The Stonecutter (Fjällbacka Series #3)

The Stonecutter (Fjällbacka Series #3)

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Overview

Critics are raving about this deliciously chilling new thriller from Scandanavian crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg.

Named by major media outlets, such as USA TODAY, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as a main successor to Stieg Larsson, Swedish author Läckberg is on the rise. Her new novel, which The Washington Post has already named as one of their “Ten Books We Love This Year” and praised as “richly textured and downright breathtaking,” continues the story of local detective Patrik Hedström and his girlfriend, Erica Falck, the beloved crime-solving duo whose first child has just been born. But while they celebrate this new life, a suspicious drowning claims a little girl they knew well. As the murder’s implications widen, Patrik’s investigation threatens to tear apart the rural fishing village of Fjällbacka, where a secret lurks that spans generations.

A deeply satisfying third installment in her internationally bestselling series, The Stonecutter will establish Läckberg for the U.S. audience once and for all. As USA TODAY says, “If you haven’t yet read the equally entrancing Ice Princess and The Preacher, what are you waiting for?”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451621860
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Fjällbacka Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 507
Sales rank: 217,524
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Camilla Läckberg is one of the top-selling female authors in Europe. Her books have sold worldwide in fifty-five countries, including more than 4 million copies in her native Sweden alone. She lives in Stockholm.

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Maureen Corrigan

"This richly textured mystery about a spate of murders in a fishing village suggests that Lackberg may be the heir to Agatha Christie.

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The Stonecutter 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and you can buy it on Amazon for 6 bucks. The asking price here is simply outrageous!
Mac190 More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, not easy to figure out "who did it"!
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The Stone­cut­ter by Camilla Läck­berg is the third novel in the Fjall­backa mys­tery series. The series fea­tures police­man Patrik Hed­strom who works in a small town in Sweden. A fish­er­man at the small town of Fjall­backa pulls out the body of a small girl, she seems to have drowned but soon it is dis­cov­ered that it is not the case. Police offi­cer Patrik Hed­strom, a new father and friend of the girl’s par­ents, is put on the case. But Patrik dis­cov­ers a sin­is­ter side of this small town which is much more than he anticipated. It’s 1923, Agnes a stub­born, rich and spoiled got preg­nant by one of her father’s work­ers. When her father rejects her, Agnes sets in motion events which will have far reach­ing consequences. I chose to read The Stone­cut­ter by Camilla Läck­berg because I read one of her pre­vi­ous books, The Ice Princess, and enjoyed it. There is another book in the series called The Preacher which I have not yet read. This book has a dif­fer­ent struc­ture than the pre­vi­ous one I read, the story alter­nates between past and present, while the time shifts (at the begin­ning of every chap­ter and are not con­fus­ing one bit) have very lit­tle to do with the actual mys­tery, I felt that they do come together skill­fully at the end. I did find the book excit­ing, Ms. Läckberg’s growth as an author is evident. The author jug­gles many issues dur­ing the story. Some have much to do with the mys­tery, some are just to throw the reader off track, and oth­ers have absolutely noth­ing to do with the mys­tery but sim­ply intro­duce us to the char­ac­ters’ psy­che and allow growth. One of the side issues, one that has noth­ing to do with the story, is post­par­tum depres­sion which seems to affect many women in Fjall­backa. It seemed that the small town suf­fers from a case of post­par­tum depres­sion but I think that we, as a soci­ety, don’t rec­og­nize how many women this diag­no­sis. The Ms. Läck­berg does rec­og­nize the dif­fi­cul­ties of stay at home moms. Not only the hard work which goes into tak­ing care of a baby or a tod­dler, but also the lack of appre­ci­a­tion felt by soci­ety at large. Unbe­knownst to the reader, until prac­ti­cally the end of the story, the author spends a lot of time try­ing to diag­nose what lies behind evil. The inher­ent assump­tion is that peo­ple are made evil, not born (even though that is the case for some) and even if they do some­thing bad, in their mind, they can­not see what they did wrong. Per­son­ally I found this aspect of the book the most fas­ci­nat­ing and extremely well done, it had me think­ing about this issue for days afterwards. The descrip­tions of small town life in Swe­den are fas­ci­nat­ing and filled with imagery. Like any small town, together with the quaint liv­ing come small town prob­lems and pol­i­tics. Swedish soci­ety is also rep­re­sented in this book in all its glory and its dark&
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved how this book is written with the 1920's story mixed in with the present one. I enjoyed the character development and can only hope the next book is as good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Possible spoiler alert (as a fair disclaimer) I had read good reviews and thus obtained this as a Nook Book. I absolutely sped through it, it's definitely a page-turner! As it is somewhat inevitable that it has been compared to the Millennium trilogy, I have so say that as dark as it was, I didn't find it quite as harrowing and haunting as The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, but that isn't to say it isn't dark and pretty disturbing on many levels all the same. The themes of motherhood in the novel - or parenting in general - will likely stick with me for some time.
BerylFL More than 1 year ago
Great crime novel and the writer (and translator) do an excellent job with theh characters. I have read another book by Ms. Lackberg and found it as good as this. This book was great!
JPTaiChi More than 1 year ago
Outstanding thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only disappointent is that I have to wait for the nextone. Well developed characters; interesting plot line.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A child's body is brought to the surface of the sea by a fisherman. At first the death appears accidental, but on autopsy, it is shown that the girl had bath water and ashes in her lungs, indicating murder. Worse is the fact that investigator Patrik Hedstrom knows the girl, Sara, who was the daughter of Charlotte, his wife Erica's friend.Jump back to 1923 and the story of Agnes, a spoiled teenager, who sneaks out of the house at night, who has her widower father wrapped around her little pinky, who always gets what she wants. For the majority of the book, Patrik and his crew have no clues. The story revolves around a long-standing feud between Sara's grandmother, Lilian, and her neighbor, Kaj. The plot also explores the relationship between Charlotte and her husband, Niclas, as well as various other husband/wife/child relationships.There is also an unfinished subplot regarding Erica's sister, Anna, and her abusive boyfriend. I find Scandinavian mysteries tough going sometimes. I like tighter stories. However, the characters in The Stonecutter are interesting and Patrik is a great example of a harried murder investigator.Having said all of this, I'd give the Stonecutter a try and I, personally, will read another of Camilla Lackberg's books.
libsue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, detailed mystery that had me guessing until a few chapters from the end. Not a literary masterpiece, but not the trash that Patterson puts out. I'll be back for more from Lackberg.
dpappas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first two books in this series so I knew that once I was able to read the third book I would. In this book Erica and Patrik have a newly born little girl, Maja. I loved seeing them all as a family, that was one of the bright spots of this book. As far as the rest of the book I found most of it to be predictable. Maybe I just have a screwed-up mind or I have read far too many books with subjects like this but it didn't seem that hard at all to figure out who had killed little Sara, and the other mysteries of the book. Even though it was predictable I did enjoy the book and look forward to reading more of this series.
ChrisSterry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A skilful plot which kept me wanting to read on. The gradual convergenece of the historical story, beginning in the 1920s with the present day time line was well done, and added to the suspense. I did work out who did it just before the end. But the desire to rush on to the end was tempered by the sheer, untempered misery and unhappiness of every character in the book. The bleak, rainswept lanscape of a Scandinavian autumn was a good metaphor for the book as a whole. I enjoyed the book enormously, but I am going off now to read the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes to cheer myself up!
magentaflake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A better story than the Preacher. Detective Hedstrom has just become a father when a young girl is found drowned, murdered. Interwoven is another story which is connect4ed to the murder. Found it all too contrived.
bhowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think "The Stone Cutter" is better than the previous two in this series or perhaps the translator is improving. Her two previous books had clunky English with too much slang that somehow was not very realistic. Her characters seem a little more intelligent in this book. I have ordered Gallows Bird and hopefully all 7 of this series will ultimately be translated to English.
martinhughharvey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Swedish thriller author.Decent enough detective story with a plot twist that did take me near to the end of the book to figure out. Enjoyable reading and not too complex. Most detective stories seem to have a protagonist detective that has quirks that add to the book - this didn't which I missed.Thanks to my sister for lending it to me.
JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
I struggled between giving this book 3 or 4 stars, but settled on 3. (Wish there was a 3-1/2 star rating!) The book moved along fairly quickly and kept my interest for the most part throughout--but I have a few criticisms. First, the book cover does not indicate that this is the third of a series, and while each book can be read stand alone, there are references to other characters and events that the reader would better understand if they had read the previous books. Additionally, the back of the book refers to Patric and Erica as a crime-solving duo but Erica has no role whatsoever in solving this crime and played only a very minor role in the previous book in the series--The Preacher.  Another complaint is that too many of the characters are one-dimensional  and stereotypical -- overbearing mothers-in-law, and self-absorbed co-workers. I also was annoyed that in both the Preacher and the Stonecutter, the author  tended to depict anyone of faith in negative, religious extremist terms. It's insulting to ordinary people of faith. Lastly,-- spoiler alert here -- the person found to be responsible for the crimes turned out simply to be a crazy person, and while I had the rare experience of figuring out the perpetrator early on, I had assumed the person was afflicted with munchausen by proxy. Still the book moves along quickly and keeps the reader's interest and that counts a lot. with me. This book--and series --is worth reading if you can get past those issues. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not realized this was the third book in a series, but it still was an excellent read. Kept me up too late, several night. Lackberg does a good job of making you feel the atmosphere of a place you may never have been.
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Very thorough and filled with chilling details. Story is quite believable with unforgettable characters. When you finish her books you crave warmth and you feel as if you were part of the town where the story takes place. It makes you want to run as fast as you can and as far away from the place where such gruesome characters were brought to life.
BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
I have read each of the Fjailbacka series and look forward to the new ones being planned. Lackberg is one of several excellent Swedish authors. I enjoy the way she has blended two stories that are taking place in different time periods. It is also fun to share in the evolution of the characters Erika and Patrik. Well written.
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