff. Warning: There were some graphic parts that, to me, bordered on violence porn, but they were blessedly brief and did seem essential to the varying plot lines.

As always, I loved the
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Eva
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zwei 13jährige mit einer Lüge, die die eine befreit und die andere gefangen nimmt.
Zwei Kinder, Opfer ihrer Hilflosigkeit und Wut.
Der Fluch einer 1672 hingerichteten Hexe, der auch über 300 Jahre später noch
wirksam zu sein scheint...

Die Eishexe ist ein sehr komplexer Kriminalroman.
Mord, Mobbing und Rassismus prägen die Handlung.
Amüsant fand ich die Liebe der Schweden zum Kaffee.
Ich habe vorher noch nie ein Buch gelesen, indem die Ermittler
bei ihren Befragungen so viel Kaffee trinken durften...

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Anke
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome book! Ok, this author has a very distinctive style of writing and at least one of the previous books was rather boring with all this switching of storylines, but this one was a wonderful addition to the series. As always we have several storylines woven together - here it's today, 30years ago and a third one from 1671/2. Contrary to some other books here the pacing was great and the switch from one to the other worked out perfectly.

Regarding the story: I liked the way we
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Lynn
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, translation
The Girl in the Woods begins with a missing 4 year old girl. She is missing from the same farm where another four year old was found murdered many years ago.

Camilla Lackberg takes on many topics in this book: bullying, racism, a stigma around homosexuality. As well, there are three timelines occurring at different parts of the book. The 17th century one was extraneous and just added to a 581 page count. So did I like the book? Yes, with reservations. This is the 10th book in a series in which
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Elaine
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the tenth instalment in the Patrik Hedström series and in my opinion just as good as the first one. Ms. Läckberg really does know how to keep it interesting, her books are always a pleasure to read and this one was no exception. The twists between 17th century, current time and 30 years ago left me breathless and made it hard for me to put the book down. I gave the book a 4 star rating solely because for the first 100 pages or so, I was left confused as to who each character was as there ...more
Marili
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first acquaintance with Läckberg and I will definitely look into reading more of her books.
I think it's one of the best crime stories I have ever read. Läckberg decided to touch some very serious and sensitive problems of today's society such as bullying and refugees. Aha has also managed to create a great mystery around the crimes, without the need for unnecessary bloodshed, which I appreciated.
There are three stories in this book, the story of Elin, which takes place in the 17th
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Cheyenne Tattersall
It was an okay book (enough that I powered through the whole ~550 pages), but there was definitely too much going on. There were too many storylines to keep track of - (view spoiler) As for the characters, while it is part of a series which could explain my confusion/lack of understanding, but there seemed to be too many officers with complex back stories that left ...more
Linda
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Patrick Hedstrom investigates the disappearance of a four year old girl from their farm. Thirty years earlier another young girl had disappeared from the same farm. A well crafted mystery set in present day Sweden with tensions between locals and newly arrived refugees complicates the solving of the crime.
Milena Siermińska
Still a very good book, but not as good as previous ones. I don't feel the whole topic of immigrants from Syria and their comparison to women from 17th century who were accused and sentenced to death for using magic. Also the idea of immigrants who took part in sailing competition is rather off the book. I understand why the writer put this idea in the book, but I don't like it. I think that it could be good, but the author maybe showed the idea in the wrong way.
Marianneboss
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have liked an even more elaborated revenge against the three awful kids, they needed to suffer real pain, full Carrie mode. But anyway, I think I'm gonna be checking out more books from Camila Lackberg after this one.
Nicole
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded down. The beginning was slow for me, the middle was amazingly suspenseful and gripping, the ending was a bit lazy and didn’t wrap up all the loose ends like I had hoped. I would recommend it and consider it a worthwhile read for the page-turning mystery bits though.
Janice
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patrik-hedstrom
Tenth in this series. I'm quite invested in the main characters. This one was a doosey! 17th century mayhem, murderous teens, refugees - you name it. Not a read for a weak stomach.
Karen Whitehead
I finished this book for the sole reason that I could be justified in saying how truly awful it is. Maybe it was better in the original Swedish. The characters are flat at best, caricatures at worst. The plot is contrived and thinly stretched. The historical flashbacks are painful in their implausibility. The book finishes up in a big over-the-top bang. This is one in a series. Avoid them at all cost.
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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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