Free Press Publishing (first published in 2005)
This is yet another novel being compared to Stieg Larsson (and even Jo Nesbo). This time, though, the words 'richly textured and downright breathtaking' are well justified. Even more so thorough in mystery and thrilling research, this story develops after a suspicious drowning of a little girl. Both Patrick and Erica reveal implications of the murder that threatens the secret so dormant in the fishing village of Fjallbacka.
As far as Scandanavian / Swedish literature goes, Camilla might just be my second favorite writer after Stieg Larsson.
If there is one real reason to read this book, it's to see how Camilla unfolds the theme of dysfunctinal families in producing criminals. How keeping deep rooted secrets over generations will make people do anything, and forgive, forget, and brush under the rug any kind of act like it means nothing. Camilla, though, reveals all kinds of subtleties in those actions.
She has a talent for focusing on the murder, the motive, and most of all - the victim. It's not about the technicality of the murder mystery, or even the murder itself. It's about why the murder happens, and what happens around that murder that is most intriguing. It's why Camilla, I think is a favorite of many.
Who the killer is is almost a back-drop to the novel. It's about delving into the minds of the characters, seeing what's happening in the their heads. What the consequences of those thoughts are. How their actions influence a whole community at its core!
And trust me, you don't need to have read the first and second in the series to read this one... I highly recommend it to feel mystery lovers or anyone who loves Scandinavian literature in general.