The Hidden Child : Fjallbacka Mysteries

  • by Camilla Läckberg
  • Narrated by Eamonn Riley
  • Series: Fjallbacka Mysteries
  • 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Worldwide best seller Camilla Lackberg weaves together another brilliant contemporary psychological thriller with the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe's past.
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 enquiries 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 new-born baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be....

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What the Critics Say

"Läckberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror... a must for white-knuckle junkies." (Guardian)
"Läckberg is particularly good at portraying the claustrophobia of a small community in which everyone knows everyone else and the police may well be friends with killers." (The Times)

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Old fashion cliché

I think the book started quite well and I was hooked listening, but it didn't take long before the style of the writing become incredibly dreary. It's so old fashioned and simple in it's style, like the essays you wrote in college. If I didn't know better I would have thought this was an amateur writer. The dialogue was so predictable! The narrator also used a lot of the same voices for several characters - all male characters sound like they belong in the 60s. The story however, does get better and it's worth listening to the end. But I won't be choosing more books from this author.
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- Hilde

The Hidden Child

I thoroughly enjoyed this book which was extremely well crafted and brilliantly narrated. Unlike some other translations and adaptations from Swedish novels, this has been very well done and the narration brings the characters to life in a way that allows the listener to easily empathise with them. I would recommend this book without reservation.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited