The hidden child / Camilla Läckberg ; translated by Marlaine Delargy.

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  • Additional Information
    • Edition:
      First Pegasus Books ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: After finding a Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings, crime writer Erica Falck meets with an old friend of her mother's, who is suddenly and violently murdered two days later, and Erica and her husband Detective Patrik Hedström must turn to family wartime diaries for clues.
    • Notes:
      "First published in Swedish as Tyskungen in 2007" -- verso.
    • Other Titles:
      Tyskungen. English
    • ISBN:
      9781605985534
      1605985538
    • OCLC:
      ocn858843407
      858843407
    • Accession Number:
      fay.410946

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2014 April #1

Long troubled by her late mother's coldness toward her two daughters, writer Erica Falck begins to read her mother, Elsy's, teenage diaries. She also discovers a Nazi war medal with the diaries and asks a retired history teacher to examine it. Within days, the teacher is bludgeoned to death. Then Britta, Elsy's closest friend as a teenager, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, is also murdered. Through the diaries, Erica intuits that the solution to the mystery is rooted in events that took place during WWII. Once again, Läckberg (The Stonecutter, 2012) employs Swedish history and her setting, Fjallbacka, the postcard-pretty village where Falck grew up, to craft an engaging tale that spans three generations of Fjallbackians. The author goes deep into the lives of a very large cast of characters, and some crime lovers might balk at a 520-plus–page novel that is almost half family saga. But taken as a whole, The Hidden Child will keep fans of Swedish crime guessing until the final pages. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 March #1

The fifth book in the Det. Patrik Hedström series (The Stranger) finds Patrik starting his paternity leave so his wife, crime writer Erica Falck, can work on her new book. However, when a retired history teacher is murdered near their home, Patrik finds it impossible to stay away from the investigation. Erica is stunned to discover that the victim, Erik Frankel, was a man she had visited months earlier when she found a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Erik was among her mother's close circle of friends during World War II, and Erica had hoped that digging into her mother's past would help explain why she was always so emotionally distant. But after two more members of this circle die, Erica and Patrik realize that her mother's wartime diaries may be the key to solving the murders and giving Erica peace of mind. VERDICT Once again Läckberg has written an exciting, fast-paced mystery. Though the flashbacks to the 1940s can be distracting, this secondary plot is just as intriguing as the main story line. Though dealing with the serious subjects of extremist groups and prisoners of war, the novel has its humorous moments. Recommended for the author's fans as well as lovers of Scandinavian mysteries.—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY

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PW Reviews 2014 March #3

Läckberg's excellent fifth novel set in the Swedish coastal village of Fjällbacka (after 2013's The Stranger) finds Det. Patrik Hedström on paternity leave, looking after his toddler daughter, Maja, though that doesn't stop him from taking her to a crime scene, much to the chagrin of Patrik's wife, Erica Falck. Someone struck elderly Erik Frankel, an expert on Nazis, a fatal blow to the head in the house he shared with his brother, Axel, who tracks Nazi war criminals. Is the historian's murder related to the uptick in neo-Nazi activity? Meanwhile, Erica has a connection to the victim. She recently asked Erik to examine a Nazi medal that she discovered among the possessions of her late mother, Elsy. Flashbacks to WWII describe how Elsy, the Frankels, and others befriended a young French Resistance fighter. Horrific secrets come to light as the author skillfully shows how the past has influenced recent events. Agents: Bengt Nordin and Maria Enberg, Nordin Literary Agency (Sweden). (May)

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