Publication date: May 15, 2014
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Genre: Psychological/Crime fiction
Crime writer Erica Falck should be hard at work on her new novel, but there is something consuming her thoughts—a Nazi medal she discovered in her late mother’s trunk that was wrapped in a blood-stained baby’s dress. Also in the trunk is a set of her mother’s WWII diaries she hasn’t had the nerve to read. Haunted by a childhood of family neglect, Erica resolves—with a little encouragement from her husband, Detective Patrick Hedstrom—to dig deeper into the past to uncover the significance of these items and answer the nagging questions she’s had about her emotionally distant mother. As she delves deeper into her own personal investigation, Erica comes to learn more about her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War and is determined to track them down to find out more.
At the same time the local police department is trying to solve a murder that is connected to Erica. Local historian, Erik Frankel, was brutally killed in his home shortly after receiving a visit from Erica asking about her mother’s medal. As the investigations develop, the links between the present day murder and the dark secrets of Erica’s mother’s past are too strong to ignore. But who would kill so ruthlessly keep an old secret buried?
Part thriller, part family drama with a devastating love story at its core, THE HIDDEN CHILD is an engrossing and multi-layered novel that reinforces why Camilla Läckberg is one of the best writers of crime fiction today.
An Amazon Editors Pick for Spring 2014
“Fans of Nordic noir will appreciate this taut, twisty mystery enriched with historical detail.” ~Kirkus Reviews
“The Hidden Child will keep fans of Swedish crime guessing until the final pages. ~Booklist
“[In] Läckberg’s excellent fifth novel…horrific secrets come to light as the author skillfully shows how the past has influenced recent events.” ~Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Camilla Läckberg’s novels have all been #1 bestsellers in Sweden. She was the #1 bestselling female author in Europe last year and her books have been published in thirty-five countries. Her previous novels are The Ice Princess, The Preacher, and The Stonecutter. Camilla lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her family. www.camillalackberg.com