Gripping from start to finish

The Drowning, by Camilla Lackberg (HarperCollins, RRP $35):

In the latest Camilla Lackberg novel to feature detective Patrik Hedstrom, author Christian Thydell is the recipient of threats after he begins writing a novel.

One message, hidden inside a bunch of flowers, proves too much and leads to him collapsing at the launch party for his book.

While Hedstrom’s wife, Erica Falck, investigates what is going on with Thydell, her husband is more interested in the disappearance of Thydell’s friends four months earlier.

Eventually a body is found and it becomes a murder investigation and it also becomes obvious that Thydell and his friends are being targeted.

Clues buried within Thydell’s novel, The Mermaid, hint at a dark secret from the past and it appears that someone will do anything to keep that secret buried.

This is a book that grabs you from the very first page and keeps a firm grip to the final word.

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