The Chills it brings… | The Ice Beneath Her | A Review

Another late night review guys, hope you’re all okay and not crying too much at the One Love concert for Manchester – it’s just beautiful. An amazing thing like that put together after the pain the UK and especially Manchester and London have had these past few days.

Anyway, let’s disappear into a book for a little while, shall we?


Acclaimed Swedish author Camilla Grebe makes her solo American debut with a psychological thriller as cunning in its twists as it is captivating in its storytelling—for fans of the celebrated crime fiction of Camilla Läckberg, Jo Nesbø, Ruth Ware, and Fiona Barton.

Winter’s chill has descended on Stockholm as police arrive at the scene of a shocking murder. An unidentified woman lies beheaded in a posh suburban home—a brutal crime made all the more disturbing by its uncanny resemblance to an unsolved killing ten years earlier. But this time there’s a suspect: the charismatic and controversial chain-store CEO Jesper Orre, who owns the home but is nowhere to be found.

To homicide detectives Peter Lindgren and Manfred Olsson, nothing about the suave, high-profile businessman—including a playboy reputation and rumors of financial misdeeds—suggests he conceals the dark heart and twisted mind of a cold-blooded killer. In search of a motive, Lindgren and Olsson turn to the brilliant criminal profiler Hanne Lagerlind-Schön. Once a valued police asset, now marooned in unhappy retirement and a crumbling marriage, she’s eager to exercise her keen skills again—and offer the detectives a window into the secret soul of Jesper Orre.

But they’re not the only ones searching. Two months before, Emma Bohman, a young clerk at Orre’s company, chanced to meet the charming chief executive, and romance swiftly bloomed. Almost as quickly as the passionate affair ignited, it was over when Orre inexplicably disappeared. One staggering misfortune after another followed, leaving Emma certain that her runaway lover was to blame and transforming her confusion and heartbreak into anger.

Now, pursuing the same mysterious man for different reasons, Emma and the police are destined to cross paths in a chilling dance of obsession, vengeance, madness, and love gone hellishly wrong.

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book from the team at Bonnier Zaffre and although the cover wasn’t my favourite (I just have something against people being on covers – sorry!), the overall look of the book was pretty awesome – I loved the butterfly!

I have to admit, the first few chapters I struggled to get into, maybe it was because the book was described in a cold country and I just wasn’t feeling it? I don’t know.

I did make myself keep reading and found myself get more and more into the book, which is great!

It was a wonderful read of cat and mouse, and you really don’t realize what’s happening right up to the end, it’s such a surprise! It keeps you guessing, adding pieces of the puzzle, bit by bit.

Recommend this to lovers of crime and mystery and those that love a good read that will keep you guessing, right up to the end.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it, and, if you haven’t, the will you be adding this to your TBR?


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