The Ice Princess
Published in 2002, this is Camilla Läckberg’s debut as crime writer, the first in her Fjällbacka series, and was a huge success in Sweden when first published. The book is a mixture of traditional crime, romance and family relations, which apparently appealed to the audience. With a claustrophobic scenery of the small village where darkness seems to hide in every corner, Läckberg’s style of describing Fjällbacka has been compared to the French film director Claude Chabrol who had thrillers as his trademark.
It is winter and Fjällbacka, a small village by the sea, is quiet and calm, until the body of a young woman is found in the bathtub of her house. It seems like suicide, but after a while it’s discovered that she was murdered. Erica, an author, has recently return to her place of birth and the murdered woman is a childhood friend of hers. She is drawn into the case and together with Patrik, a local policeman, she slowly unveils the truth about her friend’s death.
When first published, “The Ice Princess” was criticized for using a plot and set of characters that has been seen many times before, but was also appreciated for its language and the social criticism of the Swedish society which was woven into the story.
Camilla Läckberg is a Swedish crime writer and has sometimes been called ‘the Swedish Agatha Christie’. Since her debut in 2002 with “The Ice Princess”, she has published twelve books; crime novels, cookery books and a children’s book, and been translated into 33 languages.