Book Review – The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg
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This book review is for The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg.
We decided to spend a day doing whatever T wanted to do. You can imagine my excitement 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.
Once we arrived we browsed the tables which tempted their way down the center aisle. I probably picked up thirty or forty books and devoured each back cover with great hope. 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. 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 an accurate history of Europe’s suffering under Hitler’s reign. I am recommending!
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Arriving in Fjallbacka, a remote fishing village with fewer than 1,000 permanent residents, the first thing you spot is the graveyard. Just follow the steady trickle of motor homes off the main road and down toward the seafront, and you’ll see an ocean of gray headstones pointing up into the briny air.
FUN FACT: In this book, Patrik fixes something called Spaghetti Bolognese and I found a recipe. This is going to happen in our kitchen!
Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 ounces bacon or pancetta, diced 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions 3/4 cup diced carrots 3/4 cup diced celery 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon