June 4, 2014

The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg: A Book Review and Giveaway!


Do you have Sprouts grocery stores near you? I love Sprouts, especially on Wednesdays. Because each week's sale runs from Wed-Wed, on Wednesdays you get the sales from both weeks!

I'm kind of running double-ad Wednesdays for a couple of weeks this summer too. I have some great books lined up as giveaways; and they'll overlap every Wednesday. Last week's giveaway of The Marathon Conspiracy is open through tonight, and today's giveaway will be open through next week.

Now, on to the book! You all know that I'm a big Camilla Lackberg fangirl, and I loved her most recent entry in the Patrik Hedström series.

As The Hidden Child opens, Detective Patrik Hedström has taken paternity leave to care for their daughter while his wife, crime writer Erica Falck, returns to writing. But Erica becomes sidetracked when she inherits a trunk that belonged to her mother, Elsy. To her bewilderment, the trunk contains not only a set of diaries, but a Nazi medal. Meanwhile, Patrik is having a hard time focusing on childcare and keeping his nose out of police business--especially once he realizes that Erik Frankel, an old man whose death seems linked to a virulent neo-Nazi group, is the Nazi-relic expert that Erica recently consulted to analyze Elsy's medal.

The Hidden Child alternates smoothly between the modern-day life of Erica and Patrik and the dramatic situations Elsy and her friends experienced during World War II, and soon 60-year-old secrets begin to unfold. Fans of the other four books in the series will be happy to see interesting developments in the personal lives of Erica's sister and Patrik's coworkers. New readers are bound to be hooked by Läckberg's unusual blend of personal drama, social commentary and mystery. The Hidden Child is an excellent entry in this appealing series.

To enter to win a copy of The Hidden Child, leave a comment letting me know who your favorite Scandinavian mystery author is (or explaining why you don't have one).

Details: The giveaway will be open through 6/11/14. I'll randomly choose a comment, and contact the winner for their mailing details -- US addresses only please. If you subscribe via email, you'll have to click through to comment. I originally wrote part of this review for Shelf Awareness. The post contains a few of my affiliate links. And I asked Pegasus Books to provide a copy of the book for one of you, but I wasn't paid or perked for my review.

UPDATE: The winner is commenter #1, Carrie Roer! Now you get to try some Scandinavian mystery!

Hint: Next week's giveaway is a historical fiction book that I think fans of the Pink Carnation series might really like... don't forget to check back!

And, reminder: The next Judging Books by Their Covers link-up will be THIS FRIDAY, 6/6. So get your book covers ready!