After the sudden death of her parents, author Erica Falck returns to her childhood home in the small west coast community of Fjällbacka. When Alex Wijkner, one of Erica’s childhood friends, is found murdered, she is drawn into a web of deception, lies and hidden secrets. Something that happened 25 years earlier still casts its ugly shadow over Alex and the people around her. At first reluctantly, but then with ever growing curiosity, Erica decides to find out who is willing to take such drastic measures in order to prevent old truths from coming out. At the same time she has to deal with personal problems, a budding romance and the feeling that, at the age of 35, she doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life…


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


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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