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2014 - A Year in Books - Week 41

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I have looked at The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg as a potential read previously but rejected it on the basis that a front cover review refers to '...blood-curdling horror' – I don't do Horror as a genre. However, this time when I picked it up I started reading and was immediately drawn in. This is 'Scandi' crime and if you have read Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson you should have no problem with this book's content.
There are two stories, with the earlier one gradually catching up to the present day, and the narrative switches between them. In the present, in the Swedish resort of Fjällbacka, the body of a young girl is found in a fisherman's net, and what makes it worse is that the child is well known to the investigator Patrik Hedström and his wife. What he doesn't know, and in fact never discovers, is how this tragedy reaches back to a time when a young, privileged woman becomes involved with a lowly stonecutter. The consequences of this liaison will prove devastating for years to come.
The author's portrayal of life in a small community and of the intricacies of family relationships is very good and I feel sure I shall read more of her novels in the future.