Dan Conrad and I discussed this book after reading one of Läckberg's books a couple years ago. Somehow I hadn't gotten around to reading it. Maybe it wasn't in the library. If memory serves me, this one is better than the previous book.
|Fjallbacka, setting of the novel|
However, she really disappointed me in the last half of the book. About three-quarters of the way through the book, one of her narrators, who has been telling us readers nearly everything she sees, hears, and thinks, suddenly opens a letter, reads it, and announces to the readers that she knows who the killer is. But she doesn't tell us readers. Nor does she tell the detective she's been shadowing, even though they've been sharing clues, ideas, and each other for over half the book. Läckberg doesn't even offer a rationale for this breach of faith. It sort of (not completely) spoiled the end of the book for me. I learned while writing this that Ice Princess was Läckberg's first novel. For that fact she gets a break from me for this little betrayal of her readers.
But overall, it was a great story, well told.
Have you read The Ice Princess? What did you think of it? Write. Tell this little bit of the world what you thought.
- Camilla Läckberg talks about The Ice Princess and other things in a YouTube interview
- Regis Schilken's review at Blogcritics
- Steven T. Murray's review at Kirkus
- Karen Meeks' review at EuroCrime
- See the BBC description of the 5-episode Swedish miniseries of the Ice Princess that us Yanks might get to see someday.
- Nordstjernan reports that an English-language version of Ice Princess will be available in early 2013. (Well?)
[ begin crocdile tears ] I know that few of you used the links to Amazon to purchase books, but there won't be any more cute little links. Amazon "fired" all its "Associates" in Minnesota in order to avoid paying sales tax (VAT) on things sold in the state. [ end crocodile tears ]