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The Lost Boy

by Camilla Lackberg

Part of the Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck Series

Books of the Month - <b>September</b> Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Lost Boy

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

The harrowing subject of domestic violence and its destructive consequences are expertly handled in Camilla Lackberg's new psychological thriller which will be irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. Mats Sverin was Fjallbacka’s financial director on a regeneration project worth millions. When he is found murdered, Detective Patrik Hedstrom must find answers. Is it just a coincidence that his high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has returned to the area? What does she know about who Mats really was? As the murder investigation draws a blank, the police have to dig deeper – and before long, everyone’s lives will be dragged into the light ... 


With a plot that tightens like a noose throughout the book it is pretty hard to put down.

 

August 2013 Book of the Month.

 

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Lost Boy a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Lost Boy is a delight from start to finish, in the course of which Ms Lackberg weaves together a seemingly disparate series of plot lines with her customary skill.' - Chris Nolan. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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The Lost Boy Synopsis

No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg's new psychological thriller - irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. Mats Sverin was Fjallbacka's financial director on a regeneration project worth millions. When he is found murdered, Detective Patrik Hedstrom must find answers. It seems Mats was a man who everybody liked yet nobody really knew - a man with something to hide...Is it just a coincidence that his high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has returned to the area? What does she know about who Mats really was? However, Nathalie has her own secret. Something has made her and her five-year-old son flee to their remote family home on the 'Ghost Isle'. And that is where she'll stay and shield her son from the evils of the world. But, as the murder investigation draws a blank, the police have to dig deeper - and before long, everyone's lives will be dragged into the light ...

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The Lost Boy Reader Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The lost Boy. You can read their reviews below.

 

Jillian McFrederick - 'It’s not just a Scandinavian psychological thriller but the continuing story of a community and a lifestyle with a  few crimes ancient and modern thrown in...Highly recommended to all those who love Wallander and all things Scandinavian!   Click here to read the full review.

Barbara Goldie - 'Hooked from the first page “it was only when she placed her hands on the steering wheel that she saw they were bloody”. This is such a strong opening sentence that really pulls you in.'   Click here to read the full review. 

Reba Khatun - 'The Lost Boy left me with shivers down my spine...I felt incredible sadness and it's an understatement to say this book will be one I will remember for a very long, long time.'  Click here to read the full review.

Kathy Howell - 'I enjoy reading detective novels...The story is well told and has ghosts as well to add to the atmosphere.  I will certainly be looking for more by this author.'  Click here to read the full review.

Ray Orgill - 'Here Camilla Lackberg demonstrates her skills with an investigation set in Sweden and which keeps the reader wondering through to the last chapter.'   Click here to read the full review.

Magda North  - 'Camilla Lackberg is surely the yummy mummy of Scandi crime... A good holiday read.'  Click here to read the full review.

 

Nicola Crisp - 'This book throws you in at the deep end; with bloody hands in the opening sentence, rapidly followed by a funeral. You will be pulled in straight away, wanting to know more.'  Click here to read the full review.

Angela Hunt - 'It is an absorbing story, with true to life characters.  The story line is strong, and they take the reader along with them.  I HIGHLY recommend this book.  It’s an absolute cracker.'  Click here to read the full review.

Chris Nolan - 'The Lost Boy is a delight from start to finish, in the course of which Ms Lackberg weaves together a seemingly disparate series of plot lines with her customary skill.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Maggie Crane - 'This book is well written, flowing from one scene to the next, carrying the reader along until the final chapter culminates in a truly brilliant ending.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Phylippa Smithson - 'A compelling and absorbing story from yet another very competent writer from the Nordics region; The Lost Boy encapsulates a number of modern day themes whilst unraveling a murder in a small community.'  Click here to read the full review.

Suzanne Marsh - 'I am a fan of Camilla Lackberg books. Having previously read The Drowning, which I enjoyed very much, I found The Lost Boy to be the very best novel by Camilla to date.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Carol Peace - 'Will a family secret lead to the murderer? I would recommend The Lost Boy, but be aware that this is one book that does need quite a bit of thoughtfulness.  It is worth the read.'  Click here to read the full review.

 

Caroline Mathews - 'Not for me, I'm afraid - very hard to have any idea what's going on unless you've read her previous novels.'  Click here to read the full review.



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Praise for Camilla Lackberg:

 

'The hottest female writer in Sweden
Independent

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

'Pacy ... with flashing insight into the dark places of the psyche'
Sunday Times

'Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror'
Guardian

'Both chilling and thrilling'
Sun

The Lost Boy Press Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The lost Boy. You can read their reviews below.

 

Jillian McFrederick - 'It’s not just a Scandinavian psychological thriller but the continuing story of a community and a lifestyle with a  few crimes ancient and modern thrown in...Highly recommended to all those who love Wallander and all things Scandinavian!   Click here to read the full review.

Barbara Goldie - 'Hooked from the first page “it was only when she placed her hands on the steering wheel that she saw they were bloody”. This is such a strong opening sentence that really pulls you in.'   Click here to read the full review. 

Reba Khatun - 'The Lost Boy left me with shivers down my spine...I felt incredible sadness and it's an understatement to say this book will be one I will remember for a very long, long time.'  Click here to read the full review.

Kathy Howell - 'I enjoy reading detective novels...The story is well told and has ghosts as well to add to the atmosphere.  I will certainly be looking for more by this author.'  Click here to read the full review.

Ray Orgill - 'Here Camilla Lackberg demonstrates her skills with an investigation set in Sweden and which keeps the reader wondering through to the last chapter.'   Click here to read the full review.

Magda North  - 'Camilla Lackberg is surely the yummy mummy of Scandi crime... A good holiday read.'  Click here to read the full review.

 

Nicola Crisp - 'This book throws you in at the deep end; with bloody hands in the opening sentence, rapidly followed by a funeral. You will be pulled in straight away, wanting to know more.'  Click here to read the full review.

Angela Hunt - 'It is an absorbing story, with true to life characters.  The story line is strong, and they take the reader along with them.  I HIGHLY recommend this book.  It’s an absolute cracker.'  Click here to read the full review.

Chris Nolan - 'The Lost Boy is a delight from start to finish, in the course of which Ms Lackberg weaves together a seemingly disparate series of plot lines with her customary skill.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Maggie Crane - 'This book is well written, flowing from one scene to the next, carrying the reader along until the final chapter culminates in a truly brilliant ending.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Phylippa Smithson - 'A compelling and absorbing story from yet another very competent writer from the Nordics region; The Lost Boy encapsulates a number of modern day themes whilst unraveling a murder in a small community.'  Click here to read the full review.

Suzanne Marsh - 'I am a fan of Camilla Lackberg books. Having previously read The Drowning, which I enjoyed very much, I found The Lost Boy to be the very best novel by Camilla to date.' Click here to read the full review.

 

Carol Peace - 'Will a family secret lead to the murderer? I would recommend The Lost Boy, but be aware that this is one book that does need quite a bit of thoughtfulness.  It is worth the read.'  Click here to read the full review.

 

Caroline Mathews - 'Not for me, I'm afraid - very hard to have any idea what's going on unless you've read her previous novels.'  Click here to read the full review.



 __________________________________

 

 

Praise for Camilla Lackberg:

 

'The hottest female writer in Sweden
Independent

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

'Pacy ... with flashing insight into the dark places of the psyche'
Sunday Times

'Lackberg is an expert at mixing scenes of domestic cosiness with blood-curdling horror'
Guardian

'Both chilling and thrilling'
Sun

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007419579
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007473212
Publication date: 14/03/2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007419579
Publication date: 1st August 2013
Author: Camilla Lackberg
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

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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