Sara Blaedel, author of the #1 international bestseller The Forgotten Girls--which was roundly praised as "gripping" with "uncompromising realism" (Washington Post) and "tautly suspenseful" (BookPage)--returns with the thrilling next book in her series featuring police investigator Louise Rick.
THE KILLING FOREST
Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She's assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend's long-ago death . . .
Louise's investigation takes her on a journey back through time. She reconnects with figures from her past, including Kim, the principal investigator at the Holbaek Police Department, her former in-laws, fanatic ancient religion believers, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she moves through the small town's cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken and dangerous secrets.
REVIEW: Another creepy delight by the master of her craft, Blaedel. This book is another one that will keep you up late, looking over your shoulder and talking about long after you finish. There is something hard to describe about Blaedel's writing that I love. I am not sure if it is way she manages you capture my interest and keep me a bit uncomfortable at the same time or the way that she writes the characters and creates situations that become so real to me, but whatever it is I LOVE it and cannot wait to read more!!! 5 stars
Sara Blaedel--Denmark's "Queen of Crime"--brings her #1 bestseller THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS to North America.
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS
Four days later, Louise Rick still had no answers.
The body of an unidentified woman was discovered in a local forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should have made the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. As the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, Louise risks involving the media by releasing a photo of the victim, hoping to find someone who knew her.
Louise's gamble pays off: an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.
Aided by her friend journalist Camilla Lind, Louise finds that the investigation takes a surprising and unsettling turn when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.
MY REVIEW: So this book was creepy, twisty and turny and hard to put down! I love a good thriller and THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS had all elements that make for a great read...a great mystery, compelling characters that have mysteries of their own, a story that is perfectly plotted and unpredictable and just enough creepy to keep me uneasy the whole time! What a GREAT book and one I recommend highly to lovers of great thriller/mystery mixes!!! 4.5 stars
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Q. What inspires your writing?
A. The perfect idea can pop up anywhere and at any time – when I am reading through a magazine, walking my dog; even while washing my hair in the shower. The premise for THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS came from a series of theme articles in a Danish newspaper about mental institutions in Denmark 30-40 years ago. There were deeply disturbing interviews with former patients and social workers, as well as distressing details about how these facilities were run. I was shocked and haunted by what I read. I became consumed and wanted to know more.
It was not that long ago when we handled odd or quirky people in our society indecently, and, in fact, there are still those whose lives are marked by the horrible conditions and degradation with which we once treated the mentally challenged and their families. As for the setting of THE KILLING FOREST, I have always been fascinated by the countryside (where I grew up). I’m riveted by the cramped networks of eerie connections which can be found there, and all the lurking mysteries and secrets. I wanted to tell a story of (misunderstood) deep loyalty and how dangerous that can be.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. Being alone with my stories and characters.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. Paradoxically, being alone with my stories and characters.
Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. If I were not a full-time writer, I would probably have continued to work as a TV journalist. Perhaps, I might have followed my old dream and become a horse trainer. I have been a dressage rider and competing in riding competitions for many years, and have owned horses since the age of ten. I miss riding and caring for them.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Back in the saddle.
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. A cookbook with the most exquisite delicacies.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. I was once forced to spend an entire book tour abroad without my clothing and personal affects after the airline sent my suitcase to the wrong cities, one after the other. It (my suitcase) wound up on its own tour. That was a long time ago and NOT so much fun. But now I can laugh it off. It is incredible how one can adjust and make do (ahem) with not having a whole bunch of choices about what to wear.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. YES, and I am very, very excited about it.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. Keep reading - it opens the mind and heart. But you already know that, don’t you? Here you are, reading about books.