The Ice Princess
Patrik Hedstrom #1
Free Press 3/29/11
This is the first book in a three part series involving police detective Patrick Hedstrom. This psychological thriller involves Erica Falck, who has returned to her childhood home in the fishing village of Fjallbacka, after the death of her parents. Erica is a successful biographer who is not having much success in her personal life. She is unprepared for what she encounters on her arrival back in her hometown. Her childhood friend is found dead in her home. Her wrists are slashed and she is in a tub full of frozen water.
Erica teams up with the handsome police detective, Patrick Hedstrom, and the investigation begins to reveal a decades long mystery. During their investigation, flirtation leads to an uncontrollable attraction between the two. They begin to discover secrets that are sometimes best left buried and that someone is more then willing to do anything to keep them buried. Maybe even murder.
This is my first ever read from this Swedish author. It most definitely will not be my last. This thriller had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. There was so many twists and turns in the storyline that you had no way of knowing where it was going next. Every time a piece of the puzzle was revealed, I was in total shock. It was like following a real police investigation; not knowing where the next clue was going to take you.
There were so many different characters involved in the storyline; but yet the story just ran smoothly and everything fit in its proper piece of the puzzle. Patrick was such an endearing character that you just had to fall in love with him. I truly was not fond of Erica; but she definitely has her place in the story. I will be anxious to see what happens next in the follow-up, The Preacher.
I received this book free from Free Press for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I give The Ice Princess 5 out of 5 stars