The immediate mystery is that the body of a young missing woman is found in a gorge in a scenic tourist area dumped off a cliff. Beneath that body are two skeletons of young women missing from twenty-four years ago. The plot proceeds with a lot of focus on the personal lives of the detectives as well as on the family members suspected in the recent disappearances just as they were suspected twenty years ago. (It helped me at first to make a genealogy chart to keep track of all the family connections.) The lead detective has a lot going on at home with his wife pregnant with their first child.
This is the second book in this series by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg.
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. While the plot was interesting (I did read all the way through to the end), it wasn't enough to overcome how annoyed I was by the rest of the book. Lackberg also used a few dirty tricks to prolong the suspense.
This is really more like 3.5 stars, I marked it down from 4 stars because of the lack of Erica. I also didn't like how Anna was relegated to a few pages, it seemed like the author just didn't know what to do with her after her big drama in book one.
Cun Công Chúa Bng mình c thy cun hút thit luôn, tình hung dn ti cuc iu tra, các ngóc ngách trong i sng cá nhân và i tp th vùng Fjällbacka ca Thy in c miêu t rt lôi cun, s tht phi bày thì va lnh gáy va au lòng, cái kt hp lý, nên là khi thy Nhã Nam xut bn tp tip theo trong series này, mình phi lt t mua ngay v c. Có th do khi c tiu thuyt trinh thám vùng bán o Scandinavia, các nc Bc Âu (Scandinavian crime fiction) thì mình hy vng bi cnh s có cái gì ó lnh lo, rùng rn, kiu ging Công Chúa Bng, mùa ông tháng giá ó, mà câu chuyn trong K Ty Não li din ra vào mùa hè, nên mt i mt phn nét lôi cun vn có ca tiu thuyt trinh thám Bc Âu Nhng mà thit s là mình không thích my cái nhp iu k chuyn chm chm, t t ó ca tác gi cun này. Nhng trong mi trng hp, công cuc iu tra phi luôn là i tng chính ca mt cun tiu thuyt trinh thám, ch không phi my câu chuyn i t lt vt này Hi mình c tiu thuyt trinh thám ca mt tác gi Scandinavian khác là Samuel Bjork, mình thy bác này cng a các chi tit v i t, tính cách, suy ngh, cm nhn ca nhân vt iu tra viên vào tác phm, nhng nó hoàn toàn không gây loãng mch truyn chút nào; ngc li, nó mang thêm thu cm và u ám cho câu chuyn vn ã khá ghê rn.
A well told story, I am looking forward to the third book.
Especially because his girlfriend, Erica, is pregnant with their baby. There were some bits with Erica, of course, and they could be annoying. But despite this "doormaty" aspect of Erica's personality, she wasn't as annoying as in The Ice Princess. I also liked more the fact that there was religious fanatism envolved, because it seemed to increase the darkness already left by the fact that some girls had been murdered. The fact that envolved a feuding family, with secrets and a heavy connection to a religious group, made everything even more interesting. And I would be very keen to give The Preacher 4 stars straightway, without much thought, if it weren't for the things that annoyed me most while reading. We don't want to know that Patrik never imagined it, nor do we want to wait until that phone conversation comes up some pages further into the story. Unless Camilla Lackberg wanted us to know that Erica, for all her willfulness, is incapable of saying 'no' when the situation demands it?
In 2019 Camilla received a diamond book for Häxan, since it has sold in over 300 000 copies in Sweden!