Hot on the heels of her phenomenal American debut, The Ice Princess, Camilla L ckberg brings readers back to the quiet, isolated fishing village in Sweden where dangerous secrets lie just beneath the community's tranquil surface.
During an unusually hot July, detective Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck are enjoying a rare week at home together, nervous and excited about the imminent birth of their first baby. Across town, however, a six-year-old boy makes a gruesome discovery that will ravage their little tourist community and catapult Patrik into the center of a terrifying murder case.
The boy has stumbled upon the brutally murdered body of a young woman, and Patrik is immediately called to lead the investigation. Things get even worse when his team uncovers, buried beneath the victim, the skeletons of two campers whose disappearance had baffled police for decades. The three victims' injuries seem to be the work of the same killer, but that is impossible: the main suspect in the original kidnappings committed suicide twenty-four years ago.
When yet another young girl disappears and panic begins to spread, Patrik leads a desperate manhunt to track down a ruthless serial killer before he strikes again.
Praise for 'The Preacher': '[Lackberg] is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror ! a must for white-knuckle junkies' Guardian 'An entertaining storyteller [who] keeps us guessing' Independent 'It's worth keeping an eye on Camilla Lackberg, whose second novel, The Preacher, is a cracker ! the plotting is immaculate and the villain proves to be thoroughly and inventively unpleasant' Independent 'Both chilling and thrilling' Sun 'A welcome addition to the swelling ranks of Scandinavian crime writers! a good, solid read' Irish Independent Praise for 'The Ice Princess': 'Another top-class Scandinavian crime writer reaches the British market' The Times 'A welcome new voice in crime fiction' Woman & Home 'Has a brooding quality redolent of its barren Swedish landscapes! intriguing and not a little disturbing' Irish Times 'Chilly, deceptive and lucid, just like the icy environment it describes' Literary Review 'Heart-stopping and heart-warming, 'The Ice Princess' is a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing' Val McDermid "Camilla Lackberg is a more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian crime writers translated into English. With its sharp emotional nuances and psychological insight, 'The Ice Princess' builds in suspense as the author turns her clear eye on the buried secrets and contemporary relationships of a small, isolated community. I predict that Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as poplular here as they are in her native Sweden" Peter Robinson
Born in 1974, Camilla Lackberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her Fjallbacka novels have all become Swedish No 1 bestsellers. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her children.