Rating: 4.5 / 5
A lobster catcher is checking his pots on morning when he discovers the body of a young girl caught up in his net. Initially, it appears that Sara, the elder child of Niclas and Charlotte has drowned, but upon further inspection, it is discovered that freshwater was found in her lungs, not saltwater. Detective Patrik Hedstrom is tasked with finding out who killed Sara and why.
The Stonecutter is a present day murder with flashbacks beginning in the 1920s at the start of each chapter. Both storylines are interesting, and I couldn’t wait to see how they collided. The Stonecutter is not a straight forward murder mystery. Actually, I found that the focus was less on why Sara was killed, but in telling the story of multiple generations in Fjallbacka. Although Hedstrom is the main character, other characters were also well developed. I loved reading about the dynamic between Hedstrom and his girlfriend Erica, the feuding between Lilian and Kaj, and the secrets among and between Niclas and Charlotte. At the onset, it might seem like there are too many subplots and characters to keep up with, but Lackberg does a great job of sorting everyone out, and tying everything together. Lackberg delves into the various relationships, which makes The Stonecutter more interesting than the typical whodunit mystery.
Although this is a series and The Stonecutter is not the first, it works well as a standalone book. I actually had no clue that it was a series, and there are two Hedstrom books before this one. At almost 500 pages, this should have taken me at a minimum a couple of days to read. But it was so fascinating and intriguing I finished it in less than two. I’m thrilled that there are more books in this series and definitely cannot wait to get my hands on them.