03 June 2014

The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg

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Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why.

Her inquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. 

Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? 

The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be...

When I first started reading Camilla Läckberg’s The Hidden Child, I had no idea of the series of novels containing Patrik, Erica and the town of Fjällbacka. However, despite my lack of previous experience with Läckberg novels, The Hidden Child easily drew me into its twisting and turning storyline. From Läckberg’s narrative, I could easily glean sufficient material to feel comfortable and satisfied with each character – even without knowing all the details from prior stories. At no point did I feel I approached this novel with a disadvantage. Both the past-to-present mystery and the character interactions held me intrigued, and the methodical pace kept me turning page after page just to find the next revealed piece of the daunting puzzle. The Hidden Child is worth a read – I recommend this novel to lovers of thrillers and intrigue, and I certainly plan to read more from Camilla Läckberg in the foreseeable future. 

Thanks to Pegasus Books and a contest on Bookreporter.com, I received a copy of this novel and the chance to share my impressions.

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