The Preacher (Patrik Hedstrom & Erica Falck 2)

by Camilla Läckberg | Mystery & Thrillers |
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Registered by rainbow3 of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 1/29/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by rainbow3 from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Book burble: ‘Expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror’ GUARDIAN

Twenty years ago two young women disappeared whilst holidaying in the peaceful resort of Fjallbacka. Now their remains have been discovered, along with those of a fresh victim, sending the town into shock.

Local detective Patrik Hedstrom, whose partner Erica is expecting their first child, has personal reasons for wanting to find the killer. And when a second young girl goes missing, Hedstrom's attention focuses on the Hults, a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics and criminals. Which of this family's dark secrets will provide the vital clue?

‘A cracker … the plotting is immaculate and the villain inventively unpleasant’ INDEPENDENT
Translated by Stieg Larsson’s and Henning Mankell’s Steven T Murray

THE PREACHER (Patrik Hedstrom & Erica Falck 2) by CAMILLA LÄCKBERG (2004) | ISBN: 0007416199 / 9780007416196 (UK PB) | Publisher: Harper (2011)

Finding THE PREACHER “the second psychological thriller from “No 1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation” Camilla Läckberg” in a book bag this weekend, when I was searching for another book entirely, I dimly recalled hurriedly slinging it in there before Christmas 2018. Now it's a superbly handy find as on a wish-list I am hunting out books for. Clearly I must have picked this up forgetting I didn’t hold onto book 4 of this series in October 2018 after having thought briefly about starting reading Läckberg’s output.

NB Book cover picture, Google didn’t come up with the correct cover picture so I improvised, and The Preacher book cover shown [top left] on this omnibus of Läckberg’s first three novels is the cover on my book.

Journal Entry 2 by rainbow3 at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, February 16, 2019
Hmm, I’ll admit much of the plot line was stimulating and though key character portraits were believable many were lacking in substance. There were a whole lot of comforting clichés which I rather despised, and a hasty (?) simplistic quality that disappointed, and quite a number of issues were too well telegraphed for my taste. To my surprise aspects of the narrative left me uncomfortable as they dwelt, too much for me, on the sensationalist aspect of brutal violence. On the other hand, I’ll admit this did engage me and the inclusion of the number of scenes of domestic cosiness was a telling counterfoil to the violence. The way the plot developed with information and the conclusions accruing from them slowly being drip-fed to the investigative team also contributed cleverly to the story, with both a sense of frustration and of increasing tension. More significantly, now I have a picture of the crew at Tanumshede police station I could see how I might be tempted to catch up with this crew again, I’m intrigued so we’ll see…

Quick scribbles on some of the cast: - Patrik Hedstrom, earnest and intelligent young was all too human with his self-doubt’s – but realistic at organising his team – has a coherent take on the strengths and capabilities of his team and it has to be said, the failings of his boss – plus a lead detective without a fatal flaw, there’s a refreshing change – to drive the edgy element of tension in this investigators life Läckberg’s uses the fire and ice produced during interactions within Hedstrom’s team as diverse character types interrelate
- Erica Falck, Patrik’s partner, a journalist, and as an intelligent and quick thinking woman a fine partner for Patrik to bounce ideas around with though of course there’s always going to the issue of moral ambiguity between them about any potential conflicts of interest between their jobs – Erica here at the books beginning is too pregnant to be comfortable especially in an endless heatwave is no leave waiting for their baby to be born and going slightly cabin-feaverish without work
- Superintendent Bertil Mellberg, Patrik’s boss, a politically aware and enterprising head of station, a bit of a caricature, swift to take for his own, praise for his departments success, and his soul practical contribution is to stave off outside interference letting the team get on with their work,
- the lazy and unimaginative Ernst who because of his own ineptness is thoughtless and belligerence only narrowly avoided causing any major screw-ups in the investigation
Anika the unacknowledged backbone of the department, a den-mother of a receptionist secretary, one who understands the work of the station, has thankfully got everyone’s measure and ably proves herself up to the task of delegating tasks in was a crisis. …not that she has the authority but then again in a crisis everyone pitches in…

Journal Entry 3 by rainbow3 at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, February 16, 2019

Released 2 yrs ago (2/16/2019 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


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Posted 1st class yesterday these five BookCrossing books were sent to mystery a bookcrosser in one of my Valentines Exchange 2019 packages! Each book travels with its own hand-made book-mark and other amusements in the box. Books 2 and 3 were on the Wish List of this bookcrosser. Despite being delayed, for which apologies, I hope this box is a source of delight - ENJOY!

Journal Entry 4 by HerbertLooby at Lisvane Little Free Library in Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, March 24, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (3/24/2019 UTC) at Lisvane Little Free Library in Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom


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I'm not generally a fan of the darker Scandinavian thrillers but I love Camilla Lackberg's books and this one was no exception.

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