Thursday, March 20, 2014

History Corner/ Book Review: The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg

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And now for a mystery that delves into WWII and Swedish history.....

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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.

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 . . .

The crime writer character, Erica, from Ice Princess, is back, and happily married to Patrik in this 5th book of the series. In reading this book, it helps to remember that it is translated, and occasionally you sense a nuance might have been lost in a description, and secondly that because it is set in Sweden, the culture is different. A father taking paternity leave AFTER his wife has already taken hers? Right, not here in the US. Once you get past those little things, this book turns out to be a taught psychological police procedural. You may THINK you know who did the crime, but you might not! She also teaches the reader a lesson in thinking we know about our parents, and what parents shield their children from. Lackberg gives us a twisty turvy ride back in time, to a different era and time, most Americans are not aware of that took place in the Northern isles. If you love a good mystery, you will adore this book!

The book is being made into a movie in Sweden- check out the fast paced trailer!
About the Author:
Camilla Lackberg is a worldwide bestseller renowned for her brilliant contemporary psychological thrillers.  Born in 1974, Camilla Läckberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in in creative writing triggered a drastic change of career. Her first six novels all became Swedish No. 1 bestsellers.Her novels have sold to more than 50 countries with translations into 25 languages. She has sold over 12 million copies to date and was Europe's ninth bestselling author last year. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm.

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