Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Ice Princess
The Ice Princess is the American debut crime novel by one of Sweden's best selling authors, Camilla Lackberg. She is on her way to conquer the American market as well if The Ice Princess is any indicator.
I haven't been a huge fan of murder mysteries in the past. You want to make it at least through half the book before you can figure out the who's and why's of the story. Until now, Harlan Coben has been the only author I have read that has kept me guessing till the end. Camilla Lackberg was able to keep my interest because she was able to keep the mystery.
The story starts with a punch. Local girl is found dead in a tub of ice with her wrists slit. Suicide is the most plausible deduction in this quiet town where nothing happens. But forensics prove she was murdered.
The heroine of the story is Erica. She could be your best friend. She has all the insecurities we as women have. She is a successful biographer and aspiring author. She has the responsibilities of being a concerned older sister who has recently buried her own parents. She also happens to be the one to find the victim, who was once her childhood best friend.
The story begins to develop several characters, that I assume will be included in future books. The Ice Princess is the first of a three part series. These characters are the people you would meet on the street. You become knowledgeable of the fact that the bad guy isn't always the one you suspect and relationships aren't always as they appear. My favorite character relationship is budding romance of Erica and Patrik, the detective who is investigating the murder. Their romance is so believable.
Overall, the story is about childhood friendships, loyalty, and coming to terms with the demons of your past. And solving a murder or two along the way. The Ice Princess is an enjoyable murder mystery. I give it 5 stars. I enjoyed the book so much that I am actually going to try to meet the author on her upcoming book tour.
About This Book:
Free Press, March 2011
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
I received a free copy of The Ice Princess from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was given.