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Book Review – The Hidden Child

Book Review – The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg

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This book review is for The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg.

Recently, we decided to spend a day doing whatever T wanted to do. I confess I was a little concerned at first wondering what I had gotten myself into. So, you can imagine my excitement and relief when he suggested that after a trip to Keva Juice we head over to the bookstore. Barnes and Noble is one of my favorite places on earth. I adore a good story and I am so happy to know that my son has inherited this love of reading.

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Once we arrived we browsed the tables which stacked to overflowing and tempting us one after the next down the center aisle. I probably picked up thirty or forty books and devoured each back cover with great hope. Only to return each one to its stack.

I wanted a fantastic book. A story that contained characters who were at once endearing and surprising. I wanted a story that took me to the other side of the world and taught me something new. I needed a book that kept me guessing until the last page. The struggle was real. What would I choose?

We were leaving the next day for our trip to Outer Banks so I also wanted a big book. A book that would absorb me while we drove the eight hours to our coastal destination and would also last past the arrival. I needed a thick book so that as I sat on the deck drinking my morning coffee and listening to the rhythmic sounds of the ocean below me I could crack it open and be whisked away until the guys woke up.

I found myself at last in the Mystery Section and with only a few minutes left I settled on The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg. 526 pages of historical fiction were mine.

Meet The Main Characters In The Hidden Child

This book seamlessly moved me through the main characters. Erica Faulk, the new Mom with a novel ready to be put to paper and the holder of the bloody dress and mysterious Nazi medal which lay at the heart of this mystery.

And then there was her husband, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who is supposed to be on paternity leave but can’t quite seem to stay away from the office.

These and several other colorful characters from the past to the present tell a story of friendship during a war, of life in the small coastal town of Fjallbacka, Sweden, and of pain, loss, love, and murder.


After I had finished The Hidden Child I was thoroughly satisfied. This book delivers. From her mother’s secret diaries to her neighbors’ deadly secrets you follow Erika and her friends and neighbors as a great mystery is finally solved.

The story is loaded with suspense but also includes love, humor, and accurate history of Europe’s suffering under Hitler’s reign. I am recommending it!

More Books From Camilla Lackberg

From The Jacket of The Hidden Child

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 inquiries 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 Hedström, 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. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be…

Meet The Author of The Hidden Child – Camilla Lackberg

Camilla Läckberg is an economist who changed careers and became Europe’s Queen of Crime. She has now written her tenth book in the Fjällbacka series and released six children’s books about Super-Charlie.

FUN FACT: In this book, Patrik fixes something called Spaghetti Bolognese and I found this recipe from Jo Cooks and we can’t wait to try it. This is going to happen in our kitchen!

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