Sunday, July 09, 2017

Short & Sweet Review: The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg (audio)

Title: The Drowning
Author: Camilla Lackberg
Series: Patrik Hedstrom/Fjallbacka, #6
Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: September 2015, Blackstone Audio
Length: 13 hours 13 hours
Source: Personal copy via Audible

Christian Thydell’s dream has come true: his debut novel, The Mermaid, is published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?

When crime writer Erica Falck, who discovered Christian’s talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the author’s mysterious past…

Meanwhile, one of Christian’s closest friends is missing. Erica’s husband, Detective Patrik Hedström, has his worst suspicions confirmed as the mind-games aimed at Christian and those around him become a disturbing reality.

But, with the victims themselves concealing evidence, the investigation is going nowhere. Is their silence driven by fear or guilt? And what is the secret they would rather die to protect than live to see revealed?

International bestseller Camilla Läckberg delivers a chilling and suspenseful mystery that will grip the reader right until its staggering final twist…
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: This is the 6th book in Camilla Lackberg's Fjallbacka/Patrik Hedstrom series and I just have to say - I really love this series! It seems to get better and better with each book. This one was so intricately plotted and I loved the clever way this one was told. I in no way saw the way things were tied up...and let's just talk about that cliffhanger of an ending! I cannot wait to pick up the next book...

One thing I found to be interesting is that this book had a little bit of a different feel in that it starts off a little slow - really setting the scene, and then it takes off. I loved how the chapters are interspersed with snippets of the past to really give us the full picture - though you don't really know at the time how it is connected. 

And of course, I loved how despite being heavily pregnant with twins, Erica let nothing stop her from doing her own investigating. In fact, I believe without her, this case might not have gotten as far as it did...she truly is a force to be reckoned with and a good balance for Patrik! 

Audio thoughts:
So, Simon Vance is starting to win me over with his narration of this series. Though I still prefer David Thorn (nothing again Simon Vance - just got attached to David Thorn) I am adjusting and finding that Simon Vance is consistent with his voices from book to book - which I find refreshing. He sticks with the voices he gives - each character having their own unique one, and his tone and pacing is good. I just hope there will not be another narrator change in this series - one is enough!

Books in this series: 

  1. The Ice Princess
  2. The Preacher
  3. The Stonecutter
  4. The Stranger
  5. The Hidden Child
  6. The Drowning
  7. The Lost Boy
  8. Buried Angels
  9. The Ice Child

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