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The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg
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Mar 06, 2012

Read in August, 2011

This is the third book in Lackberg's series, and the reader catches up with the characters introduced previously.

Erica and Patrik have an infant daughter, and parenthood requires some adjustment: Erica suffers from post-partum depression and Patrik has to juggle a demanding new case and the responsibilities of fatherhood.

A little girl is found dead, and an autopsy reveals murder. To complicate matters, the victim is the daughter of one of Erica's friends. As Patrik investigates, many dark secrets of the residents of Fjallbacka are revealed. Child abuse and exploitation are discovered.

The upbringing of children is a major theme. The roots of the child's murder lie in an earlier generation and can be attributed, at least in part, to the upbringing of children. In the present, Eric and Patrik try to find an appropriate parenting style. Even the incompetent police chief becomes indirectly involved in raising a child, albeit belatedly.

This is another good read. The alternation between past and present adds interest as the reader tries to guess the connection between the story of the daughter of a stone quarry owner beginning in the 1920s and the death of a child in the early years of the 21st century.

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