Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.
Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about the small town with a deeply disturbing past.
Camilla Lackberg's debut novel, The Ice Princess, is set in the small Swedish town of Fjallbacka, a close-minded community in which the local gossip knows no bounds.
One very cold winter, the body of a woman, Alex Wijkner, is discovered in her parents' house. She's naked in the frozen water of the bathtub with both wrists slit. She has committed suicide. Erica Falck, the victim's childhood friend and writer is both shocked and intrigued by this death. Why did Alex take her own life? She was wealthy, beautiful, admired by everyone since schooldays. Everyone wanted to be with her and be like her. But she always seemed aloof and reserved as if though hiding something.
Erica is commissioned by Alex's parents to write a memoir about their daughter and her life. She begins asking questions around but the image portrayed by the answers seems somewhat different to what Erika is expecting.
Patrik Hedstrom, a police investigator is suspicious. He doesn't believe the suicide theory and begins to dig deep into this mystery together with Erika, his childhood crush. But soon their partnership takes them to places they weren't expecting and their investigation reveals a horrific story that was kept hidden for twenty-five years.
The story is somewhat dragged in places and I was about to lose interest on more than one occasion. The chapters are also VERY long which I don't like in books. However, for a debut novel it is quite a good read. I like the general plot and the intricate way in which the author solves the mystery. I will read more books in the series.