THE GILDED CAGE By Camilla Lackberg


All that glitters…

People would kill to have Faye Adelheim’s life. She lives in an ultra swanky apartment in the most exclusive area of Stockholm, she has a gorgeous husband who gives her everything she’s ever wanted, and she has an adorable daughter who lights up her world. Faye’s life is perfect.

So how is it, then, that she now finds herself in a police station?

The truth is that Faye’s life is far from what it seems. The truth is that Faye isn’t even her real name. And now she’s been caught out. There’s no way she’s going down without a fight. The only question is – who will escape with their life?


I have read previous books by Camilla Lackberg in the Patrick Hedstrom series, so was looking forward to reading this a stand alone novel.

The story tells of love, betrayal, friendship and revenge!!! I wanted to feel for Kaye but I just couldn’t, at first I thought she was going to be wise and use her brains, but she just didn’t, she was cruel, immoral, and plenty more, it was bad enough her husband being a selfish, perverted, moronic, pig. Despite him on the road to becoming one of Sweden’s sexiest, most successful businessmen.

The characters in this book have no redeeming qualities whatsoever, except possibly for Chris. For me I find characters that I can root for to be a key thing when I’m reading so reading how horrible these characters are really didn’t help me to read the book. Faye or previously Matilda, had had an awful upbringing, which was one of the reasons she had changed her name to Faye as a fresh start, she is an intelligent woman. But she marries Jack who is from an aristocratic family, Faye falls in love with him from when she first meets him. He becomes a misogynistic person, a real heal, no matter what Faye does to try and get the marriage back on track he isn’t interested. But then she is no innocent either. I found some of the scenes in this book difficult to read, as well as some scenes making me cringe.

The beginning of the story starts near the end, where Faye is informed her daughter Julienne is dead, most probably by Jack. It then goes back in time to when Faye was younger, before she became Faye and her meeting Jack. She gives up her place as an economics student of which she is very talented in order to support Jack. To make his business a success, which it becomes, and money is no object. The life she wanted is now hers. But she is in a gilded cage, she may as well be living in a prison cell. The story is told in the immediate past and flashbacks to the more distant past.

Just as you think things cannot get any worse, they do. But this is a story about Revenge, I just wish that there could have been a better way of seeing Faye, but I just couldn’t have any empathy for her at all, maybe others will like her. Obviously this is just my opinion. But if you are going to write a story that is with the #MeToo shouldn’t the character at least have some redeeming features? Yes she is a victim, but she also made some choices which really weren’t necessary.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out if ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #HarperCollins for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest fair and unbiased review.

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