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The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg

Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

August 2011 Book of the Month.

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 31 Jul 2011.

Worldwide bestseller Camilla Lackberg weaves together another brilliant contemporary psychological thriller with the chilling struggle of Erica, a young woman who discovers within the pages of her mother's diary a painful revelation about her own past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? As the dark past comes to light, no one can escape the truth.This is chilling to the bone and yet by turns almost cosy.

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The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family's past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother's circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedstrom, Erica's husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother's wartime diaries.


Praise for Camilla Lackberg: 'Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror! a must for white-knuckle junkies

'Chilling and thrilling'
The Sun

'A delight ! Tense and disturbing. You won't want to put it down'
News of the World

'A must read'
Daily Telegraph

'Lackberg is particularly good at portraying the claustrophobia of a small community in which everyone knows everyone else and the police may well be friends with killers'
The Times

'The hottest female writer in Sweden at the moment. Lackberg's job is to make the reader pleasurably uncomfortable -- one of her ironclad skills'

'Chilly, deceptive and lucid, just like the icy environment it describes'
Literary Review

'Heart-stopping and heart-warming ! is a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing'
Val McDermid

About the Author

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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Publication date

20th June 2011


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


400 pages


Crime / Mystery
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