Why has Erica Falck’s mother kept an old Nazi medal? The question won’t stop bothering her daughter, and in the end she decides to visit a retired history teacher in order to learn more. But the man acts strangely and is unable to give her any straight answers. Two days later, he’s dead. After much hesitation Erica begins to read her mother’s wartime diary and discovers that she went through some truly horrible experiences; dramatic and sad events that will help explain why she was never able to bond with her daughters. It is also revealed that her mother was associated with the same group of youths as the murdered man during the Second World War. Is it possible that Erica’s visit set a chain of events into motion that finally lead to his death? And who would be prepared to go to such lengths only to prevent old truths from coming out?
Before THE GERMAN CHILD was published in April of 2007 a huge marketing campaign with an appropriate fifties theme had been set in motion. The author was fetchingly clad in a fifties style dress and looked the spitting image of a Swedish housewife. Postcards and decorative plates in the same fifties style were also made especially for the occasion. This book-themed campaign was extremely well received by Swedish readers and the novel shot straight to the top of the bestseller charts in June of 2007. If you want to learn more about the book, please visit Camilla’s Swedish publishing house Forum: www.forum.se
Best in class.
There are many people here to be concerned about, whose relationships soon become as fascinating as the crime case.
… an unusually good story with sophisticated flashbacks to the dramatic lives of a group of friends during the war.
Camilla Läckberg’s fifth Fjällbacka mystery has a little something for everyone, and the resolution is quite elegant.
Läckberg defends her place on the throne.
You might as well come right out and say it. Camilla Läckberg’s new novel Tyskungen (The German Child) is her best book so far… thoughtful and well told, credible and strongly fascinating. It is mystery writing at its best.
You are captured right from the very first pages, then you forget time and space and are only there in Fjällbacka.
Läckberg’s speciality is to explain the evil of the present and the mistakes of the past. That’s what happens here and it works perfectly…
In her new novel, Camilla Läckberg combines family life and criminal investigation, present and history, in the effective way that has made her one of Sweden’s best-selling authors. Her storytelling technique holds your interest, she balances serious parts on new and old Nazism with situation comedy involving Chief of Police, Mellberg, and, alongside the murder investigation, descriptions of the relationships and daily concerns of all those involved.
She has done her history homework and she knows her trade, Camilla Läckberg. The 400 pages contain an exciting story. To put it simply, you want to know what happens, and you want to know right now!
Both realism and thought provoking scenes are found here. There are descriptions of childbirth making you imagine that you are right there and discussions of politics, feminism and morals so natural that you hardly notice that it is the author speaking. Läckberg’s people live and develop like proper figures in a novel. It will be interesting to see little Maja grow up in future stories. And those who have not yet discovered Camilla Läckberg have five good books to look forward to.
Camilla Läckberg is a modern storyteller who is well aware that everyone loves a happy ending!
Camilla Läckberg has done her homework and has created a credible picture of life in Fjällbacka in the 1940s, complete with suspense and quiet drama.
When I open a book by Camilla Läckberg I know I’ll have a few hours of excitement and enjoyable everyday reality, and Tyskungen (The German Child) is no exception.
JOHANNA BERGSTRÖM, VÄRMLANDS FOLKBLAD
She also has a talent for storytelling, the ability to move a story along. It’s simply hard to stop reading, you really want to know what’s going on.