>Camilla Läckberg, Havfruen (2010)

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Bogen er sjette bind af den svenske Erica Falck og Patrik Hedstrøm-serie.

Magnus Kjellner, tilsyneladende en tilfreds og ligevægtig familiefar, forsvinder sporløst. Tre måneder senere debuterer Ericas ven, bibliotekaren Christian Thydell, som romanforfatter. “Havfruen” får en fantastisk modtagelse og Thydell burde være lykkelig, men siden han begyndte at skrive sit fantastiske værk, har han modtaget trusselsbreve, og han er nu nået til et punkt, hvor stress og angst truer hans ægteskab og forholdet til hans små børn.

Som sædvanlig får vi glimt af en anonym hovedpersons fortid; en ensom dreng, som bliver adopteret af en smuk, men lunefuld mor, som kun har øje for ham – i hvert fald indtil hun bliver gravid. Først mod slutningen bliver læseren for alvor klar over, hvem han er, og hvad forbindelsen er til de mange trusselsbreve, som bliver sendt til en lille gruppe mænd i Fjällbacka mange år senere.

Bogen er bestemt en af Läckbergs bedste, selv om plottet har nogle temaer til fælles med Ulykkesfuglen. Og så er der ganske enkelt for mange graviditeter, spædbørn og adopterede børn. Nogle forfattere skriver under devisen: skriv om hvad du ved, men selv for denne mor til tre er der mere end rigeligt med bleer, gravide maver og adoptivbørn i denne biblioteksbog. 

Camilla Läckberg, The Mermaid.
The sixth Swedish Erica & Patrik story has not been translated into English yet.

Magnus Kjellner who is apparently a happy family father disappears without a trace. Three months later Erica´s friend, the librarian Christian Thydell, has his debut as an author. “The Mermaid” gets impressive reviews and Thydell should be happy, but since he began writing his novel, he has received anonymous letters, and he has got to a point where stress and anxiety threaten his marriage and the relationship with his small children.

As usual we get sections from the point of view of an anonymous character´s past: a lonely boy who is adopted by a beautiful, but capricious mother who only cares about him – at least until she realizes she is expecting her own child. The reader is not fully aware who this character is until the ending, or why someone sends so many threatening letters to Fjällbacka thirty years later.

The book is definitely one of Läckberg´s best even though she recycles some motifs from her fourth novel. But though the principle “write about what you know” may be a good idea, there is no need to have as many pregnancies, adopted children and babies as in this library book.
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About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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2 Responses to >Camilla Läckberg, Havfruen (2010)

  1. Your last sentence made me laugh out loud, really.

  2. Karen, Läckberg has many good sides, but sometimes she forgets that some of her readers are past their nappy days😉

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