The Hidden Child

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The Hidden Child

I have just finished reading “The Hidden Child” by Camilla Läckberg. It is a story about a crime writer and her policeman husband who are trading child-care responsibilities for their one-year-old daughter for a while. Erika Falck and her husband, Detective Patrick Falck have become involved in a murder, but each for different reasons. Erika has found a Nazi medal among her mother’s possessions, and goes to a noted Nazi scholar to see if he knows anything about this medal. Two days later he is viciously murdered. After a few months, Patrick, who is taking paternity leave from the force, just happens to become involved in solving the murder of this Nazi scholar. He just cannot stay away from his work and Erika and he decide to join forces, so to speak, to try to solve the crime. In some way, Erika’s mother and the slain man have a history that began in war-time Sweden. As the title suggests, there is another aspect of this story that doesn’t present itself until later in the novel.

I had a hard time reading this novel because there were so many characters whose lives were intertwined in the past and in the present. The novel switches back and forth between war time and present time and for me it was hard to keep the characters straight. However, that is my problem, not a problem with the novel itself.

This was a very good book. I highly recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in murder mysteries or anyone interested in war-time Europe during the 1940’s. I may read this novel again because I think I would be more focused on the story instead of the characters the second time around.

Book Blurb for The Hidden Child

The brilliant new psychological thriller from worldwide bestseller Camilla Läckberg—the chilling struggle of a young woman facing the darkest chapter of Europe’s past.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 enquiries 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 . . .

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 3.50