Swedish crime sensation and No. 1 international bestseller, Camilla Lackberg's new psychological thriller - for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo Christian Thydell has been receiving anonymous threats since he began writing his novel The Mermaid. When one message, secreted within a bouquet of flowers, causes him to collapse at the launch party, crime writer Erica Falck is compelled to investigate. Erica's husband detective Patrik Hedstrom, meanwhile, is puzzled by the disappearance of Christian's friend Magnus Kjellner four months previously. When a body is found frozen in the sea near Fjallbacka, he has a murder enquiry on his hands Someone carries an intense hatred for Christian and his circle, and they won't hesitate to turn their threats into a reality. Clues in his debut novel The Mermaid point to a horrific secret buried deep in his past. One that someone will go to any lengths to keep hidden!
As a fan of Nordic Noir I am always on the look out for different writers of the Scandinavian crime genre. This was my first experience of the work of Camila Lackberg. Perhaps I should have done a little more research and realised that this was about the sixth in the series. It was characterised by a good back plot with which none of the victims/witnesses seems willing to assist our nice Swedish detectives. This forces one to further and further deranged solutions but it did unravel a bit to early as I began to suspect what had happened. Try to read it in a couple of sessions or you may lose control of who is married to whom.