August 11th, 2010
Slightly neurotic and self-concious biography author Erica Falck has returned to her childhood home of Fjallbacka to sort through her deceased parents’ belongings and work on her current book. When her childhood best friend, the glamorous Alex, is found dead in her bathtub—an apparent suicide—Erica is second on the scene. One of the policemen called in to investigate the death, which turns out to be a murder made to look like suicide, is another of Erica’s childhood friends, Patrik Hedstrom. Patrik has always had a bit of a “thing” for Erica, who never personally found Patrik interesting until now. Their developing relationship complicates the investigation, as Erica finds herself increasingly obsessed with discovering how Alex lived after their friendship ended, why the friendship ended at all, and who would have wanted to kill her. A local alchoholic artist whom Alex has sponsored at her gallery is originally suspected of the crime, but the true story turns out to be a lot darker and more complicated than anyone believed.
Some clunky writing—which may be the fault of the translation—takes away from the otherwise suspenseful story. The setting, a tourist town nearly abandoned in the off-season, helps create further chill. Those looking for another Swedish mystery to read after finishing the third Stieg Larsson may find this mystery of interest.
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