I am one of the many [many] readers who thoroughly enjoyed (i.e., devoured, word for word) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson . . . AND tremendously and enthusiastically L-O-V-E-D the European movie versions of each because the characters cast were perfect for their roles, matching my images [of each] as Larsson depicted/described them in his books.
Well, I recently lucked out again at a Barnes & Noble bargain-priced-book sale by picking up a copy of The Ice Princess by Swedish author Camilla Lackberg (with 2 little dots over the “a” in her last name). On the front cover, in fact, it reads: “The Ice Princess is a precisely layered, highly engrossing story. Stieg Larsson fans who give Lackberg’s novel a chance to seduce them will be rewarded.” – USA TODAY — and I am indeed being seduced and rewarded BIG time!
Just to [hopefully] entice you a little more: The main character, . . . “Erica Falck, returns to her tiny, remote hometown in . . . Sweden . . . to encounter the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex . . .” (in fact, it’s Erica who finds Alex’s body) . . . “suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed.” Needless to say, I’m trying to help Erica figure out who killed Alex, too, but no luck . . . so far!
As with many of the books I’ve read recently, this author is new to me, too, so I was interested to learn that she’s considered to be an “international crime-writing sensation” and that she’s written 6 other novels before this one. (You can visit her website at http://www.camillalackberg.com.) Frankly, I never considered myself a fan of Scandinavian crime literature per se . . . until I finished Larsson’s trilogy and have now added Ice Princess to my small but growing collection.
I highly recommend that you read this book; and, if you do, please share your opinions about it with me when you’ve finished doing so, as I enjoy sharing/discussing our different viewpoints about what we’ve mutually read.
PS: So far, IKEA has only been mentioned once!