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The Ice Princess

(Fjällbacka #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  49,810 ratings  ·  3,747 reviews
“A top-notch thriller, one of the best of the genre” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) from international crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg tells the story of brutal murders in a small Swedish fishing village, and the shattering, decades-old secrets that precipitated them.

In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death ex
Paperback, 391 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Free Press (first published 2004)
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Lia Pissa He's the one who broke free from what people think in contradiction with the other heroes of the book.
Romuald Byczkiewicz There is no lesson. There is also not much intrigue or suspense either. Lackberg comes up with good ideas for plots but doesn't follow through with…moreThere is no lesson. There is also not much intrigue or suspense either. Lackberg comes up with good ideas for plots but doesn't follow through with sharp prose or suspense built up over the chapters as the reader discovers clues along with the detective. Instead, everything was held back until the end in a very unexciting anti-climactic finish.

Lackberg is not like Mankell. Mankell explores the human condition in Sweden with his detective; the reader discovers things along with the detective and the world is seen through his prism. Lackberg's multi-character first person approach is weak and lacks direction. Other novelists have used that approach much more effectively than she has.(less)

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I had heard only good things about this book, but it seems this year I'm not being lucky with my readings.

In no particular order, the things that bugged me the most were:

1. This is a murder mystery novel, so there are clues the protagonists investigate to resolve it. The only problem is Läckberg tells the reader the clues after everything is resolved. Yes, the reader is excluded from the investigation, i.e. the fun of this kind of books.

2. There are blatant timeline mistakes. For example, check
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published as Isprinsessan in Sweden and in 2004, I read and enjoyed the English translation by Steven T. Murray published in 2010.

Lackberg’s prose is spirited and fresh and her contribution to the Nordic Noir genre of crime fiction is well stated. Telling the story of an unusual murder in the Swedish village of Fjällbacka, with some interesting twists and turns, the author’s greatest achievement here is her crisp characterization and filling the narrative with a cast of colorful players an
May 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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No es una obra maestra del suspenso, pero logró mantener mi interés y la intriga por saber quién era el asesino. Además, mezcla varios otros componentes que rondan el entorno de Erica, la protagonista, como la relación que nace entre ella y uno de los policías encargados del caso y la violencia intrafamiliar que sufre su hermana (que a mi parecer no quedó suficientemente resuelta).

Me gustó el estilo de Camilla Läckberg y la forma en que va presentando los acontecimientos, por ejemplo, el hecho q
Not the best book of the Hedstrom series but it was ok! fast paced as always but I was a bit disappointed by the ending... Not quite what I expected. I think in her effort to avoid a predictable ending, Lackberg chooses an outsider as the killer, which is the reason why I gave this book 3 stars. Lackbergs has an impeccable writing style, so if you are a lover of the genre you should move on with The Preacher and The stonecutter both of which were just shy of 5 stars.
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I think there must be something about the Scandinavian winter that just makes murder mysteries darker and more atmospheric and this one, fist in Camilla Läckberg's Fjällbacka series is no exception.

Erica Falck, a writer has returned to Fjällbacka after the death of her parents to pack up their belongs and decide what to do with their house. An old childhood friend, Alex Wijkner has also recently been spending some weekends in her old house but just after Erica arrive, Alex is found dead in an ic
The Writer
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing Stieg Larsson's fabulous trilogy, it is only natural for me to hunt for more Swedish authors writing criminal-genre novels and Camilla Läckberg happened to be the next one on the list - at least in my town library's list.

It is quite funny how Swedish writers tend to write their books in a batch of three - as a trilogy and Isprinsessen - which literally means "The Ice Princess" in English is the first of the three. Another similarity with Larsson's book that strikes me the most is
This has to be one of the worst mystery novels I've read so far. In fact, I'm not even sure if it's supposed to be 'mystery'. More like 'character discovers x clue, reader is not told what it actually contains, character suddenly reveals it much later on in a really dramatic, Scooby-Doo fashion'. And this happened throughout all the book.

Then there was the narrative. In the beginning, I thought it was a translation issue. Verbal tenses seemed inconsistent, there was some really awkward phrasing
James Thane
Beginning with her 2002 novel, Isprinsessan, Camilla Lackberg has been a popular crime fiction novelist in Sweden. In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the current wave of interest in Scandanavian crime fiction in the U.S., Lackberg's first novel has now been published here as The Ice Princess.

Erica Falck, a writer, returns to her small hometown of Fjallbacka, a Swedish fishing village, to deal with family matters in the wake of her parents' deaths. No sooner does she arrive, though, when her
Constantinos Sikabrok
Θετικά στοιχεία:
- Πολύ ωραία πλοκή και κατάληξη. (Το κυριότερο)
- Αν και σε μερικά σημεία η συγγραφέας ήταν φλύαρη, το θεώρησα εύληπτο και παρουσίαζε τα πράγματα με πολύ ωραίο τρόπο.
- Στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του βιβλίου η συγγραφέας χειρίζεται περίτεχνα τις σκέψεις του αναγνώστη.
- Δεν μπόρεσα να υποψιαστώ τον δολοφόνο.
- Μ' άρεσε που η πρωταγωνίστρια δεν είναι αστυνομικός, αλλά συγγραφέας.
- 100% θα διαβάσω τα υπόλοιπα της σειράς.

Αρνητικά στοιχεία:
- Η μετάφραση χρειάζεται επιμέλεια, καθώς παρατήρησα δ
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always like reading books set in Scandinavia and this one gave me lots of lovely descriptions of snow and beautiful Swedish settings. I enjoyed the romance between Erica and Patrik and felt it only added to the overall story. The mystery was suitably mysterious and I solved it just before the police did except that the solution was so horrible I did not want to believe it. I raced my way through this book and only put it down o ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic

H Camilla Lackberg είναι η νέα πολλά υποσχόμενη Σουηδή συγγραφέας της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας. Η “Παγωμένη Πριγκίπισσα” καταφέρνει με μέσα από την κεντρική ηρωίδα την η Ερίκα Φαλκ, μια νεαρή συγγραφέα να μας χαρίσει ένα ξεχωριστό μυθιστόρημα γεμάτο μυστήριο και αγωνία χωρίς να παραλείπει να εστιάσει στον τρόπο ζωής και στις αξίες της σουηδικής κοινωνίας. Η αγάπη, η μοναξιά, η ενδοοικογενειακή βία, ο αλκοολισμός, η παιδοφιλία παρουσιάζονται άλλοτε διακριτικά και άλλοτε άμεσα γύρω από τον άξονα τ
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, emprestados
Se é a Agatha Christie que vem do frio não sei, até porque Christie não nasceu propriamente num país tropical. O que Camilla Läckberg fez muito bem foi inserir um crime incomum num local pacato que conhece como ninguém (Fjällbacka, na Suécia, é afinal a localidade onde a escritora nasceu), criar uma teia de personagens com passados bem estruturados e segredos recônditos, e convidar o leitor a deslindar tamanha urdidura, o que torna a tarefa de pousá-lo muito difícil. Deixou ainda propositadament ...more
Στάθης Νατσαρίδης
Ένα ακόμα καλογραμμένο αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα από τη Σκανδιναβία.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

H Camilla Lackberg is a new promising Swedish author of crime fiction. The "Frosted Princess" manages through its central heroine Erika Falk, a young writer to give us a unique novel full of mystery and suspense without failing to focus on the lifestyle and values of Swedish society. Love, loneliness, domestic violence, alcoholism, pedophilia presented sometimes subtly and sometimes directly around the axis of the murder of Alex, who is found dead in a bathtub by her childhood friend, Eric. The
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I am giving this a 3.5. Pretty darn good mystery here. The very end may be a bit far fetched but it is fiction after all. The author did keep me guessing throughout the whole book. There is a romance in this mystery (which usually bugs the crap out of me but for some reason this one didn't). One thing that did irk me is that author does mention how some of the characters feel about their physical image quite a bit. Since this is mystery it felt a bit out of place (for me) in this setting. It mad ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Partamos de la base de que el libro no es gran cosa. Pero que si buscas simplemente algo con lo que entretenerte, cumple de sobra su función.

Tiene algunos fallos que me resultarían intolerables en el caso de que me hubiera tomado esta lectura en serio, pero como no lo ha sido, simplemente me resultan anecdóticos:

En primer lugar, la distribución cronológica de los hechos es confusa. Más que confusa, diría que está incluso equivocada, aunque no pondría la mano en el fuego por esta afirmación. Sól
Chas Smash
Los libros de misterios y asesinatos suelen gustarme, y si está ambientado en el frío nórdico ya tiene mucho ganado. En este caso, a parte del asesinato estándar, hay muchas subtramas que abordan temas del maltrato, adicciones, abusos sexuales... y se agradece que no sea todo un monotema.
El desenlace estuvo a la altura, no dejó cabo sueltos y aunque se sabía que el asesino sería una mujer volcaba mis sospechas en otra persona, con lo cual ha sido muy grato equivocarme.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Sinceramente... estava à espera de algo mais frenético.
Recomendações de outros thrillers mais entusiasmantes? Anyone?
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
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Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nói chung cuốn này đối với mình chỉ tầm tầm thôi, ko thật sự đặc sắc. Truyện có thể nói là hơi bị ít plot twist hoặc cũng có thể nói là hơi bị nhiều plot twist chưa đủ nặng đô :| Chưa kể mình thấy nội dung các kiểu lỏng lẻo, nghiệp vụ điều tra không được đầu tư chú trọng (đặc biệt là công tác khám nghiệm hiện trường và bảo vệ hiện trường), phá án dựa nhiều vào tình cờ và may mắn, có quá nhiều nhân vật mà mình tự hỏi sự xuất hiện của họ để làm gì và sao phải miêu tả kỹ tới thế.

Truyện này chắc phù
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

I enjoyed the book, Camilla Lackberg's first, although there were a few issues/unlikely scenarios in the book which were not resolved to my satisfaction and I felt the ending was a bit of an anti-climax.

I am a fan of the TV series Fjallbackamorden and it was interesting to see how Erica's character had started out.

The book deals with the issues of child and spousal abuse, the outcomes of keeping dark secrets and telling lies in the guise of protecting those one loves.

I enjoyed it enough to purch
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Scrittura fruibile e storia con degli incastri piuttosto logici, a lettura ultimata.
Da salami in testa i personaggi, tagliati con l'accetta e un po' banalotti nei cliché che veicolano; si poteva fare di più anche su certi passaggi narrativi, altamente improbabili e inseriti con la sola esigenza di mandare avanti la trama.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dreadful. I'm not quite sure how I read the whole thing--in little bits and pieces over the semester, I think--maybe that prevented me from seeing its full lameness? Dunno. Turns out not all Scandanavian crime fiction is fantastic.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
πρώτο βιβλίο που διαβάζω από Λάκμπεργκ και έμεινα αρκετά ικανοποιημένη. πλούσια ιστορία, με εντάσεις και αγωνία
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018

El daño del silencio no se puede reparar.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, crime
Light and shade...

Erica Falck has returned to her home town of Fjällbacka to sort out the belongings of her parents who have recently died. But she is soon in the middle of the investigation into the death of her childhood friend, Alex, found frozen in her bathtub with her wrists slit. At first it looks like suicide, but it soon becomes clear that she was murdered. Alex and Erica had been very close as children but had grown apart as children do, and then Alex and her parents had left the town.
This was just ok. I believe I received this as a free download from iTunes a number of years ago as part of a 12 days of Christmas promotion and it was a good distraction during a recent long haul flight.

It is a Scandanavian murder mystery, where a young woman is murdered in her bathtub, and her body is discovered by an estranged childhood friend. It starts out well enough but I quickly began to dislike the victim which hampered the story a little for me.

The author also withheld vital clues from
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

"Είσαι ερωτική,ευφυής,υπέροχη στο κρεβάτι,αλλά πάνω απ'όλα,και πιο πάνω κι απ'αυτό,είσαι υπέροχη στην κουζίνα.Τί παραπάνω μπορεί να ζητήσει ένας άντρας...;"

Αποσπάσματα σαν το παραπάνω με έκαναν να στριφογυρίζω τα μάτια μου κάθε 10 σελίδες.Στερεοτυπικές χαζομαρίτσες,κλισέ στην υπόθεση,απόκρυψη στοιχείων,και η πιο-Mary Sue-πεθαίνεις πρωταγωνίστρια Ερίκα συνέβαλαν στη χαμηλή βαθμολογία.Το ίδιο κι ορισμένες ανούσιες περιγραφές,που περισσότερο θύμιζαν chick-lit,παρά αστυνομικό.Δεν έχω κανένα πρόβ
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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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