Buried Angels (Camilla Läckberg)

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Buried Angels
Camilla Läckberg
Harper Collins

Easter, 1974. A family vanishes without a trace from the island of Valö outside of Fjällbacka. The dinner table has been exquisitely set, but everyone except the one year-old daughter Ebba is gone. Are they victims of a crime or have they voluntarily disappeared? Years later Ebba returns to the island and the old summer camp where her father ruled a boarding school with an iron hand. She and her husband Tobias have recently lost their three year-old son, and in an attempt to overcome their grief they have decided to renovate the house and open a B&B. Erica Falck’s interest is piqued – she has researched the tragic and mysterious history of the family, and looks forward to meeting Ebba. But the couple have barely settled in before they are subjected to an attempt of arson. And when they begin to remove the floor boards in the dining room, they find dried blood underneath…

This was probably one of my favorite books by Camilla. It’s not as good as The Hidden Child, but still. I think I liked it so much because I couldn’t guess anything. Almost everything that happened was unexpected and that was a nice surprise.

The mystery was really interesting and I really liked how it progressed: the disappearance of an entire family was intriguing from the very beginning. What happened to them? Are they still alive? Why was the younger kid left alone in the boarding school?

Anna’s (Erica’s sister) storyline was pretty great this time (although she continues to be the most depressing character ever) but Gosta was without doubt my favorite part of the book. I love how Camilla manages to give every major character a storyline in each one of the novels. You can’t help but love them all.

Flashbacks were good, but not my favorite, I think because of Dagmar, whom I found quite annoying: she was crazy, but in a fascinating way. Still, the structure was compelling and I loved to see how every scene added details to the main story.

If you haven’t read any Camilla books, I recommend that you start from the first one (this is the 8th) and that you keep in mind that she has great books and others that aren’t as good. But it’s impossible not to become addicted to the series and to wish you lived in Fjällbacka with all of them.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Annie

In a past life I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves to listen to old songs and watch American movies from the nineties. I enjoy reading mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

11 thoughts on “Buried Angels (Camilla Läckberg)

  1. This sounds great! I’ve read a couple of the series, out of order unfortunately, but not this one or The Hidden Child. I do love Fjällbacka, though – you’re right about that – and Patrik and Erika. The plan is for me to read the rest in order so it might be a while before I get to this one. Thanks for the tip about the series being variable – I’ll bear that in mind. 🙂

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  2. Wow, this sounds just great! I did not know the author, nor the series, but your review made me want to make up for it by getting the first book now!

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  3. First time that I am hearing about Camila and this series but this does seem pretty good. I wish I could start with this one since that synopsis is brilliantly intriguing but will try find the other books in the series.Always great when you can’t guess the ending of a book. Great review.

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    1. Hahaha well, you can start… but you would be a bit confused with all the characters 😛 Thanks for commenting!

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