The Ice Princess

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I am not normally a huge fan of crime thrillers.  OK, I don’t like them much at all.  But this one caught my eye, and my attention.  And kept it!
Camilla Lackberg, whose novels have all been # 1 bestsellers in her native Sweden,  is the 7th bestselling novelist in Europe. March 29, 2011 marks the American paperback debut of her crime novel The Ice Princess. The Ice Princess is the first in a three-part series with the follow up, The Preacher, to be published by Pegasus Books on April 27, 2011.

It started with a bit character, a strange errand, and a bang- and it kept right on rolling.  I read this book in 2 sittings.  I couldn’t put it down.  It was smart, interesting, and oddly sentimental (for the characters).  Of course, it was a bit cliche at times,  but it IS a crime thriller!  That’s what they do, right?  LOL

I think it had it all- twisted, gross characters and strange plot that you found yourself wound up in, an on-the-side family drama  in the life of a main character that runs along with the tragedy that other families in the novel experience.  The clearly defined “good guys” and “bad guys”.  And Weight Watchers!  Come on- what good novel doesn’t mention THAT???  LOL.  But it is those little things that really made you feel like you “knew” the characters more.   It was written from the viewpoints of several characters, which I loved.  You got to see the story from all sorts of angles!
I really liked this book.  A great escape for a few hours!  🙂

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.

You can read the first chapter HERE  
Disclosure- I received a copy  of this book for free in order to honestly review it.  These opinions are my own. 


  1. This wasn’t my favorite but I did think that it was okay. Great review and I’m glad to hear that you liked it so much!

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  3. I love it when a book grabs me and won’t let me go until I’ve finished it…but it sure messes up my house work…*sigh*

  4. I love crime & suspense thrillers. This one sounds good!

  5. Great Review! Can’t wait to read it

  6. It should have a guide- how to pronounce everything!

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