[FreePress Blog Tour and Review] The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

Posted 29 March, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

About the Book:
In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of FjÄllbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body—suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik HedstrÖm, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik’s curiosity gives way to obsession—and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it’s not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone out there who will do anything—even commit murder—to protect it.
Fans of Scandinavian greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour Camilla LÄckberg’s penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest.
About the Author:
Camilla Lackberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. Her novels have all been # 1 bestsellers in Sweden and she is the most profitable native author in Swedish history. Camilla’s books have been published in thirty-five countries. She lives in Stockholm.
My Review:
While I usually love suspense novels, this one was a little off for me. The author shows some signs of talent, and it may be because this is a foreign novel translated to English, I don’t know, but I just didn’t like the way this book was. Her characters, while complex enough, failed to blend well with the plot line, in my opinion. The Scandinavian mystery thriller, well, it just didn’t capture me the way I was hoping it would. I was hoping for some fast paced mystery, yet it was, to me, slow going and a bit boring, as it dragged on.
I feel awful when I have to give a review like this, but honesty is the best policy and every author deserves a chance, even it isn’t a book that the reader likes. I gave this author a chance and didn’t like the book, and sadly, I have to give this book 2 stars. But, that being said, I do still encourage everyone to try this book. Sometimes a book might not set well with one reader, yet be another readers favorite book.
You can purchase your copy here.
*This book was provided for review by Simon and Schuster’s FressPress*

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