Post Script: The Stranger – Camilla Läckberg

A Novel

Camilla Läckberg

Open Road Integrated Media

Pegasus Books 

ISBN: 9780007253999


A string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjällbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before

A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.

My View:

An interesting tale of murder, a police procedural that also comments on so called contemporary observational documentary shows that fill our screens with a stereotypical cast, mix this with insights into the private lives of the people in the small town of Tanum including the participants and the producers of the reality show and you have plot of The Stranger.

This was an interesting peak into the private lives of many of the inhabitants of rural Swedish region of Tanum; the members of the police force, the members of the town council, the lonely single men, the childless couples. It also comments on social issues such as self harm, drug use, child abuse, drunk driving, revenge…this novel tries to  explore all the themes of contemporary life and whilst I did find the  back stories somewhat interesting and was happy with the in depth character development, for me this story lacked tension and drama, maybe because most of the action centred on discovering secrets of the past.

The style was very visual and often cinematic (it could translate well to the small screen, the script is here in front of us) and I think sets up the authors next book in the series very well, this reads mostly as an in depth introduction to characters and the landscape that I am sure we will be seeing more of soon.


3 thoughts on “Post Script: The Stranger – Camilla Läckberg

  1. I think I enjoyed this one a bit more than you did. I liked that Patrick was ‘normal’ – not a drunken maverick! And it always pleases me when a detective is given a proper home life. 🙂

    • Correct – for me it was a little …bland…and Patrick was maybe too much of a”snag” – sensitive new age guy 🙂 if you know what I mean and for me just not really exciting, nor was the plot. And it seemed the author wanted to touch on so many current social issues, there was just not the room to deal with all in one book. But I did enjoy that finally someone has clearly and loudly stated that the scripted/manipulated observational documentaries are rubbish and depicts them for the sensationalist garbage that they are.

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