TYSKUNGEN – THE HIDDEN CHILD
By Camilla Läckberg
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 . . .
ABOUT THE BOOK
First published by Forum, Sweden, 2007.
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Sweden, Månpocket (paperback)
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Canada, HarperCollins Canada
Catalonia, Ara Llibres
Czech Republic, Albatros Media
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France, Actes Sud
Hebrew, Modan Publishing House
Italy, Marsilio Editori
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Best in class.
There are many people here to be concerned about, whose relationships soon become as fascinating as the crime case.
… an unusually good story with sophisticated flashbacks to the dramatic lives of a group of friends during the war.
Camilla Läckberg’s fifth Fjällbacka mystery has a little something for everyone, and the resolution is quite elegant.
Läckberg defends her place on the throne.
You might as well come right out and say it. Camilla Läckberg’s new novel The Hidden Child is her best book so far… thoughtful and well told, credible and strongly fascinating. It is mystery writing at its best.
You are captured right from the very first pages, then you forget time and space and are only there in Fjällbacka.
Läckberg’s speciality is to explain the evil of the present and the mistakes of the past. That’s what happens here and it works perfectly…
In her new novel, Camilla Läckberg combines family life and criminal investigation, present and history, in the effective way that has made her one of Sweden’s best-selling authors. Her storytelling technique holds your interest, she balances serious parts on new and old Nazism with situation comedy involving Chief of Police, Mellberg, and, alongside the murder investigation, descriptions of the relationships and daily concerns of all those involved.
She has done her history homework and she knows her trade, Camilla Läckberg. The 400 pages contain an exciting story. To put it simply, you want to know what happens, and you want to know right now!
Both realism and thought provoking scenes are found here. There are descriptions of childbirth making you imagine that you are right there and discussions of politics, feminism and morals so natural that you hardly notice that it is the author speaking. Läckberg’s people live and develop like proper figures in a novel. It will be interesting to see little Maja grow up in future stories. And those who have not yet discovered Camilla Läckberg have five good books to look forward too.
Camilla Läckberg is a modern storyteller who is well aware that everyone loves a happy ending!
Camilla Läckberg has done her homework and has created a credible picture of life in Fjällbacka in the 1940s, complete with suspense and quiet drama.
When I open a book by Camilla Läckberg I know I’ll have a few hours of excitement and enjoyable everyday reality, and The Hidden Child is no exception.
Johanna Bergström, Värmlands Folkblad
She also has a talent for storytelling, the ability to move a story along. It’s simply hard to stop reading, you really want to know what’s going on.