Book Review: The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg

The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
Series: Fjallbacka #5
Published by Harper on 2011
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction
Pages: 506
Format: eARC
Source: Harper

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why.Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death.

I received this book for free from Harper in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review:

I don’t read a lot of crime books.  I was burned out on them years ago, but there are a few authors that make the cut for me and Camilla Lackberg is one of them.  I’ve been following her Fjallbacka series since the first book was released and I’m always excited to see a new release pop up in my notices.  THE HIDDEN CHILD did not disappoint.  It solidly landed among some of my favorites of Lackberg’s books and I was reminded, once again, of just how intensely absorbing this genre of book can be when it’s written well.

In THE HIDDEN CHILD, Lackberg explores the relationship of two brothers, each with a vastly different view of WW2 due to each of their circumstances (age, etc).  She takes her readers through the story by revealing other bits and pieces of what the war was like in Sweden; how it affected families and lives and the dynamic of life – especially as relating to the border of Norway. But more than just a history lesson, Lackberg immerses us in the story through Ericka, a crime writer/new mother who just happens to be married to a detective Patrik Hedstrom.  So in addition to the story of a crime unfolding, the story takes on a more personal, human feel as the couple tries to navigate their lives and who fits what where and learns that, well, life can be messy.

I really enjoyed THE HIDDEN CHILD.  I read it in a single afternoon/evening and not once thought about putting it down to do something different – including dinner.  I snacked and laughed and gasped as various aspects of the story were revealed to me and I think fondly of that day as a day that I just had a really good time.  I don’t think there really is higher praise that I could give a book, so I’m going to leave it at that.


Check out these reviews!

  • “Reading Camilla Lackberg books are such a pleasure. I just love her writing!“ –  Bill’s Book Reviews
  • “From a criminal plotting perspective this is probably Läckberg’s best novel, incorporating two strong plots.” – Reactions to Reading
  • “I continue to be impressed by Lackberg’s skill as a writer. I felt The Hidden Child flowed perfectly.” – The Book Lovers Boudoir

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