The Stranger (originally published as The Gallows Bird) : Fjallbacka Mysteries

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

Publisher's Summary

For the first time in English, the fourth psychological thriller from No 1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Läckberg.
A woman is found dead, apparently the victim of a tragic car crash. It’s the first in a spate of seemingly inexplicable accidents in Tanumshede and marks the end of a quiet winter for detective Patrik Hedstrom and his colleagues.
At the same time a reality TV show is being shot in the town. As cameras shadow the stars’ every move, relations with the locals are strained to breaking point. When a drunken party ends with a particularly unpopular contestant’s murder, the cast and crew are obvious suspects. Could there be a killer in their midst?
As the country tunes in, the bodies mount up. Under the intense glare of the media spotlight, Patrik faces his toughest investigation yet…


What the Critics Say

“Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror… a must for white-knuckle junkies.” ( The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I really love Camilla Lackberg novels

But this audio book is let down by two things. The first is the at best workmanlike translation by Steven T. Murray with his usual heavy handed approach to language. Many subtleties of meaning seem to get lost and there is over use of the same phrase time after time. It is almost as if it has been translated by machine but I cannot simply put it down to being translated into American English rather than British English as I have with some of his previous translations, it's just really bad this time around.

Secondly is Eamonn Riley's delivery which seems very hurried. He does not leave enough space between sections in a chapter when the narrative moves from, for example, Patrick to Erica which means you are not sure who is speaking for a while. Similarly he leaves big gaps between paragraphs dealing with the same narrator but when listening you are expecting there to be a change and again it is confusing as to which character in the story is narrating. Finally his pronunciation of some Swedish names and places is also either off or he mumbles his way through them.

The story is actually quite good but is badly let down the translation and narration. The story alone deserves 4 stars.
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- Russell

john at stock

I have fallen in love with Swedish writers and if Camilla is a good writer I will never know. I switched off after 10 minutes of tripe reading and awful ponderous English--something must have happened in the translation. Worst book in 5 yrs of membership and bin the reader please unless its a comic book....
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- John Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited