Swedish title: Tyskungen
Publication date: 2007
English publication: 2011
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 . .
The Hidden Child is the fifth book from The Fjallbacka Series. The book starts from where the previous one has ended. Erika finds in the attic a medal which seems to be from World Wide II. Driven by her curiosity, she begins a research about it.
This book provides us more details about each character’s life. We learn about Melberg who adopts a stray dog, and which will lead him to meet his new lover, which happens to be Paula Morales’s mother. Who’s Paula Morales? The new detective from the police station, which will bring a new light to the book because she has a relationship with another woman who’s pregnant with their first child.
Patrick Hedstrom takes his maternal leave so Erika can focus on writing a new book.
So, as I said, Erika finds this medal and wants to learn everything about it, especially why it is between her mother, Elsy’s things. Elsy had a strange relationship with her daughters. She was distant with them all the time, refusing to provide them the love and attention that they need.
The first thing Erika could do was to talk with Erik Frankel, an old professor who knows everything about anything. Two days later after Erika meets him, Erik is found dead in his house.
Reading her mother’s journals, Erika learns that Elsy was a good friend with Erik and his brother Axel, Britta and Frans. She decides to talk with all of them, but when she visits Britta she learns that she has Alzheimer’s disease. I can’t explain why, but I’ve always been curious about this disease.
The book switch between past and present, providing us a lot of information about Elsy’s life. I enjoyed how this happens and how in the end, everything starts to make sense.
I enjoyed the fact that Patrick can’t just stay away from the police station and pops there every day just ‘to say hi’, and that Erika can’t control her curiosity and acts like she is a detective too.
The book is well written, easy to read, and Camilla made it interesting enough so that I read it in just two days. Even though the crime is really simple, the secrets that it is supposed to hide are worth reading the book. I’m thankful that Camilla chose this subject for this book because this was the point that I started knowing better each character.
I recommend this book to everyone who wants to spend some quality time with a Swedish book.
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