Review: The Ice Princess

The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

Publisher: Free Press

Ratings:

Source: Publisher

From the cover:

Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjallbacka, 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 Hedstrom, 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.

After reading and enjoying The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, I was ready to dip my toes into another Swedish thriller and The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg was exactly what I needed.

Although the blurb comparing Lackberg to Larsson is what initially drew me into this novel, I found the authors’ writing styles to be very different in a good way. Larsson’s book is a lot denser with plenty of details and I know many people were deterred from finishing the book for this very reason. If you fall into that category, then you should definitely give The Ice Princess a try because it’s thrilling and engrossing without being too dense. It was extremely easy to be pulled into the story and once I started it was difficult to not finish it. I typically read right before I go to bed and this was one of those books that kept me up at night because I wanted to know what happened next.

I really enjoyed the way she brought her characters to life. Sometimes you read a mystery novel and the author is so focused on the mystery or the crime, that the characters feel flat. That wasn’t the case with this novel though. The characters felt very real and each one had their own personal problems that they had to deal with along with the issues that arise with Alex’s death.

I didn’t completely love Lackberg’s writing, but I can’t tell if it’s actually her writing or if it’s because of the translation. Some of the dialogue in the book seemed a little too coerced for my taste. Of course, that’s just my opinion and it’s a minor complaint. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to seeing some of her other works being translated to English.

Fans of mystery and thriller novels should find The Ice Princess to be intriguing and engaging.

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Posted on March 30, 2011, in 4 stars, book reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow this book sounds like it deals with an incredibly heavy subject! I’d have to be in a certain mood to read this, although it does sound good.

  2. It’s always hard to tell if your reacting to the writing or the translation when you read a translated work. I would really like to give this book a try.

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