The Hidden Child

The Hidden Child

Book - 2011
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No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg's chilling psychological thriller featuring Detective Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck - irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover an old Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings. Inspired to dig deep into her past, she visits a retired history teacher for answers. Two days later, he's dead.

Detective Patrik Hedstr#65533;m is on paternity leave. But his wife's enquiries appear to have set off a chain of murders and he's finding it hard to keep out of the investigation.

A terrible secret from the darkest days of World War II is coming to light - and their families' histories are right at the heart of it.

Publisher: London : Harper, 2011
ISBN: 9780007419494
9780007419500
9780007419470
0007419473
Branch Call Number: F LAC NVD
Characteristics: 506 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-

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awc_9
Nov 11, 2015

Went oh hiatus from finishing the series after this book. Don't try to power through all these in a short time frame, or without other non Camila books inbetween. Got really critical and nitpicky. Didnt like the similar beginning to the previous book (another detective). Wasn't into the whole war theme, just not for me, or Erica's mother mystery. The who did it way more obvious than other books. And finally only saying "he was missing something but couln't put his finger on it" and then not elaborating until the reveal was extremely frustrating. Also ANOTHER grave digging, sigh, originality was lacking in this book for me. Will definitely take my time before I attempt the next one, if ever.

multcolib_susannel Sep 21, 2015

What do Nazi medals, two bachelor brothers and a hidden diary have to do with a violent murder? Or with crime writer Erika Falck's mother?

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GLNovak
Dec 22, 2014

Erica is working on a new book and her husband, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, is on paternity leave caring for their new daughter. Erica can't settle so is reading her mother's journals and following up on information she finds there, trying to get to know the mother who always kept her at arms length. One of her contacts meets a violent death, which draws her husband to investigate. What is just as interesting as the mystery is the humanness of the characters. We are privy to all sorts of day-to-day issues with the new baby, with the interplay between husband and wife, with the detectives working on the murder cases. This roundness makes for a smooth narrative and an engaging one.

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akmarti
Oct 07, 2014

Camilla Lackberg has a good series involving Erica Falk and husband Patrik Hedstrom. The mystery is an entertaining read. Along with the mystery that stretches back to Sweden's involvement with WWII, you get the reason for why Erica had a strained relationship with her mother. However, it seems a bit of a stretch that Erica's mother would be that old.

athompson10 Aug 05, 2014

If you're a regular mystery reader, you'll have the whodunit-and-why figured out about 2/3 of the way through.

debwalker Jul 07, 2014

More murders in small town Sweden. This time with roots in the darkest days of WW 2. Wonderful how the buffoon police chief Mellberg has been humanized and discovered the capacity to love - starting with a stray dog - despite the combover.

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lpreston214
Jun 09, 2014

A good entry into the Patrik Hedstrom/Erika Falck/Fjalbacka series. These are pretty light-weight books often concentrating more on the lives of Patrik and Erika than the mystery itself. There's always kind of a jarring mix of regular life and humor vs brutal murders. Also, they are written very simply or else there is something missing in the translation. There is not a lot of suspense or tension especially when the title kind of tells what's going to happen.

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LindaMarion
Jun 03, 2014

found this book an easy read. character development good. just not as hard edged as jo nesbo's books. would recommend.

alexica May 30, 2014

"The Hidden Child's" problems center around being toooooo long and contrived. If it were shorter and depended less on "coincidences," it would have been better. The author is talented but would have benefited from a good editor..........

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campingmomma
May 09, 2013

I really enjoyed this book despite the fact that it took me a month to read it. I don't know if I was too busy or if the amount of information in the book over loaded me, but I finished it and it was another winner by Lackberg! The twists and turns between present day and the war years was a lot to keep up with for some reason. No different than any of her other books, but this one ust seemed like more. Maybe it was because the information (plot) was regarding such heavy material. Natzism and such. I highly recommend it. I only have The Drowning and The Stranger (which comes out in May 2013 left. I will be so disappointed when I finish this series!

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