Twenty years ago in Fjallbacka, two young women disappeared. A local man was questioned, but committed suicide. The case was never closed.
Modern day: a six-year-old boy discovers the body of a young woman. Police find two skeletons with the girl, and all show the same pattern of injuries. Detective Patrik Hedstrom is on the case, and the stakes are raised when another 17-year-old girl disappears. He knows the killer tortures his victims before killing them, so he might be able to find the missing girl while she’s still alive. Meanwhile, Hedstrom’s romantic partner is expecting their first child.
The Preacher balances character development with action and plot. The question of how the ghosts of the past comes back to haunt the present is well-done.
I’ll definitely check out more of Lackberg’s work!
Title: The Preacher
Author: Camila Lackberg
Read: September 2013