The Girl in the Woods

The Girl in the Woods

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When a four-year-old girl disappears in the woods just outside Fjällbacka, the community is horror-struck. Thirty years ago, a young girl went missing from the exact same spot, and was later discovered, murdered. Back then, two teenage girls were found guilty of the killing. Could it really be a coincidence that one of the girls - now a world-famous actress - has just returned to Fjällbacka? Detective Patrik Hedström starts investigating, with his wife, bestselling crime writer Erica Falck, by his side. But as Patrik and Erica dig deeper, the truth becomes ever murkier, because it seems that everyone in the tight-knit community is hiding something. And soon, the residents must confront the fact that they could be harbouring a murderer in their midst.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
ISBN: 9780007518371
9780007518388
Characteristics: 583 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-

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LindaMarion
Sep 10, 2018

I would love to read this book as I have read all her previous books. But at close to 600 pages, I felt the story was padded too much. I returned the book to the library. I hope her next book will be 300-400 pages.

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gloryb
Jul 19, 2018

This book continues with Lackberg's main policing characters used in her other novels - Patrick, Erica, Gosta, Martin, Mellberg, etc. It seems that a missing child found dead in the lake in the woods was also the same place where another child had been found dead 20 years earlier. The police force expects that it is the same murderer. Lackberg has a way of writing with such detail - for example she will say the character opened the window but then adds the minor detail about the fly on the window being able to escape. I found it quite easy to skip over paragraphs - just read the main sentences to get the drift and the ones that carry the main plot line. She does have secondary storylines weaving in present day immigration problems with Syrian refugees (she's sympathetic), a centuries old family curse (at the end the connection becomes clear why this story is given almost alternating chapters), teenage misfits, and updates on the family life of her continuing characters. The plot is intriguing, just drawn out too much.

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