Magnus Kjellner has been missing for several months. His wife Cia visits the police station every Wednesday to ask Detective Patrik Hedstrom if there is any progress. On the last visist, he tells Cia that he thinks Magnus is deceased.
Meanwhile Patrick’s wife Erica Falck is very far along in her pregnancy with twins. Their other child, Maja is acting up and whiny.
Christian Thydell has just published his first novel called The Mermaid. It is a tortured story, but also has hope. He is a friend and protégé of Erica’s, so of course she feels pride. Christian is also a friend of Magnus’. When Erica finds out that Christian has been receiving threatening letters, she secretly appropriates one and takes it to Patrick. But Christian isn’t the only one getting the letters. Unbeknownst to Christian some of his friends are also getting the letters. When the seriously ill wife of one of Magnus’ friends named Kenneth dies under mysterious circumstances and another letter is left in her hand, the case ratchets up.
Three months have passed and a dog walker finds a body under the ice. It is Magnus and he has been stabbed.
Erica tries to get more information from Christian, but he isn’t talking. He seems to disappear into his own mind. He and his wife are not getting along at all. And he’s not the only one. Another friend, Erik, has also been getting the letters. He solves his anxiety by seducing women other than his wife, and she knows all about it. Their relationship is deteriorating as well. The four friends are literally falling apart.
Time passes and two members of the four are now dead, words are written on a wall in red paint, another of the four is in the hospital and still no one is talking. Erica takes a trip to Christian’s former home and discovers a child’s drawings and gets a clue that sends her to Sanna, Christian’s wife.
The pieces slowly come together. Patrik and Erica get together and search Christian’s boathouse. Ah ha! The identity of the killer, who they have determined is a woman, is a stunner. I certainly didn’t see that one coming.
This novel is very well written and plotted as are all of Camille Lackberg’s books. The main characters are engaging and I liked the relationships between Ericka and Patrik, as well as Anna, Ericka’s sister, and her husband Dan. The team gets along very well, except for their boss, Mellberg, who is a little bit of a know-it-all and Martin’s restlessness. The action keeps moving and the reader is drawn into Christian’s and everyone else’s stories. Very good novel! Bring on the next one, Ms. Lackberg!
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1410451089
- 条形码: 9781410451088
- 商品尺寸: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- 商品重量: 612 g
- ASIN: 1410451089
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