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The Gilded Cage

by Camilla Lackberg

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

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The Gilded Cage by Camilla Lackberg is an intriguing psychological thriller and disturbing domestic noir. Faye seems to have it all – the perfect husband, the perfect daughter, the perfect house, the perfect life... Yet she’s spent much of her life running away from her very dark past. The book shows that no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors and who people really are.

The book is set in the Swedish city of Stockholm. Its beautiful vivid descriptions. I felt as though I could see the characters and their surroundings. The narrative makes astute observations of people’s mannerisms and interactions, bringing the characters and story to life. 

The Gilded Cage switches between the past and present, following Faye and her husband Jack from the moment they met until the present day. This is a tale of love, friendship, betrayal and revenge, featuring secrets, lies, manipulation and shocking revelations. Faye certainly isn’t who her friends and family think she is – she’s craving love and attention from her often-distant husband and will do anything to get it. She’s very mixed up and very chilling – a character that’s difficult to warm to and one that you’ll love to hate. But is she really a psychopath and how much has she been shaped by her past?

The Gilded Cage is a book that will thrill, shock and entertain its readers – and certainly not for the fainthearted!

Victoria Goldman

The Gilded Cage Synopsis

A woman who has everything...

People would kill to have Faye Adelheim's life. She lives in a beautiful apartment, she has a gorgeous husband who gives her everything she's ever wanted, and she has an adorable daughter who lights up her world.

Or does she?

So how is it, then, that Faye now finds herself in a police station?

The truth is about to come out...

The truth is that Faye's life is far from what it seems. And now she's been caught out. There's no way she's going down without a fight. The only question is - who will escape with their life?

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The Gilded Cage Press Reviews

'A sexy, sensational novel with intoxicating vengeance and an unexpected tenderness - The Golden Cage is tensely and skillfully drawn' Karin Slaughter

'Lackberg's new embrace of a terrifying revenge scenario furnishes visceral psychological crime.' Financial Times

'The queen of Swedish noir' iNews

'Smart, unflinching...

[a] novel of female empowerment and triumph over the patriarchy.' New York Times Book Review

'The Golden Cage is a fast-paced psychological thriller about betrayal, sex, money, and a scorned wife's revenge a la Gone Girl.' Buzzfeed

'Sexy, scandalous, and terrifying, this is the kind of suspense story you gobble up in one sitting.' Real Simple

'Insightful, addictive - and twisted!' In Touch

'A sexy, deliciously dark journey.' Los Angeles Times

'The doyenne of Swedish crime fiction serves up a propulsive tale... There's enough haute couture, Cava, and hot sex to sate a devotee of romance fiction, but the real satisfaction comes in watching our heroine reclaim her fierceness.' O Magazine

'Lackberg has made a career out of writing ingenious psychological suspense stories ... The Golden Cage tells a nasty tale about entrenched male domination in a supposedly enlightened society; great wealth and the soul rot it can breed; and the payback - oh, the sweet, sick payback of a woman used and spurned, rising up from the discard pile.' Washington Post

A fabulous, frothy novel.

New York Post

'A twisty tale set squarely inside the world of the very rich and very fabulous.

Glamour US

'Sexy... exquisite... scorching... Lackberg reinforces her position as the thriller queen of Scandinavia.' Publishers Weekly

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008283766
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008283728
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780008283759
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008283766
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Camilla Lackberg
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery, Fiction in translation,

About Camilla Lackberg

Born in 1974, Camilla Lackberg graduated from Gothenburg University of Economics, before moving to Stockholm where she worked for a few years as an economist. However, a course in creative crime writing became the trigger to a drastic change of career. Her first six novels all became Swedish No 1 bestsellers. She lives in a suburb of Stockholm with her three children.   Author photo © Alma Alexander

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