Audiobook Review – The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg

The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg
Narrated by Simon Vance

Fjällbacka Series #5

The Hidden Child (Patrik Hedström, #5)Description from Goodreads:

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. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old?

Genre: Mystery
Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars)

Had I realized when I picked it up that this was the 4th book in a series, I would have looked for the first book to start at the beginning. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything starting at this point in the story, however. The relationships between characters were either evident or explained well enough that you can easily read or listen to this book without having read the previous books, and not feel lost.

A lot of Swedish crime fiction has a particular melancholy feel to it, and The Hidden Child is no exception. The author did injected occasional brief moments of humor into the story that helped lighten the mood, however, and they kept it from feeling too dark.

The story is told in both in the present, and through flashbacks, in the time around WW2. It follows the police investigation into the murder of a local historian, as well as the family drama unfolding as Erica Faulk digs into her mother’s past. The two series of events turn out to be more intertwined than anyone could have imagined, and even though I could see where it was going, the story didn’t give everything away at once and I didn’t really know what had happened until the end.

Making the story even more enjoyable to listen to, Simon Vance did a great job narrating. He has a smooth, even voice that fit the story perfectly. He also either speaks Swedish or spent some quality time learning how to pronounce the Swedish names and places in the book! 🙂

If you are a fan of police procedural and / or historical mysteries, give this one a try!

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What are you reading Wednesday – 10/7/15

What are you reading Wednesday – 10/7/15

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Well, it looks like I completely missed Tuesday this week. I got distracted and never wrote my Top Ten list, and now it is Wednesday already. I’ll see if I can get back on track! 🙂 Before I get too far though, I want to stop and thank Sarah from Sarah’s Bookshelf – I won her book giveaway and received these in the mail yesterday!

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Now back to WAYRW…..

What Are You Reading Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. Still reading my same books, but I have started a new audiobook – The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg.
The Hidden Child (Patrik Hedström, #5)

2. Since it is an audiobook, I can’t give you a quote from page #34, but I can give you a quote from the book  – “And it is always the victors who write the historical narrative.”. This is an opinion held by “Sweden’s Friends”, a Neo-Nazi group who believe that historians have painted a negative and unrealistic picture of the Nazi’s and the Holocaust, and that Sweden needs to make major policy changes.

3.  This story shifts back and forth between present day Sweden, and WW2 era Sweden and Norway. I would not mind visiting or even spending time living in Sweden or Norway now, but if I had to travel into the past when there were Nazi’s about, then I would NOT want to live there!

So how about you? Leave a link to your own post or let me know what you are reading this week in the comments. (and if you’ve read any of the books in this series, I’d love to know what you thought of them!)