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review 2017-02-07 15:20
The Forgotten Girls (Louise Rick #4) - Sara Blaedel
The Forgotten Girls - Sara Blædel

Good idea, but poorly executed, in my opinion. The main character, Louise, hardly does any detective work and spends all her time just moping around. Her journalist friend is shown as an hysterical bride who nevertheless does the only interesting detective work. I felt that the rhythm of the book was off, but I'm thinking that's probably an issue caused by the translation, although I can't be sure. I quite liked the other detective, Eik, although his character is not well developed yet. The story in general was interesting so I think I will continue with the series in the future. 

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review 2017-02-07 02:21
The Lost Woman
The Lost Woman - Sara Blaedel

By:  Sara Blaedel 

Louise Rick Series 

ISBN: 9781455541072

Publisher: Grand Central 

Publication Date: 2/7/2017 

Format:  Other  

My Rating: 5 Stars


The queen of Danish crime thrillers, Sara Blaedel returns following The Killing Forest (2016) and The Forgotten Girls (2015) with her latest, THE LOST WOMAN: Louise Ricks finds herself once again caught up in a web, between her personal and career life, in this highly emotional, well-researched and enthralling mystery suspense.

The saga grips you from page one with the chilling scene of a brutal murder of a forty-four-year-old woman in her home, shot outside Nailsea. Her husband drops the wine glass, and a teen daughter was just leaving. The killer is outside the window in the garden. She was killed with a hunting rifle. Motive?

Louise Rick is dating Eik. Six months earlier he moved in with her and Jonas while Louise’s friend Camilla stayed in Eik’s studio apartment with her husband and son. It had all worked out fine. Markus and Jonas had left for boarding school. Everyone was moving on.

In addition, their relationship is causing some complications at work, due to their living arrangement, since they both worked at the same place. Someone is going to need to transfer. They could not continue to being partners if they are living together.

It was awkward since she could not even mention her partner’s name to anyone else in the department without it sounding suggestive. After this discussion, Eik leaves to run down for a pack of smokes and to walk the dog. He does not return.

Flashing back to 1996, we meet Sofie Parker. A mother with MS. A woman who wants to die with dignity. Her father had died years before.

“But life can take you to a place you don’t want to be, and that’s when I want to be allowed to end it . . . . “

Louise discovers Eik is missing, and Charlie, the German shepherd remains behind. Something was very wrong.

Currently, the woman who was murdered in her home in England is none other than Sofie Parker, a Danish citizen who has been missing for years. Louise is on the case.

In the meantime, when Louise thinks about Eik, she does not know much about his past. He had been sailing in the Mediterranean when his girlfriend suddenly disappeared. Without getting into details he had told her they had quarreled and in the end, he had decided to return to Copenhagen. He learned of the tragedy upon his return to South Harbor. No sign of his girlfriend. The others were found drowned. No sign of her or her belongings.

Louise starts thinking about her relationship with Eik. Was she making him happy and had he not gotten over his love of his girlfriend. They had secrets. She knows all too well the consequences of dark secrets.

Soon the investigation links this dead woman to Sophie and Eik. How could this woman be Sophie, and what does Eik have to do with this woman and her murder? How was he linked to her?

What was he doing in southwestern England? He is arrested. Was Sofie the same woman who disappeared years ago? She had married Nigel Parker. She disappeared for some reason. Now the woman was dead.

Louise wants answers. Why was Eik at the crime scene? Erik Nordstrom was employed by the Danish Search Department. There clearly had to be a misunderstanding.

What happened when this woman disappeared from the boat in Italy? How could Eik just take off for England without telling her? She was his boss and he had disappeared in the middle of the work day, much less her live-in lover, as well. Do not mess with Louise.

Did this man know his wife from Scandinavia? He did not know much about his wife’s mysterious past. Louise is not happy with Eik’s behavior. Furious to say the least. She needed to throw him out. How are the cases connected? What is the motive?

As always, Blaedel delves deeply and tackles highly-charged topics of assisted suicide with skill and finesse, crossing moral gray lines. An ideal choice for book clubs and further discussions.

With the author’s own compelling trademark style of complex plots and her own extensive background she offers great insight into her characters and continues to address controversial social issues and topics with an engaging narrative, and intriguing settings.

No matter what part of the world you are located, Sara always transports you with vivid descriptions and fascinating, well-crafted suspense thrillers. Her extensive research is reflected throughout each of her novels. If you have not read her books, it is a good time to begin your journey! Looking forward to more Louise Ricks.

A special thank you to Grand Central and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/12/15/The-Lost-Woman
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review 2016-09-02 17:09
The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
The Killing Forest - Sara Blædel

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.

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.


I read the previous book in this series last year and it was great to return to this series and to finally find out what really happened to Louise boyfriend Klaus 20 years ago when he allegedly killed himself. Louise Rick is an interesting character whose personal life has been affected deeply by Klaus suicide and in this case, with a missing boy must she confront old acquaintances of her and Klaus. In so will both she and those that she love risk danger because there are some secrets are people ready to kill to protect!

It's the case that really makes this book so intriguing because the missing boy is a member of an Asatru cult, people that worship Odin, Thor and the rest of the Nordic Gods. It was quite interesting, especially since I have always had an interest in Nordic mythology and to read about people that have returned to the old ways with blot (sacrificial feast) was fascinating. Well, it would have been even better if they didn't seem to use the cult to do bad things.

I enjoyed this book, just as much as I enjoyed the previous book. I do want to read the previous six book so that I can get to know Louise more and to learn more about her and Camilla and the rest of the characters in the book. And, I want to read the next book in the series now that she has finally put the past to rest and moved on. What's next for her and family?

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review 2016-08-25 03:38
Call Me Princess: A Novel (Pegasus Crime) - Sara Blaedel

I received The Forgotten Girls, the seventh book in the Louise Rick series, from Goodreads and I absolutely loved it, so I decided to go back and read some of the earlier books. I have to say, compared to the seventh book, this one was kind of a let down. The story is really slow and bogged down with a bunch of personal problems and relationship issues, which take away from the interesting aspects of the case. Things really didn't pick up until maybe two thirds into the novel. This book felt like it dragged on and on without much actually happening. Also, the twist was pretty predictable and not at all surprising. It is clear that this is an early book, because the story is not as tight as the later books. There were multiple grammatical errors, which is understandable given that this was a translation, but overall the writing is pretty simplistic. The writing is not very complex, besides the really graphic rape scenes, which seemed to be included to make the story more interesting, an off-putting technique that did not work for me. I have to say though, that the title of the book was genius and I really liked the empowerment of the phrase once the story got going.

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review 2016-03-30 18:21
Sara Blaedel - Die vergessenen Mädchen
Die vergessenen Mädchen: Kriminalroman - Sara Blædel,Marieke Heimburger

Der Klappentext beschreibt treffend den Anfang. Eine Frau kommt zu Tode, aber niemand scheint sie zu vermissen. Louise Rick ist seit kurzem die Leiterin besagter Vermisstenstelle. Sie und ihr neuer Partner verbeissen sich in das Schicksal dieser zunächst unbekannten Toten.

Das Buch hat alles, was ein solider Krimi braucht. Eine komplexe und ungewöhnliche Story und eine Ermittlerin mit privaten Problemen, die in diesem Falle aber aus der Vergangenheit rühren. Was mir an diesem Buch aber Probleme bereitete, war der Schreibstil. Er ist seltsam ungenau, rasch und recht kühl. Ich hatte nicht das Gefühl, den Figuren nahe zu kommen. Sie werden wenig beschrieben. Auch Louises Familienverhältnisse und ihre Freunde bleiben seltsam wage. Es wurde viel angeschnitten, was nicht zu Ende geführt wurde. Da es aber schon einen Nachfolgeband um Louise Rick gibt, ist das wohl Absicht. Aber auch in der Handlung selber ging mir vieles oft zu rasch, manches wurde irgendwie verhuscht geschrieben. Oft hatte ich das Gefühl, etwas verpasst zu haben, aber meist wurde die fehlende Information dann nachgeschoben, was mich andauernd aus dem Lesefluß brachte.
Die Geschichte selber ist durchaus gut, auch wenn mir die ganze Tragik dann leider doch nicht wirklich nahe ging. Das Ende kam dann rasch aber es wurde nicht ganz rundum nit allem abgeschlossen. Aber das mag auch in dem nächsten Band erst zu Ende geführt werden.

Ich bin etwas ratlos, wie ich das Buch bewerten soll, da ich die Story gut fand aber leider am Schreibstil fast verzweifelt bin. Blaedels Art zu erzählen war so gar nicht meins. Ich bin noch unschlüssig, ob ich dem Folgeband eine Chance geben werde.

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