1.24.2017

BOOKWORM: THE ICE BENEATH HER


Okay 2017 is making itself out to be an awesome year for psychological thrillers.  I just devoured another amazingly creepy and mind boggling Swedish thriller - The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe.

When you come across a book summary that starts with a beheaded body being found, how could you not be curious? Okay, maybe I'm slightly weird for being into murder mysteries but I know I'm not the only one out there!  (Shout out to all my Nancy Drew OGs.)

Grebe's story follows three characters as they maneuver their way around the finding of a murdered women's body in celebrity Jesper Orre's home.  Peter is a cop with what seems like no motivation or will to live a happy life.  He has no relationship with his son or anyone else it seems.  Hanne is a criminal profiler with, in my opinion, one of the most creative and brilliant minds.  She has been trapped in a controlling marriage for her whole life and is slowly dealing with a mental disease.  As much as she may be losing her memory, I thought this gave her a whole new way of looking at crimes and human behavior.  Lastly, we have Emma.  Jesper Orre fell in love with girl-next-door Emma and swept her off her feet.  When Jesper goes MIA, Emma is on the hunt to find him and figure out why he changed his mind with no explanation.  These three soon find their stories entwined and together snap the last puzzle piece into place.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I had absolutely NO clue how this story was going to unfold.  I had my suspicions here and there, but the way the crime fell together was beyond my theories.  This story was truly a mystery to me and why I am in love with it.  Being shocked and thrown for a loop at the last minute is exactly what I am looking for in a thriller.  It was a little gruesome, what with the beheading and all, but I am convinced this story could (and unfortunately probably does) happen in real life. 


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.
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