My Rating: 5/5 Stars
My appetite for mystery books was opened by the Scandinavian literature and after reading Camilla Läckberg’s books, I managed to discover more writers from the same genre.
You may wonder what is so fascinating about this type of literature, but believe me, once reading a book from a Scandinavian writer, you will understand exactly what I’m talking about.
What really impressed me was how balanced the books from this genre are. They have this dramatic twist in them, this raw way of illustrating reality in an awkward and heavy way, but they are so anchored to reality it will open you up and make you realize that this is not a fake story, that those events did took place.
The writers are not only concentrating in building a good story and delivering a satisfying ending. No! They have such great and strong characters, with a complex background that will be explored throughout the book. They are not perfect, but combine a lot of elements that make them very balanced. A heavy accent is put on the relationships between them, like a spider web and creating that unpredictability that I so love about them. You don’t know how the book is going to end. It is impossible to figure it out and after reading one book please tell me if I’m wrong.
An example is The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg, the first book from a series that I love and that had a lot of success, even if by the time it was released, Scandinavian literature was not so famous around mystery books.
The story follows Erica Falck, who returned to her home town, Fjällbacka, to finish her book about the first Swedish woman who won the Novel Prize for Literature. Her parents recently died and Erica is left alone to cope with all her feelings.. mourning, loss, writer block. The hero of this story is Patrick Hedström, a young detective that is taking care of a strange murder case. A woman was found frozen in her home bathtub, but what is weird is that her death occurred before she was placed in the tub, allowing the liquid to freeze around. It was originally classed as suicide, but a lead to the dead woman went to Erica, who apparently was a good friend of the deceased, Alex. Erica is fully convinced that Alex did not commit suicide and helps Patrick in his case. A lot of things will be discovered, and as I said before, the reality in which they are presented it not a colorful one.
An distinct element of the Scandinavian literature is the way the descriptions are made. Precise, raw, real and sometimes disturbing, but it gives an authentic vibe that I simply adored and made me so addictive to this genre that I couldn’t stop reading.
I totally recommend this series, but not only for Camilla Läckberg, but for other writers as well. You can find below a short list:
- Liza Marklund
- Anne Holt
- Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
- Mons Kallentoft
- Asa Larsson
- Kjell Ola Dahl