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Los gritos del pasado

(Fjällbacka #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  36,036 ratings  ·  1,875 reviews
La escritora Erika Falk y su compañero, el detective Patrik Hedström, disfrutan de unas merecidas vacaciones en su casa en la pequeña población costera de Fjällbacka que, en verano, es visitada por muchos turistas. Erika está embarazada de ocho meses y la ola de calor hace especialmente difícil este último mes de gestación. En esta situación, lo menos falta le hace a la jo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 423 pages
Published April 2009 by Maeva Ediciones (first published June 2004)
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Monicamxdf I’m sorry to tell you this but The Ice child is NOT the first book in the series, it is the ninth! The first one is The Ice Princess and it’s where Pa…moreI’m sorry to tell you this but The Ice child is NOT the first book in the series, it is the ninth! The first one is The Ice Princess and it’s where Patrick and Ericka meet.(less)
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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
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
Retired Reader
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. :) ...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!!
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
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?? ...more
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
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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, d
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
I'm beginning to think that maybe Swedish mysteries aren't for me, at least not audiobooks. There are always lots and lots of characters, all with achingly similar sounding names or names that to me are incomprehensible or are being mispronounced. We have the couple, Patrik and Erica, carried over from #1 in the series, which I did not read. Seemingly simple names, yet the British narrator for some reason is saying Portrik and Eurika, and maybe that's how they say the names in Sweden, but I doub ...more
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
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
Sharon Huether
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
This was an exceptionally written crime and murder mystery. The grandfather pretended to be a pastor-healer. He encouraged his grandson to be the same. Said he had a gift. Skelential remains were found from twenty years earlier and in the present day two more young women were murdered. Who was the guilty one? This was a fast paced book. The story went in many directions. I'll be reading more of Camilla Lackbergs books. ...more
After years of anticipation (on my part, at least) Camilla Lackberg's first novel, The Ice Princess was finally published in the U.S. a month ago. (It's been in English translation in the UK and Canada since 2008.) I'm happy to say that the book really delivers--it reminded me a lot of Karin Fossum's Don't Look Back with its portrayal of a claustrophobic small town rife with secret scandals and tensions. In The Ice Princess, Lackberg did a great job of imbuing each character--even minor ones--wi ...more
Linda Snow
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars again! Honestly thinking it’s my favorite so far in the Patrik Hedstrom series! It’s number two, but I’ve already read numbers one and three + The Golden Cage which isn’t part of the series. The Preacher is expertly multilayered with relationships among and between Sweden’s economic and social classes, as well as some interesting tidbits that had me looking up facts in Wikipedia. I love the italicized POV narratives as situational clues that Lackberg creates, and this time they were curi ...more
Ray LaManna
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dar, rather slow-moving crime novel (this is Sweden of course!). Somewhat engrossing.
Lucy Qhuay

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one, but it was still a pretty solid book.

The writing was still engaging and the characters interesting, but the plot was lacking.

I don't think the situation with The Preacher and the Hult cult was taken to it's true potential. We barely knew the Hults, except that there was some serious bad blood right there and that every single one of them had something to hide.

I would like to know more about what drove them to do the things they did.

Also, Anna's
Linda  Branham Greenwell
The novel takes place in Sweden. Police Investigator Patrik Englund is enjoying a vacation with his very pregnant wife, Erica, when he learns that a six-year-old boy has discovered the dead body of a young girl while out playing. Beneath the young girls body are the skeletons of two more women who disappeared in 1979. Autopsies prove that all three had been slowly tortured over the course of many days before dying.
The story is told through flashbacks to 1979 (when the first 2 women were murdere
Amanda Deur
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I flew through it so fast! Another incredibly well written plot, psychotic characters and murder all over the place.

During an unusually hot July, detective Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck are enjoying a rare week at home together, nervous and excited about the imminent birth of their first baby. Across town, however, a six-year-old boy makes a gruesome discovery that will ravage their little tourist community and catapult Patrik into the center of a terrifying murder case
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A swing and a miss.

This book was quite different from the first book, Ice Princess, even switching who was the primary narrator (in-book). I found it predictable, to have too much angst and not enough consequences. I was not impressed with the ending, nor did I like it, but it would have been a worse book had the case ended differently.

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June Ahern
"The Preacher" is Swedish author Camilla Lackberg's second police mystery mystery. I did not read the first one, and think after this book, probably will not. As I said in the past about my reviews of book and critique of authors' works is often based upon my reading preference at the time of reading it. The story is set in Fjallbacka, a Swedish coastal town and begins with a young female’s body found murdered. On further investigation her body is placed on top of the remains of two young girls ...more
Urgh. These books have so much potential. I am persisting, as I am sure the author must wake up at some stage and realise that potential. Until then, I just feel a bit frustrated.

I picked the twists hundreds of pages before they were revealed. The first major one particularly as there was so much clunky and heavy handed foreshadowing. I was like "I bet it's that" and 120pp later, they worked it out. I should be a Swedish policeman apparently. Crime rate would be right down. As long as everyone w
Come l'autrice sia definita la nuova Agatha Christie mi è sempre meno chiaro, il giallo in questione ruota attorno a un'unica famiglia e il lettore può, senza difficoltà, ridurre la rosa dei colpevoli e anche trovare l'assassino.
Le indagini questa volta le segue completamente Patrik, Erika, incinta, si limita a vagare in casa afflitta da visite di amici e parenti e dal caldo (ma proprio caldissimo) - qualcosa evidentemente mi sfugge della Svezia, e io che mi lamento dell'afa in Lombardia.

Rachelle Renee Kirby
Whew this second installment of the Patrik Hedstrom series had even more characters than the first. Brother's sister's cousin who? While I like the series' dark story line and I love the two main characters, I could not keep track of all characters, especially in the Holt(spelled right?) family. The scandalous activities of said family didn't help the confusion.

Patrik and Erika were cute in this story, expecting their first child ( and feeling the strain of that) all the while playing host for
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
This book was OK, but that is all it was. The development of the mystery was not thrilling at all, as it was a bit boring and dragged out. way too much information about characters that don't matter and don't have any role in the solving of the murder. After a while I started to skip all the bits about Erica because they were so irrelevant. Too much vital clues about the murder are revealed too late in the book. I wish they were spread out more evenly, as the first part of the book felt a little ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When a young boy finds a female corpse and runs home to tell his parents about his discovery, the police also discover the skeletons of two women murdered more than twenty years earlier. Suspicion falls on members of a family with religious fanatics. DNA testing through blood samples plays a role in the investigation. Whether it was the translation or the narrative itself, this book just failed to grab me. I struggled to finish it.
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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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