After finding a Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings, crime writer Erica Falck meets with an old friend of her mother's, who is murdered two days later, and Erica and her husband Detective Patrik Hedstrèom must turn to family wartime diaries forclues. - (Baker & Taylor)
After finding a Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings, crime writer Erica Falck meets with an old friend of her mother's, who is suddenly and violently murdered two days later, and Erica and her husband Detective Patrik Hedstrèom must turn to family wartime diaries for clues. - (Baker & Taylor)
After finding a Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings, crime writer Erica Falck meets with an old friend of her mother's, who is suddenly and violently murdered two days later, and Erica must turn to her mother's wartime diaries for clues. 30,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be . . . - (WW Norton)
The brilliant new psychological thriller from worldwide bestseller Camilla Läckberg—the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe’s past. - (WW Norton)
Long troubled by her late mother's coldness toward her two daughters, writer Erica Falck begins to read her mother, Elsy's, teenage diaries. She also discovers a Nazi war medal with the diaries and asks a retired history teacher to examine it. Within days, the teacher is bludgeoned to death. Then Britta, Elsy's closest friend as a teenager, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, is also murdered. Through the diaries, Erica intuits that the solution to the mystery is rooted in events that took place during WWII. Once again, Läckberg (The Stonecutter, 2012) employs Swedish history and her setting, Fjallbacka, the postcard-pretty village where Falck grew up, to craft an engaging tale that spans three generations of Fjallbackians. The author goes deep into the lives of a very large cast of characters, and some crime lovers might balk at a 520-plus–page novel that is almost half family saga. But taken as a whole, The Hidden Child will keep fans of Swedish crime guessing until the final pages. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
The fifth book in the Det. Patrik Hedström series (The Stranger) finds Patrik starting his paternity leave so his wife, crime writer Erica Falck, can work on her new book. However, when a retired history teacher is murdered near their home, Patrik finds it impossible to stay away from the investigation. Erica is stunned to discover that the victim, Erik Frankel, was a man she had visited months earlier when she found a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Erik was among her mother's close circle of friends during World War II, and Erica had hoped that digging into her mother's past would help explain why she was always so emotionally distant. But after two more members of this circle die, Erica and Patrik realize that her mother's wartime diaries may be the key to solving the murders and giving Erica peace of mind. VERDICT Once again Läckberg has written an exciting, fast-paced mystery. Though the flashbacks to the 1940s can be distracting, this secondary plot is just as intriguing as the main story line. Though dealing with the serious subjects of extremist groups and prisoners of war, the novel has its humorous moments. Recommended for the author's fans as well as lovers of Scandinavian mysteries.—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY
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