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The Golden Cage

(Fayes hämnd #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  18,382 ratings  ·  2,402 reviews
An exhilarating new novel from a global superstar--a sexy, over-the-top psychological thriller that tells the story of the scorned wife of a billionaire and her delicious plot to get her revenge and bring him to his knees.

Faye has loved Jack since they were students at business school. Jack, the perpetual golden boy, grew up wealthy, unlike Faye, who has worked hard to bur
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published March 21st 2019)
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Olivia Morris Not really, there are some really steamy sexy parts and I found them uncomfortable for myself. I would not recommend this for teens under 18 or 19. Yo…moreNot really, there are some really steamy sexy parts and I found them uncomfortable for myself. I would not recommend this for teens under 18 or 19. Younger than that, and they don't have the life experiences to deal with what is happening in this novel. That is just my opinion!
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whaaaatttt theee heccckk! This is frenzy! This is so much wilder crazy train ride! Lies, schemes, betrayal, abuse, dirty little secrets, scumbag characters, manipulation, revenge: yes this is definition of her at throbbing, fast pacing, unforeseeable, whirlwind, stunning, earth shattering, soul crushing cocktail. And you never get satisfied with only one sip.

You’re clenching your fists, you’re chanting as soon as the revelations slap you against your face and shake you to the core. You’re dazzl
David Putnam
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, did I enjoy this book. This is the first one by this author and I loved it, (LOVED IT). I will definitely be picking up more. This book is a slow burn with many, many micro conflicts keeping pressure on the text pulling me along while the main plot line developed. At the same time the author continually layered in motivation after motivation. This book does not shy away from sex or vulgar language, but it is not gratuitous, so it works very well. Amazing character building.
I highly recommen
Elyse  Walters
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading Camilla Lackberg. I’ve already purchased two of her other books to read.
Lackberg may just be my new favorite - psychological - suspense thrilling author *discovery*.

Faye Adelheim is an interesting protagonist- two dimensional- an “The Golden Cage”.
Faye shares a few things in common with Lisbeth Salander from Steig
Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) ....
Both women were outsiders. Both had evil fathers.
Both women wer
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very readable book. Not at all boring. But what an impossible heroine! Idiot, ungrateful, immoral,cruel, creepy, she made me despise her, more than I despised her moron , reprobate, perverted husband! And after finishing the book, I was under the impression that everyone in Sweden is a billionaire before his thirties, and if one is a little bit late it is possible to start making billions by walking dogs in the park. And -it is not a spoiler since it happens early in the story- the one and only ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m so glad I’m not in a gilded cage of marriage to a mega wealthy man if it means eating half a lettuce leaf a day, Botox until your face is frozen and subservience. Meet Faye, who is married to Jack Adelheim co-founder of Compare a multi million kroner company. They have one child, a daughter Julienne. Their marriage is a bit faded, jaded and she’s degraded but persuaded by love to glue a smile on even while he devalues her. However, Faye has a dark past which is suppressed when she is playing ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I was expecting a feminist revenge story but that's not really what this is and the reason for that is because in a tale like this you have to be able to empathize or at the very least sympathize with the abused but I couldn't because she is just so awful.

Faye is a very intelligent young woman that meets Jack and they hit it off. He is trying to start up a company and does so with a lot of help from Faye. You know the kind of help I mean: all of her ideas and money. Faye gives up her school and
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
My goodness Camilla Lackberg - where have you been all my life! This was my first book by this author and most certainly will not be my last. The Gilded Cage is an addictive, twisty and shocking psychological thriller and I could not get enough of it!

I do not want to spoil this book one bit for anybody - it is best to go in relatively blind. It is a story of love and betrayal, of friendship and revenge - and revenge is sweet! The main character Faye Adelheim is so deceivingly written. She is a
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
“Revenge. For all our sisters who have been broken down by idiots, all the unfaithful husbands who have cast us off for a younger model. All the men, all the guys who have exploited us, patronized us, and deceived us.”

The Golden Cage was a satisfyingly dark noir overflowing with sex, lies, and betrayals. Told exclusively from Faye's point of view, both in the past, which describes her horrific childhood in Fjällbacka; and the present, which showcases how she deals with her cheating,
“And for the first time in many years she felt ready to fight.”
― Camilla Läckberg, The Gilded Cage

My oh my. What a tangled web we weave.

The Golden Cage is a revenge story and it is sort of addicting. It got me involved by page two. It did get better as it went on.

Faye and Jack are married. They have a kid. Faye is still madly in love with hubs after all these tears,

Jack..not so much.

Faye feels she has no identity without Jack. She turns herself inside out trying to be the woman he wants.

She hel
Crime by the Book
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-books
I won't be writing a full review of this book, as it's one of the books I'm handling publicity for at work, but I will just say that I absolutely LOVED seeing this new side of an author I've loved for years and years. This book is sexy, sensational, deliciously dark fun - a perfect beach read to keep an eye out for this summer!! ...more
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Audio 3.5 Stars
Story dnf @ 90%

My only excuse for not giving up sooner....

Gloria Arthur
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-bookshelf
⭐️5 Stars⭐️The Gilded Cage is an addictive, twisty and very sexy psychological thriller that takes the reader on an engaging ride.

I loved this author’s writing style, why had I never heard of Camilla Läckberg before?

Faye Adelheim leads the type of life that others envy, she lives in a luxury apartment, no expense spared in the most exclusive area of Stockholm. She has everything she’s ever wanted including a gorgeous millionaire husband and an adorable daughter.

Faye thinks everything is sweet in
Lori Lamothe
I've been a fan of Camilla Lackberg ever since I read The Ice Princess years ago. While I haven't read all ten books in her Fjallbacka series, I have managed to get through quite a few, most recently The Drowning. Like The Ice Princess, The Drowning features writer Erica Falck and detective Patrik Hedstrom; it's an engaging, well plotted mystery set in a small town in Sweden. Lackberg's 11th novel, The Golden Cage, is an entirely different type of psychological thriller, one that features a prot ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining revenge story.
Faye has loved Jack since they were students at business school, she even left school to support Jack in growing his company. Now she’s a stay at home mum while Jack continues to win in the business world. When Jack decides he’s had enough, Faye is left with nothing. But hell hath no fury like a woman with a violent past bent on vengeance...✨
This book is certainly entertaining and it was so fun seeing Faye rebuild her life but for me it wasn’t ove
“The Golden Cage” by Swedish author Camilla Lackberg, is an amusing story of female revenge. For all you women who have been burned by a male lover (not only divorced women), this is a satisfying story. I doubt this novel was written with men readers in mind.

The story opens with Faye’s (the protagonist) discovery from the police that her ex-husband has most likely killed her daughter, Julienne. Lackberg choses two-time frames to tell her story. In current time, Lackberg tells Faye’s story in fir
Tanja Berg
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I ordered this book in the Norwegian edition, since it was released before the Swedish one - that's how enthusiastic I was about reading another book from the queen of trashy crime. I was disappointed from the get go, because the story seemed so predictable. It kept that up right to the end, where I could for-see every intended twist.

The story is that of Faye, who drops out of university to support her boyfriend and then husband Jack in setting up a company. The idea is hers. Jack then makes a h
Roman Clodia
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF - too ridiculously bad to read!

'She had taken some painkillers, then drained a litre of her own blood': wait, what? How is it even possible for a perfectly ordinary person with no medical equipment to do that? This just epitomizes my eye-rolling throughout this book which veers between melodrama and the absurd. It's a shame as I love Lackberg's Erika and Patrik Hedstrom series with its mix of cosy domesticity, humour and the macabre but this is nothing like them. Flat writing, a seen-it-a-mi
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I loved this! The Gilded Cage of the title refers to the situation that many trophy wives find themselves in. Groomed to perfection, pampered and entitled, these wives of wealthy men are caught in a trap of their own making, striving to remain young and yummy while their balding husbands shop around for younger models. Faye Adelheim had a very traumatic childhood. She also did some things she would rather forget so she is determined to put all that behind her and make something of herself. She w ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Swedish feminist revenge noir, you say? SIGN ME UP! In fact, after reading this I’d like to double down and say, sign me up for all of Camilla Lackberg’s other books! Even if I have to learn Swedish to read them.

This book is a straight up, boobs-to-the wall revenge fantasy of the highest order. (I had to say “boobs to the wall” because the women are the ones who go buckwild and hold the evil men’s feet to the fire in this book so “balls to the wall” isn’t really appropriate.) Ladies (and some
Frank Phillips
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deliciously wicked fun!! This is definitely one of the more entertaining and thrilling tales of revenge I've read, definitely one of my favorites of 2020 as well!! Ive never read this author before, although I have seen her books around and unfortunately they are some sort of police or journalist procedural series that did not intrigue me, however this appears to be her only standalone and it grabbed at me immediately, I'm just sad I waited this long to read it after purchasing it! I believe my ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-goal, mysteries
Thanks to the Goodreads friend who posted such a great review that I managed to get a copy of this book on Overdrive before the masses signed up for it.

What started out as rather one-note story (I really didn’t like our main character at first but that changed as I learned more) was surprisingly layered by the end. I love to be surprised and this book delivered !!

This book reiterated a few truths:
1. Who you are today is often colored by who you were as a kid.

2. Revenge, when done right, really
Veronica ⭐️
Reading the Gilded cage for me was much like coming across a train wreck. There was carnage everywhere and you don’t want to look but you just can’t stop reading.

The main character, Faye, had no redeeming qualities and even though the author revealed her troubled upbringing and her over-bearing husband, it did nothing to endear me to her. She did too many horrendous things to ever be likeable.

The trope is a well used one; a tale of subservience, misogyny,
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hell hath no fury like a woman with a violent past and is bent on revenge.

Faye married Jack Adelheim, an arrogant, self-entitled co-founder of Compare, a multi-million dollar kroner company. They also have a seven year old daughter, Julienne. Their marriage is strained, but Faye holds on by love even while Jack demeans her and makes her feel worthless. Faye has a very dark past which is hidden while she is playing the part of a wonderful wife. When she discovers upsetting things about her husban
3.5 stars

Have you ever picked up a book solely because the cover intrigued you? Raise your hand if you're as guilty as me right now. Once I read the synopsis about The Golden Cage , it solidified my desire to pick this book up. Its rare to find a thriller novel that can also be steamy and I'm ready to try different types of writing styles. I really am glad that I picked up this Camilla Lackberg's latest book.

The Golden Cage is a sexy, domestic thriller that will delight novice mystery/thr
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

‘Was she happy with her life? Was there anything she felt passionate about? Faye couldn’t be bothered to play any more games. They were both trapped in gilded cages. Like a couple of peacocks.’

The Gilded Cage is a 2020 Harper Collins publication, translated from Swedish by Neil Smith, by global crime sensation Camilla Lackberg. In her eleventh novel, which is a standalone, Lackberg opens her novel with a hooking and perplexing opening crime scene. The result
Alice Lippart
Interesting and compelling story.
3.5 stars

I'm trying to pare down my TBR pile & finally got to this. All I can say is this is NOT a woman you want to cross. When it comes to getting revenge, she's the Energizer Bunny 😨
Janelle Janson
THE GOLDEN CAGE is a wild ride of secrets, love, betrayal, and revenge. And that’s not even the half of it. I’ve been really into Nordic thrillers and crime fiction for the past few years (thanks @crimebythebook) so I didn’t hesitate to move this book to the top of my list. WOW, am I glad I did!

Faye Adelheim is 34 years old, married, and living it up in Stockholm, Sweden. She has the seemingly perfect life with her husband and daughter, but things aren’t always what they seem. She met Jack in bu
- 2.5 stars - My first book by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg and I find The Golden Cage to be a quick and readable psycho-thriller. To me there's nothing wrong with the writing or translation, but the story itself is eyeroll inducing.

Faye, the protagonist is a very accommodating wife. Since the husband loves nothing more than rough sex and school girl rape porn... what does she give him? uh huh. After she caught the douchebag billionaire husband cheating with his young and skinny associate re
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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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