#6 The Drowning, Camilla Lackberg

Swedish title: Sjöjungfrun ( originally translation:  The mermaid)

Originally published: 2008

English translation: 2008

Pages: 480

Product details:

Christian Thydell’s dream has come true: his debut novel, The Mermaid, is published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?

When crime writer Erica Falck, who discovered Christian’s talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the author’s mysterious past…

Meanwhile, one of Christian’s closest friends is missing. Erica’s husband, Detective Patrik Hedström, has his worst suspicions confirmed as the mind-games aimed at Christian and those around him become a disturbing reality.

But, with the victims themselves concealing evidence, the investigation is going nowhere. Is their silence driven by fear or guilt? And what is the secret they would rather die to protect than live to see revealed.


By the time I got my own copy of this book, I already was a huge fan of Camilla’s work. As always she had a good story to tell. The protagonists are always Erika and her husband, Patrick who now deals with some health issues as he is always tired and snaps at people out of nowhere. Erika wants to write a new book so she decides to spend a few hours at the local library where she will meet her friend, Christian, who just wrote a book by himself. That’s how she learns that Christian is receiving threatening letters and that he is scared for his life. 

Meanwhile, Patrick and his team have a missing person case which is on hold for three months. The missing person is Magnus, Christian’s friend. 

After Christian’s book is published, Magnus’s dead body is found, followed by attacks on Christian’s two of his friends, Kenneth and Erik. Intrigued by all this, Erika starts to dig in Christian’s life discovering his secrets. Her husband, Patrick thinks that whoever is targeting Christian and his friends, is doing this only out of revenge. 

Who will be the first person to learn the truth? 

Read the book and you will find. I will tell you only this: The outcome will worth the hunt. 

As always the book is very easy to read. The beginning is vast with characters but if you already read the first five books, will be easy for you to understand it. 

I enjoy devouring Camilla’s books and hunting the murderer, the story and finding the truth along with Erika. She takes her time in unrevealing new clues about the mystery that you were launched in. And you thought that you know what really happened? Think twice because you don’t. You still have to look closely for the missing clues. Wonderful right? It’s like a treasure hunting, which I adore to do. 

The characters are very well contoured with their one past, which provides new characteristics to each of them. 

The end is nail biting again. Erika and Anna, who are both pregnant, have a car accident while there are heading to the hospital where Patrick was admitted by the emergency. But don’t worry, the next book in the series, The Lost Boy, is in the libraries, so you can read it right away. 

Don’t waste any more time and start reading this book. It’s worth it!

Rate: 10/10

Read the reviews for the first five books in series:

  1.  The Ice Princess, Camilla Lackberg
  2. The Preacher, Camilla Lackberg
  3. The Stonecutter, Camilla Lackberg
  4. The Gallows Bird/The Stranger, Camilla Lackberg
  5. The Hidden Child, Camilla Lackberg


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