The Ice Princess

A Novel

The Ice Princess

Translated by: Steven T. Murray
“A top-notch thriller, one of the best of the genre” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) from international crime-writing sensation Camilla Läckberg tells the story of brutal murders in a small Swedish fishing village, and the shattering, decades-old secrets that precipitated them.

In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of Fjällbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body—suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik Hedström, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik’s curiosity gives way to obsession—and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it’s not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone out there who will do anything—even commit murder—to protect it.

Fans of Scandinavian greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour Camilla Läckberg’s penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest.
  • Free Press | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451621747 | 
  • March 2011
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Ice Princess includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


When the remote, beautiful Alex Wijkner is found dead of an apparent suicide in the sleepy fishing village of Fjällbacka, Sweden her childhood friend Erica Falck is shaken to the core. Erica and Alex haven’t spoken in years, but now Erica, back in her hometown after the deaths of her parents, finds herself haunted by their shared past, their lost friendship, and the suspicion that something isn’t quite right about Alex’s death.

Joining forces with local detective Patrik Hedström, Erica delves into the mystery of Alex’s death, peeling away layers of secrets to reveal the shocking, deeply disturbing past that reaches into the dark heart of Fjällbacka and threatens to tear aside its idyllic façade.


  1. Erica’s initial involvement in the mystery of Alex’s death is purely coincidental, but as time goes on she becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth about her childhood friend’s past. What do you think motivates Erica to purs
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About the Author

Camilla Läckberg
Photograph by Thron Ullberg

Camilla Läckberg

Camilla Läckberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. She is now one of the most profitable native authors in Swedish history. Her novels have sold worldwide in thirty-five countries. She lives with her husband and children in a quaint suburb of Stockholm.