cover image The Golden Cage

The Golden Cage

Camilla Läckberg, trans. from the Swedish by Neil Smith. Knopf, $26.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-525-65797-2

Läckberg (The Lost Boy) outdoes herself with this delectable tale of revenge. At 34, devoted wife and mother Faye thinks her wretched past is behind her. Now she has it all—a lavish Stockholm lifestyle, glorified social status, and a sexy entrepreneurial husband—until she catches Jack and his business partner, Ylva, romping on Faye’s bed. Left humiliated, belittled, and financially destitute in the wake of the subsequent divorce, Faye, who realizes women too often turn their rage on themselves, plots an exquisite comeuppance for Jack, whom she supported when the two were in business school together by giving up her own studies and becoming a waitress. Chapters devoted to Faye’s married life alternate with scorching flashbacks to her traumatic childhood. The poignant insights into women’s capacity for self-sacrifice, multidimensional characterizations, and celebration of female ingenuity will resonate with many. Läckberg reinforces her position as the thriller queen of Scandinavia. 100,000 announced first printing. Agents: Joakim Hansson and Anna Frankl, Nordin Literary (Sweden). (July)