By Camilla Läckberg

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems like she’s taken her own life.

Meanwhile, local detective Patrik Hedström is following his own suspicions about the case. It’s only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past…

First published by Warne, Sweden, 2003.
331 pages.

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Another top-class Scandinavian crime writer reaches the British market
The Times

Has a brooding quality redolent of its barren Swedish landscapes… intriguing and not a little disturbing
Irish Times

Domesticity and brutality are Lackberg staples… Tightly plotted… Unflinching.
Sunday Times

Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror


Women making their debuts continue to sparkle on the Swedish crime scene. The latest example is Camilla Läckberg, who surprises with an amazingly mature, carefully imagined and exciting criminal novel. (…) On the whole, Läckberg stands out as the best first-time offender of the year so far.

Johan Wopenka, mystery magazine Jury

Skilful plot by Läckberg – A debut novel that doesn’t just deserve a passing grade, but rather an A+.
Hans-Eric Åhman, Skaraborgs Läns Tidning

The plot is simply superb, in an almost Agatha Christie-style. The cast of characters emerge with clarity and feel quite genuine. — Secrets come out in the 331-page book that bring about more things than murder. I read it in one go. A book that you can’t put down.
Birgitta Alenius, Sala Allehanda

Läckberg skillfully details how horrific secrets are never completely buried and how silence can kill the soul. A parallel between the town’s downward spiral and the fate of one of Fjällbacka’s wealthiest families adds texture.
Publishers Weekly

The most successful Scandinavian crime writers have been dark and hard-boiled, but Camilla Läckberg is poised to take over the top spot with her thoughtful detective novels. This complex thriller will keep you guessing, and you will be looking forward to the next book as soon as you turn the page.
Otto Penzler, Editor The Best American Noir of the Century