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The Gallows Bird

(Fjällbacka #4)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  15,691 ratings  ·  1,069 reviews
A string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjällbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before.

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2006)
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Shannon Toney I would definitely start with the first one so you get to know how Erika and Patrick (sorry I don't know how they are spelled since I have only…moreI would definitely start with the first one so you get to know how Erika and Patrick (sorry I don't know how they are spelled since I have only listened to the books). Erikas sister, etc.(less)
Shannon Toney I had to create kind of a phonetic list of characters and how they are related on my laptop so when I start a new book it helps. Especially book 2…moreI had to create kind of a phonetic list of characters and how they are related on my laptop so when I start a new book it helps. Especially book 2 with the family relations.(less)

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Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
Book 4 in this interesting and entertaining series.

I enjoy the people who live in the little town of Fjallbacka, especially Patrik and Erica who seem to have achieved a personal balance in their lives, for the moment at least. Anna too seems to be getting her life together and everyone is generally happy and comfortable.

Against this is set the appearance of an apparent serial killer who is taking the lives of seemingly random people in a particularly nasty way. Patrik and his team give this case
May 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Er, this should be titled "The Stranger" in English, instead of the Swedish, but I think it's the fourth book. Anyway, this one wasn't particularly good. I guessed the murderer early on and the reveal seemed dull. Maybe it was because I was reading the British edition, but it didn't seem to pack as much of a punch as the American translations?

Also, what the hell is up with Swedish crime novels that are anti-misogyny but are weirdly misogynistic at the same time? I felt this way about the
Okay, obviously not one of her best thrillers, but I enjoyed it all the same! She definitely has a way with words and I simply adore the way she writes. The first 100 pages were a bit dull. That's when the plot starts to thicken... By the time I had finished reading the 4th flashback chapter I had already figured out who the killer is, which was a bit annoying, because I never guess correctly. It kind of took all the fun away! Anyway it's Lackberg people! I have a soft spot for her!!!!

I have
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read, but there are several flaws that cannot be overlooked The mystery was dragged for too long and some of the side stories vary in quality.

And I hope I'm not the only one who detects the misogyny.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a the fourth book I've read in this series and honestly, I feel like I live in Fjallbacca and Patrik and Erica, Anna, Martin, Dan, Gosta, Annika, etc. are my friends and neighbors. This book wasn't nearly as good as the last one, but it was still great. I promised myself I would take a break from this amazing Swedish series - but it is going to be difficult! I want to start the next one right now...hmmmm...maybe just a couple of chapters and I'll pick something else up. I have so many ...more
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
The Gallows Bird is the fourth of Camilla Läckberg’s series of crime novels, set in and around in the small town of Fjällbacka on the Swedish Coast.

It’s a series that I have grown to love, without understanding quite why, and while thinking that, maybe, I shouldn’t love it as much as I did.

Now though I have sorted things out in my head.

I had sometimes thought that the dialogue was stilted and that the characters were too straightforward. But when I read back the dialogue I couldn’t fault it.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2014
The Stranger is the fourth installment of the Fjällbacka series with detective Patrik Hedstrom, and starts with a car accident in which a woman is killed. At first, the police thinks it's just a drunk driving case, because the woman's blood has high alcohol levels. Thing is, her close relations state that she didn't drink. In the meantime, a reality show starts being shot in Fjällbacka, and one of its contestants is murdered. This murder takes all the police force's attention from the first ...more
Jim Fonseca
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish-authors
A book from one of the best Swedish mystery novelists. If you like a complex plot with multiple murders and a lot of characters, this is one for you. We have four detectives and a doofus department chief, each with their own backstory. One of the murder victims is a lesbian and another is a member of a nationally televised reality show that is being filmed in town. The main character we follow is getting remarried and has a live-in sister-in-law who is psychologically rebounding from having ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed immensely. The series just keeps getting better.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Patrik Hedstrom investigates the death of a woman in a car - even though it looks like an accident - something doesn;t seem right to Patrick
At the same time Fjallbaca, where Patrik is a police officer - is about to receive it's first group of Reality TV stars. A local businessman has arranged this group of unconventional people to live and be televised in his home town, expecting a lot of good PR and finances to make this an excellent monetary adventure.
As the 2 situations collide - we also are
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not great. Tedious and wordy and long-winded, and none too believable. Disappointing. Even the translation irritated me, but perhaps it's the fault of the original. The dialogue was stilted, and often boring, with way too much exposition that sounded unnatural. And I know it's picky, but I figure if both author and editor miss repetitions like this, ".. but Erica saw it all too well. She knew all too well ..." then the book is carelessly written. I think fellow Scandinavian Karin Fossum is head ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to put my finger on what made this crime novel so much fun to read. For one thing, it's a feast of life stories and love stories. There are a great many characters, and their lives are fascinating to follow. There are various couples in various states of bliss, suffering, deception and crisis. And happily, the lead detective, Patrik Hedstrom, is an intelligent, purposeful and essentially happy man in love with his partner, about to marry her, and crazy about their little daughter. ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still giving it four stars, but it just wasn't as good as her first three. It was slow to get going and unrelated side stories (i.e. Mellberg's personal drama) were tedious. About half way through the book picked up and started to have the spark that made me love her first three books. Yes, it's VERY easy to figure out who the killer is, but Läckberg does keep decent suspense as to why and what the connection is. There are a few surprises I didn't see coming. She does a bit of a cliffhanger ...more
❤Marie Gentilcore
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, audiobook, 2019
I really enjoy this series and the main characters Patrik and Erica. The main investigation was good but I found that I enjoyed the side stories a bit more. In fact, at the end one of Erica’s stories ended with a cliffhanger that makes me want to read book 5 very soon.
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always looking for new mystery/crime authors, especially in the category of "Nordic noir". I am working my way through a very good website Scandinavian Crime Fiction
I am very pleased to have found Camilla Lackberg whose crime novels have become international bestsellers and a series on Swedish television. In this book, set in Tanum, a rural part of southwestern Sweden, the town is put on the map by having a Swedish reality TV showed filmed there and
Denise Mullins
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her inimitable style, Camilla Lackberg has once again strung together a series of seemingly unrelated puzzling crimes that culminate in a perfectly interwoven fabric that resolves all questions. While hauntingly sad past reflections related by the suspect intermittently appear at chapter beginnings, the current plot flows between an investigation of a suspected drunk driving death and the gruesome murder of a young reality show star. Neurotic and narcissistic egos abound in these ...more
Good enough as a middle-of-the-series story. Definitely enjoying the series, overall, and anticipate reading the next one.
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Warning: Spoilers coming up and i am too lazy to put spoilers so you have been warned!!!

I debated in giving this book three stars, i wanted to give it four but truth be told, i don't think it was that great. I was a bit disappointed at the beginning seeing as how long it took me to read it! I struggled in finishing because it was definitely slow.

The side stories of Anna and Erika were boring as hell, maybe it because i ain't a wedding person and all that girly talk was so stereotypical and a
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
Disappointing book. The writing is very stilted, quite possibly because of the translation. We rarely spend more than a few pages with a character before we switch to another, and to me that diminished my engagement with the story. The guilty party was obvious about midway through, and there is no real sense of resolution. The author does something I hate : she hides from the reader information that her characters have and share with each other , for example : "Patrick told them the connection ...more
Rating: 4,5 stars

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I jumped right into the fourth book in this series, Patrik Hedstrom, so I felt a bit lost for the first 100 pages, with such a great set of characters being introduced at once. But for that moment on, I was totally griped to this story.
We follow Patrik, Martin, Hanna and the rest of the police department as they
I enjoy Lackberg's Fjällbacka series, formerly called Patrik Hedstrom series. She creates a full picture of the lives, thoughts and feelings of the main characters in addition to the murder mysteries. While not the best mystery series I've read, with each new book I feel like I'm paying a visit to friends to catch up on how their lives have gone since the last time we met. Our visit probably includes copious amounts of coffee and cinnamon buns. :-) As in book #3, this one contains two murders ...more
Shannon Upton
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I'm giving a Camilla Lackberg book all five stars—because once again I was entertained and guessing all the way through to the end.

In The Stranger, she's mastered the art of misdirection while bringing you even closer to her main characters. I love how she can write about violent crime without bringing in gory details—even her detectives are soft-hearted and affected by the death they encounter.

And, contrary to so many novels I've read lately, there is something likable and
I'm starting to wonder if there is a connection between my fondness for 1) mysteries set in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and 2) mysteries set in Scandanavia. Lots of the same types of people in both areas, same weather, same outlook, etc. At any rate, this is my first book by Lackberg, and I found it quite enjoyable, although a little too simple to be riveting. There are a lot of characters interacting with each other in different ways and at different levels, which is something I like in my ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My opinion: In my previous reviews regarding Ms. Lackberg's works, I have referenced the "lightness" and focus on emotions of her books compared to her contemporaries in Nordic Noir. I have stated that I thought that her books were too almost Americanized than the darkness and twistedness that is seen in other Nordic Noir books. I thought she was getting away from this in her book THE STONE CUTTER. However, it was back with a vengeance in this book. As a
Another satisfying read from Lackberg. Two unconnected murders lead Patrik Hedstrom to discover a number of other murders from the past, and in other cities that have the same MO as one of the local murders. Patrik is also getting married! The book balances these police investigations with several story lines following the personal lives of the officers involved.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm looking forward to each new book in this series, as Ms. Läckberg guides us through the joys and struggles of daily life at home and work with this crew of characters. It's been fun, watching the development of each personality, as well as their relationships with each other, and the various changes in family situations - Patrik and Erica as prime examples. As his "gut instinct" leads him to dig deeper into a case that should be open-and-shut, the rapidly approaching nuptials increase his ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know this was part of a series when I picked it up. Maybe that's why I found it hard to get into the story, because it kept switching between characters too often to really feel any affinity for one of them. After about a third of the way through the book I finally got it and from there I was flying through it. At the end, I just needed to have more and am looking forward to the next installment.
Jana Denardo
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I don't usually like Nordic Noir much but this one was a lot of fun once I got used to the fact the chapters were very long and broken into multiple points of view (many many points of view but there isn't any head hopping and it isn't hard to figure out who's pov you're in).
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Not my usual thing, but I really enjoyed it.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 really. Another enjoyable and intriguing read. Great for summer! I am completely hooked and enjoy the characters. Combing used book stores to find the rest in the series.
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