Published: May 1, 2012
The remote resort town of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman’s net. But this was no accidental drowning . . .
Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It’s his grim task to discover who could be behind the murder of a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. What he does not know is how this case will reach into the dark heart of Fjällbacka, spanning generations, ripping aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.
This is an amazing story dating back to 1923 and a poor stonecutter, who really has a minor (in my estimation) role in the story, but it is true to say that without him there would have been NO story.
The story shows how a lack of kindness to children and repeated punishment and neglect can turn them into hateful evil adults and that’s what happens here.
There are surprise twists around every corner and keeps you turning the pages or listening with a closer ear (as in my case). This book is translated from the Swedish and the narrator is wonderful at correctly pronouncing the names of the characters and the places of the region.
Wonderful mystery and a very pleasant read.