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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Ice Princess By Camilla Lackberg

The droplets of water had turned to ice crystals in her hair. Her lower body was frozen, forever in the bathtub of ice. Her wrists were slashed and her body had turned the bluish color of frozen death. Erica Falck, returns to her hometown of Fjallbacka, Sweden after her parents death only to be thrust into the chaotic drama of the alleged suicide of her childhood best friend Alex. Dark secrets lie beneath the little snow covered town of Fjallbacka and some people will go to great lengths, maybe even as far as murder, to protect their reputation and make sure those secrets stay that way, secret.

Camilla Lackberg is the 7th bestselling novelist in Europe and today March 29, 2011 is 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.

I give the Ice Princess three out of five stars. Sure the action started in chapter one and reeled me in like an unsuspecting fish but the extremely long chapters made me lose interest right away. I kept hoping the end would make for all the irrelevant situations in the book. And I am sad to say it did not. The ending was no where near strong enough for my liking. I also didn't like how police officer, Patrick Hedstrom, couldn't find any rock solid evidence and could almost only go by what his gut told him.

Many times while I was reading, it felt as if Camilla Lackberg was trying to hard to impress me the reader. However, I do not put the entire blame on her. I know much of the original quality got lost in translation and I am sure this book would've been way better if read in its original language, Swedish. To bad I can't read or speak one word of Swedish. So yeah, I wouldn't force any of my friends to read it. The Ice Princess certainly wasn't the worst crime novel I've ever read but definitely not the best either! Like always this is just my opinion, the book could turn out completely different for you if you decide to read it.

I received a copy of this book from Free Press an imprint of Simon & Schuster Inc.

Read Chapter One Here.

Jessie D


  1. It seemed interesting, but I can understand how it might get lost in tranlation. Thanks for sharing your review :-)

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  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I appreciate it and I will definitely become a follower to yours as well! :)

    Jessie D

  3. I found this book to just be okay as well. I had a hard time connecting to the characters which was part of my problem. Thanks for the honest review!

  4. You're welcome and thank you for sharing your opinion with me! :)

  5. What a well-phrased, thoughtful review. Thanks for sharing your take on it. I'll give this one a pass.

    I found you on Book Blogs (Lone Star Bloggers Group) and am now your newest follower. You might be interested in my review of Father of Lies that was just recently posted.