The Stonecutter

The Stonecutter

Large Print - 2012
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When a young girl's body is pulled out of the harbor in the small Swedish resort town of Fjallbacka, Det. Patrik Hedstrm̲ becomes the lead investigator as he struggles with lazy and inept colleagues and an even remoter-than-usual boss. It's his grim task to discover who could be behind the murder of the child both he and his partner Erica knew well.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
Description: 677 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781410451088
1410451089
Branch Call Number: LP Lack

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lcb63
Mar 01, 2017

Way too much of omniscient narrator' and characters' thoughts vs. speaking or otherwise acting. I didn't find "good guys' " relationships very convincing but resolution of the mysteries was very creative.

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Liselara
Oct 01, 2015

This mystery novel is quite captivating and it has prompted me to read more of Ms. Lackberg. The story moves along very nicely and is beautifully translated. What startled me the most was the brutal portrayal of post-partum depression and the dire consequences that mothers suffer. The other item I remarked upon is the wide social and cultural differences between women in Canada (or North America) v. Sweden (nobody speaks up!) Enjoy this deeply talented writer.

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Karen83pip
Sep 20, 2015

Terrific young Swedish author. Well plotted, many sympathetic characters. Enjoyed+++

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chancey
Jun 18, 2015

Worth reading although I wouldn't compare it to "the girl that" books a the jacket blurb does. Not as compelling. Insightful presentation of women and men in ugly power play within ordinary domestic struggles. More than one sociopath at play. I didn't get the murderer until close to the end.

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gloryb
Oct 24, 2014

I was glad I had the time to read this novel in a day or so. There are many characters whose names and associations would have been hard to remember if I had read this book sporadically over the 3 week library loan period. The storylines of these characters are all intertwined and at the very end the major association - the cause for the child's murder - is revealed. It is a long book, but then the author has the gift of description using a couple of sentences when a phrase or even just a word or two would have been welcome. I thought the writing was on the verge of melodrama, but she certainly can describe the frustrations of a new mother caring for an infant. This novel was the third in her thriller series, but, for me, it was the first of her novels that I had read so I don't think the novels need to be read in number order. This story would appeal more to a female reader than a male reader, IMO. The author certainly met the challenge of combining several plot lines in alternate chapters.

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twiddowson
Aug 08, 2013

A great read. Didn't see the connection at the end until I was almost there which is always exciting. It had some interesting sidesteps to the main story which helped to keep the mystery alive.

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campingmomma
May 09, 2013

I thought this book was the best out of the three I've read in this series so far. Maybe b/c I'm just used to her style of writing now and know that since there are always 3+ stories going on at once I really need to keep track of the characters. There was a point halfway through this book where I actually had to write some of the names out to remember what part they were playing in the storyline. Patrik is again the protagonist in this book and while Erica plays more of a role in this book than in the second it is mostly at home suffering and whining about adjusting to motherhood. I would really rather she played a roll in the investigation as in the first book. The story is basically about a little girl found drowned who has case has been classified as a murder. Lots of drama going on in Patrik's precinct this book. And it ends with a bang. Not a total shock if you have read the series, but a surprise none the less.

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campingmomma
Feb 08, 2013

I thought this book was the best out of the three I've read in this series so far. Maybe b/c I'm just used to her style of writing now and know that since there are always 3+ stories going on at once I really need to keep track of the characters. There was a point halfway through this book where I actually had to write some of the names out to remember what part they were playing in the storyline. Patrik is again the protagonist in this book and while Erica plays more of a role in this book than in the second it is mostly at home suffering and whining about adjusting to motherhood. I would really rather she played a roll in the investigation as in the first book. The story is basically about a little girl found drowned who has case has been classified as a murder. Lots of drama going on in Patrik's precinct this book. And it ends with a bang. Not a total shock if you have read the series, but a surprise none the less.

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Beverleigh
Jan 10, 2013

This book held my interest all the way through; the characters are interesting and unusual.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 12, 2012

I have tried repeatedly to listen to her books to no avail. Guess I'll try finding large print to read. I found the writing hard to understand, was disjointed & kind of boring. Surely it's better in print? So many good writers from the Scandanavian countries.

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Beverleigh
Jan 10, 2013

Beverleigh thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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