Publisher: Free Press
Published: March 2011
Fjallbacka, Sweden is an idyllic fishing village. Rich city folk pay tons of money for summer homes here. People that live there rarely want to leave. All is not as it seems though. Small towns can hold big secrets. You know the saying, "Two people can share a secret -- if one of them is dead." Someone has taken that to heart.
Erica Falck returns to her hometown to settle her parents' estate after their death in a car accident. She didn't expect to find the frozen corpse of her childhood best friend. Despite all signs pointing to suicide, Erica feels like Alex wouldn't and didn't kill herself.
Patrick Hedstrom is the officer assigned to the case. Hobbled by an incompetent supervisor, he tries to uncover why someone would kill, and in Fjallbacka. With ingenuity and some prompts from Erica, he works slowly but surely to solve the mystery.
The mystery is complicated by the fact that in a small town like Fjallbacka everyone seemingly knows each others business. Can there be any secrets worth killing for? Who would have such a secret? Why murder now? Horrific deeds come to life despite the best efforts of several people including the murderer to keep them hidden.
There was lots of extraneous info in this book. The characters constantly repeating each others ideas or withholding information from each other. There are several sections showing either Erica's or Patrick's angst regarding the other. The multiple viewpoints, one of which isn't revealed until later in the book, can be very distracting.
Overall, the book was well done. The main characters were pretty well done and had pretty clearly defined personalities. The plot was suspenseful and had several interesting twists. It's a great beach read that keeps you interested but is low maintenance. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
** This review was based on a book provided by the publisher.**