The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe
Publication Date: December 2016
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹
“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.“
“A monster is a person who lies and deceives. Someone who wrecks and destroys things for their own amusement. Who leaves another person’s life in ruins like a bombed-out city or a burnt-down forest.”
A few weeks ago I was in Tesco, and I was struggling to choose a book, so I asked him to pick one for me. The Ice Beneath Her was his choice, and it is possibly one of the best books I have read all year. So from now on, my boyfriend will be choosing every single one of the books I read.
There is something about this clever and well-crafted book that felt completely different, and I’m not one hundred percent sure I can pinpoint exactly what it is. It is almost as if Camilla Grebe took us by the hand and lead us down a path that seems obvious, but is anything but. It’s obsession at it’s darkest.
It’s a story about love, betrayal and obsession told in such a riveting and alarming way that makes it difficult to put down. Each and every twist and turn had me gripped and I had to read on. Which is why I read it in one sitting.
The Ice Beneath Her is a fast paced novel and the story is told by three very distinct perspectives. I have a hard time even deciding which perspective was my favourite because each character was delivered with such depth and a unique mindset.
I think we all know for any crime novel to be considered great, it has to have an outstanding twist. Don’t worry, this one delivers.. big time!
Overall, I The Ice Beneath Her a very well deserved 5 stars. I have been introduced to a wonderful writer, who I will continue to look out for, and it has also reintroduced me to a sub-genre of crime fiction hailing from the Nordic countries which has its own very distinct flavour and perspective. This was a standout novel and I highly recommend it.
About The Author:
Camilla Grebe is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics. She was a cofounder of Storyside, a Swedish audiobook publisher, where she was both CEO and publisher during the early 2000s. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden. The acclaimed Swedish author makes her solo American debut with her psychological thriller, The Ice Beneath Her.